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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
Romadka Trunk (Western Star) circa 1886 refinished  - Furniturein Furniture
Romadka Trunk (A Western Star) circa 1886 - Furniturein Furniture
Flat top trunk refinished - Furniturein Furniture
French  Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Newest trunk find - Furniturein Furniture
M.M. Secor trunk A tribute to Indian motorcycle Co. - Furniturein Furniture
Martin Maier -Oak Slat (Bevel top) Trunk - Furniturein Furniture


  1. I apologize: these are the G.S. Eggeman patents 1891 Sheets 1 and 2 https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/65/52/f9/21d6cd48e9a585/US465694-drawings-page-1.png https://patentimages.storage.go...
  2. Hi Tom,I Didn't see this one. Just thought I would share some things I've found. I believe one of these is the patent for this trunk. Godfrey S. Eggemann wall trunk Dec. 22 1891 sheets 1 and 2 https...
  3. Some More of George Crouch patents,He certainly left his mark on the trunk industry : http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US388638-0.png https://crouchandfitzgerald.files.wordpress.co...
  4. Great find for the money. Tom I developed a deep respect for Crouch& Fitzgerald trunks . George Crouch in particular exemplified what American invention and enterprise really is. In an effort to share...
  5. https://patents.google.com/patent/US460589 Here is the link to the full patent description. Just scroll down. It is an original patent not a renewal. It appears as a stamped sheet steel hinge, ...
  6. The hinges might have come in different sizes? These do appear as a slightly larger size 3 nails top, 4 on bottom. Certainly a popular shape of the times.These are the only patents that I can find o...
  7. Love the Trunk Tom ,leather is in good shape. Here is an earlier patent by Zecariah Walsh that may apply to the lock, it does have some similar characteristics. Corbin did buy up early patents of smal...
  8. http://www.islandtrunkshop.com/antique_vintage_flat_keys.html TammyP try looking at the above link(Be sure to scroll down)maybe they can be of some help for keys.
  9. I an effort to share information here are two more patents that apply to this trunk. https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/07/ad/be/43cd63e96b85c5/US1015511-drawings-page-3.png https://pat...
  10. https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/e7/07/1f/4d007af906cc04/US1015511-drawings-page-1.png https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/5e/34/f8/bc503e00fae4d4/US1015511-drawings-page-2.png
  11. I an effort to share info for this popular 1912 trunk here are the patents https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/e7/07/1f/4d007af906cc04/US1015511-drawings-page-1.png https://patentimages.st...
  12. An Article about L. Goldsmith Newark Nj. .Newark was one of the epicenters of trunk production in the late 1800s. L.Goldsmith & Son designed the "Neverbreak" trunks of the early 1900s.He had multiple ...
  13. Here are some patents that apply to your cross slat trunk: They were made by the thousands.Always remember that it can't be older than the most recent patent date.Popular hardware was produced for a f...
  14. https://nara.getarchive.net/media/drawing-of-a-traveling-trunk-603666?zoom=true The original submitted drawing of the John Fitzgibbons trunk 11 Oct.1841 is a better picture with the shadowing in...
  15. https://books.google.com/books?id=vls-AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA104&lpg=PA104&dq=Henry+T.+Lee+trunk+patent&source=bl&ots=XyCnQ-MIyU&sig=ACfU3U2axfrAgAFndhoX4dgb0TWoP8rqNw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjLwcCn6KnmAhUBheAKH...
  16. A very good find, just as a note they were produced slightly earlier as the two patents below are certainly bucket list items that I constantly search for. The interior is actually in decent origina...
  17. Here are some additional patents that may apply.Enjoy. https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US255122-0.png http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US460589-0.png https://paten...
  18. Here are some examples of interior tray patented configurations. Notice the middle lid divider that Greendog spoke of as well as the drop down compartment lids.Note : This hardware shown to place th...
  19. Yes! That one has special written all over it.I often wonder if people even realize the amount of time spent, taking it back from oblivion. The level of attention paid, each and every inch brought to...
  20. Brian,When I saw this trunk I just loved the latches as well as everything else. I had only seen them once or twice before.I searched for the patent for a just a little bit (Ha! B.S... a lotta bit).T...
  21. Millreg, Greendog is on point. Here are some patents that may apply.I do not have this exact corner iron patent(but I'm always searching). Always remember that patents provide us parameters for time p...
  22. This was not an easy repair, I'm betting quite rewarding though, great to see you bring it back Randall. Have it dusted off and Get the trucks ready for delivery. Worth the effort. http://dazed...
  23. https://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/atq/d/cave-creek-1800s-dome-steamer-trunk/7061839770.html So much for restoration.
  24. https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US255122-0.png J.H.Sessions trunk fastener 1882 http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US399083-0.png J.Roche lock 1889
  25. Decent find ,Some similar patents that may apply: http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US986841-0.png http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US607132-0.png http://patentimage...
  26. That's just a great job, everyone take good notes of how they are done right.
  27. https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/3d/b8/45/e5644e8ceb4d18/US337187-drawings-page-1.png A similar lock patent, and slat clamp.Nice find and at the right price. https://patentimages.stor...
  28. That is just a wonderful job, can't wait to see more of your work. Martin's smiling. https://www.findagrave.com/photos250/photos/2010/226/57091536_128192645861.jpg
  29. One of the many makers and a larger manufacturer in London , that produced this style of (cabin) trunk was John Pound. His advertising does provide a glimpse into what was being produced in the indus...
  30. Another 1908 mention of Robert McQuinn pg.29 Luggage and leather goods in the link below. https://books.google.com/books?id=06VAAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PA29&lpg=RA1-PA29&dq=Robert+McQuinn++trunk+phila.+his...
  31. Below is a link to Pg.285 in the trade publication "Luggage and Leather goods 1916 It Mentions the opening of a Robert McQuinn store at 4o south 8th street and the closing of the 436 market street loc...
  32. That particular Bazar Du Voyage is extremely rare. A much smaller establishment than Vuitton and no where near the longevity of production.Wonderful to see it.
  33. I found a great picture of M.M. Secor that I thought you all might enjoy. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8d/M._M._Secor_Trunk_Company_circa_1885-90.jpg
  34. 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.
  35. I Had to add an old picture of Romadka Brothers storefront that I misplaced. Finally found it.
  36. https://www.atticpaper.com/prodimages/090610_B/youngstrunk.jpg Advertising from one manufacturer.
  37. 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...
  38. https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/25/bf/47/4971bde459a1e4/US65260-drawings-page-1.png Thomas Rivers 1870 corners hope it posts
  39. http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US107123-0.png Corners
  40. possible latch patent http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US107123-0.png
  41. http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US140338-0.png Latch patent
  42. 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...
  43. 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...
  44. 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...
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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...
  47. 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...
  48. 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 ...
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
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