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    Posted 8 years ago

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    Help needed... Love it! I picked this trunk up at a flee market. Wanting to learn a little about it.It shows the following markings:
    Outside: The Belber Trunk & Bag Co. Oshkosh Wisconsin Trademark.
    a bunch of patented information.
    5 drawers on right side and clothes rack/extension, shoe holders, at bag of some sort, and a round ball thing (not sure what it is).
    Underneath 4 drawer: Patented Dec. 22. 1914, No. 1,121,933 The Oshkosh Trunk Company.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      The fact that you have a makers label is significant for any trunk. Osh Kosh made a medium to high quality trunk and yours appears to be a nice example of a wardrobe trunk of its time. What other type of information were you hoping to find?
    2. Hollingsworth Hollingsworth, 5 years ago
      I just got a 1914 Oshkosh steamer trunk with the key. I was able to unlock it but I could not actually open the trunk by separating the two halves. I tried pulling them apart but they wouldn't budge. Any suggestions? patient # 1060937.
    3. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Did you try opening it upside down -- sideways etc... something inside must have shifted... try to give it a good shake as well...
    4. Conansoranno, 4 years ago
      Rotate the shackle that has the main lock on it. The shackle once unlocked is on a long hinge and then becomes a crank like a car window. When you rotate this, it unlocks the retaining claws all the way down the inside of the trunk and pushes it open the first inch.
    5. Conansoranno, 4 years ago
      It's a great trunk. I recently found one myself and love it.
    6. imagp, 3 years ago
      Thanks to Conansoranno the instructions for opening the Oshkosh Steaner Trunk was invaluable. I had the key but had no clue about cranking the locking mechanism “like a car window” and that’s all we needed! Thank you for that; it was a bit of a puzzle and avoided any damage trying to force it open. Many thanks to you and this site for collecting valuable tips!

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