Posted 8 years ago
I JUST picked up this metal steamer trunk project at a garage sale .
Problem is it is very rusty and the leather handles have rotted off (the remnants are inside of it). I don't know a thing about it and have so many questions. Anyone have ideas of age, maker? What kind of metal it may be and how to treat the rust and presumably wood on the top?
The latches on the front read PAT JUL 972. The ornaments on the top are quite rusty but appear to read Alonarige. Inside one (stamped metal?) hinge is missing and the other is detached.
I'm so excited to restore it (a DIY girl at heart) but not so eager that I'm willing to jump in blind and do something that may hurt it in some way. It's a gift for my husband who always sulks away from the expensive steamer trunks at antique stores like a kid being dragged away from the playground.
Thanks for any restoration/dating/maker info that you're willing to share.