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Crusty, Curmudgeon,Retired Drill Sgt. that collects and refinishes Trunks, love the victorian era time period and the industrial revolution. Email- markstovall@optCrusty, Curmudgeon,Retired Drill Sgt. that collects and refinishes Trunks, love the victorian era time period and the industrial revolution. Email- markstovall@optonline.net (Read more)


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Romadka trunk cont. - Furniturein Furniture
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  1. Very unique, with the amount of slats .7 on the top , 6 on the front with all that curved metal work etc. No , You just don't see that. A Great find! thanks for posting Ben.
  2. I Had to add an old picture of Romadka Brothers storefront that I misplaced. Finally found it.
  3. https://www.atticpaper.com/prodimages/090610_B/youngstrunk.jpg Advertising from one manufacturer.
  4. I apologize for my previous posts Ben . (Feel free to edit or delete as you see fit as I can not). Only one of the previously above posted patents are what I had intended.For some strange reason othe...
  5. https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/25/bf/47/4971bde459a1e4/US65260-drawings-page-1.png Thomas Rivers 1870 corners hope it posts
  6. http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US107123-0.png Corners
  7. possible latch patent http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US107123-0.png
  8. http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US140338-0.png Latch patent
  9. A few Romadka patents that apply. http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US214932-0.png http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US214932-0.png http://patentimages.storage.googlea...
  10. I do find it ironic that Martin used (1885 F.W. Beckwith patented) hinges on a trunk with his own patented latches and all his hardware. http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US322239-0...
  11. Pages 305 & 306 luggage and leather goods 1913 mentions the closing of one of the Chicago stores. https://books.google.com/books?id=vZtAAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA674&lpg=PA674&dq=Abel+%26+bach+luggage+and+leat...
  12. It's a really wonderful trunk Ben. Those latches are awesome. I knew Martin Maier had a patent for front latches as well as the rear hinge.If I waited long enough eventually I would see some form of ...
  13. L.V. does not put brass handles or lid guides on the front of their trunks. They also didn't use that lock. So if it is, it is very doctored repair. Those lid guides typically would be used for the si...
  14. It's a french "Damier " meaning checkered pattern (cabin) trunk.Desirable as you don't see them very often. Mr. Vuitton was the first to use it the pattern in 1888 ,others copied and followed. This i...
  15. Brian is right J.B. Weld is the best. It's like liquid steel. You must work fairly quickly with it though.It has saved many a trunk for me. I have even repaired embossed tin . First by making a small ...
  16. That's a wonderful addition. I've been searching for some time for one, with no luck. eventually things tend to happen. The hunt is half the fun. Much luck with it, thanks for the post.
  17. I can't wait to see it Brian. May you find as much joy in burning as I have found. Your work always has a attention to detail that is second to none.
  18. Thank you again everyone for all the kind words and the loves.It's just good to bring them back a bit and not see them discarded to the curb.
  19. That's a wonderful Dresser trunk you have found. There were many patents for these types of trunks in the late 1800's and early 1900's. They were very functional and stylish. In an effort to share inf...
  20. https://realstyle.therealreal.com/history-louis-vuitton-steamer-trunk-lv/ Tom as you well know The Daimer pattern was created in 1888 showcased at the world's fair in 1889. It is a very desirable...
  21. Yeah, that one is a stunner. A Wonderful job Brian I'm sure the interior will be just as good.
  22. I just want to thank everyone for the kind words. It really is enjoyable to bring them back. I will be giving this one away to one of my soldiers that recently returned from Afghanistan.
  23. Thanks for all the kind words. It really is just something that I enjoy doing. Incidentally , When I finally complete this trunk, I’m giving it away to one of my Drill Sgts. that served in Afghanista...
  24. Great find, wonderful to see you get it Big D. Amazed that interior survived ( I don't have much luck ever finding that). The leather lock cover and strap are almost never present. It's as complete ...
  25. https://books.google.com/books?id=eaZAAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA23&lpg=PA23&dq=F.V.+Garland+trunk+history+luggage+and+leather+goods&source=bl&ots=QrGVBpupac&sig=ACfU3U2tSKk5hljaODJ8VkG03jTdVK4N5g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2...
  26. Very nice T-Man, love the storefront picture as well and thanks for the treat I had not seen that one.
  27. Wow! That is a wonderful gift a great job as always.
  28. Very nice find Greendog it should finish out well.
  29. https://unconventionalhistorian.com/tag/martin-mathias-secor/ Your original post mentions Martin Mathias Secor. A colorful character to say the least, Above is a link to a little history. Well d...
  30. http://www.secondchancegarage.com/how-to/trunk/trunk-photos/trunk2.jpg Some advertising from the 1930s. Many Automobile trunks were extras that were supplied by multiple companies.
  31. A very nice find Josh. Another frequent and telling sign is the use of dark stain used on the ends of the slats, under the slat clamps. The hinge patent- http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.co...
  32. That's a cool find T-man. Like the key hole covers, very different.
  33. https://images.craigslist.org/01212_6cy03Pawojv_600x450.jpg Maybe look down in phoenix they are still out there.
  34. Below links to Belber information pages 64,65 with company advertising 1917. Belber trunk ( as well as others trunk companies) had multiple contracts with the war department for trunks during time o...
  35. Thank you gentleman for the interest. Some patents that apply to this Romadka trunk that helped to date it. swivel caster- http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US335148-0.png corner cla...
  36. Keep looking Brian I got a feeling that your gonna get lucky soon. I’m betting a Western Belle with all the trimmings. I must say the 10 year search was half the fun for me.
  37. That's a sure winner, love the way the metal came out on the slats.The color of the leather makes it really stand out. The right person found this one, way to bring it back.
  38. https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US532042-0.png Above is a patent for one of the variations of the trunk catch. F.J. Eichbauer's 1895 patent date can help identifying the age .It...
  39. https://patents.google.com/patent/US298453A/en The above link:(Just scroll down) Has the full patent description by J.B. Duguid, It describes his thinking of crossing the bands to provide greater ...
  40. https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US298453-0.png A Wonderful example of J.B. Duguid 's 1884 trunk patent.Thanks for the post.
  41. Wonderful, T-man way to bring it back.
  42. Great find T-Man. should finish out great.
  43. Great find Brian, glad to see it fell into proper hands. It will be a show piece when your done..
  44. Over the top stunner pal. Wow!
  45. Here is a link to some early 1878 Boston advertising: Pgs. 156 & 157 It has advertising (names and addresses from all of the prevalent trunk makers in Boston at the time. Chas Read was with Haley 1...
  46. Wardrobe trunks were made from the early 1900's thru the 1930's and beyond here are some links to some advertising from the 1920's there were many manufacturers. hope this helps a bit. https://upl...
  47. I research and collect it. Like treasure hunting It's my fun. Here are a few image links:Hope they post enjoy. http://images.indianahistory.org/utils/ajaxhelper/?CISOROOT=dc012&CISOPTR=10908&actio...
  48. https://books.google.com/books?id=yptAAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA83&lpg=PA83&dq=luggage+and+leather+goods+,+Reed+,Atwood+advertising&source=bl&ots=NdODgW5_LT&sig=ACfU3U3Q-XdwqE2pMY4cy3mWvEeuUdO8zA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2...
  49. https://books.google.com/books?id=yptAAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA83&lpg=PA83&dq=luggage+and+leather+goods+,+Reed+,Atwood+advertising&source=bl&ots=NdODgW5_LT&sig=ACfU3U3Q-XdwqE2pMY4cy3mWvEeuUdO8zA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2...
  50. http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US781621-0.png http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US986841-0.png early 1900's time period seems fitting.
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