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Born and raised in Michigan, worked for Michigan department of corrections for almost 30 years retired 2012, love to golf got into trunks about seven years ago.
Vanderman worksite tool chest, patented in 1897
Steamer trunk refers to a specific size and shape of trunk, a trunk that is in the 30 to 36 inch long range and usually no more than 14 inches high so that it would slide under the berth/bunk of a ste...
you know where I'm at, anytime.
The missing lock was a Corbin lock patented 1883, rear hinges patented 1879 along with front corner latches, MM hardware patented 1885 all by Martin Maier, Detroit Mich. this trunk is probably mid to ...
I have a set on one of my shiny MM that you have looked at.
Well sue, yes, the rare Martin Maier corner latches are original to the trunk, they were patented in 1879 but for some reason were not used very much, as you know I'm a collector of MM trunks this is ...
You have a barrel top trunk from around mid to late 1880's possibly early 1890's the stamped tin hardware was patented in 1880 by Charles Taylor, the front latches patented 1882 also Taylor, the lock ...
yeah this is a nice one Damon, I know it was in rough shape when you got it, a lot rougher than we thought from the pictures and I know you put a ton of work into it and it shows, we talked about the ...
This is a inexpensive mechanically mass produced assembly line suitcase style trunk, probably from around 60's or 70's give or take a bit, with that time frame could have been made in U.S.
Outstanding trunk, great find!
Most trunk makers interiors were random, all trunk makers used the same lithograph pictures and trims, the answer to your other questions is yes anything is possible.
The bow on the latch means nothing, it was simply a design, I have been collecting and restoring trunk for 10 years now, and In my opinion it really doesn't matter who made the trunk, there were thous...
You can drive yourself crazy researching info trying to find a maker of your trunk, but like I said without a hardware ID or a makers label there's no way of knowing, believe me I know.
I believe that latch was patented by Charles Taylor 1878.
More than likely the S was the maker of the hardware and not the trunk itself, I've never seen this hardware before but it could be J.H. Sessions.
I don't think the first trunk is a Martin Maier, I'm not sure what makes her think that it is, I think its a Taylor trunk, most common trunks were very similar to each other, you could have two trunks...
I would say 1890's give or take a bit, the stenciled letters I would say is the persons name, destination would have been a label of some kind tacked on the trunk, this is a very common style of trun...
Also without a makers label or identifiable hardware almost impossible to say who the maker was.
I believe the trunk is American made, the front latches were patented in 1882 by Charles Taylor, Lancaster is Lancaster, England, but millions of trunks were made in America and sent to Europe, the VR...
Funny I just finished one exactly like this except mine was leather covered but the hardware and lock were the same. 34 inch is obviously is the length of the trunk, the #27 not sure on could be the...
It's a tool chest, the IOOF stands for, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the FLT stands for Friendship Love and Truth, what was your uncle's name, may have been his initials.
This is a very common style trunk made by hundreds of trunk makers at the time, the lock was made by the eagle lock co. common style used for decades, the front latches I believe were patented in 1893...
Nice job Kathy, looks great!
Well it doesn't have Martin Maier Patented corner hinges, so I can't say for sure that it is an MM, but like I said it has the look of one, the black end slats and the tight vertical row of nails goin...
Does it have rear corner hinges? it has the look of a Martin Maier, please show picture. The front latches were patented 1882 by Charles Taylor, the 1877 corner hardware patented 1877 by Taylor also, ...
Well first things first, not a steamer trunk, the correct term is Barrel top travel trunk and it is American made, millions of these trunks were sent to Europe by American trunk makers, they were bou...
well unfortunately this is a very common trunk made by hundreds of trunk makers at the time, this is a 50 dollar trunk give or take a bit, as for stacking they just turned them on end or it's back.
Your trunk is American made from around mid 1890's, I believe the front latches were patented in 1893 by O. D. Hunter, American trunk makers sent hundreds of thousands if not millions of trunks like t...
Not a steamer trunk, steamer trunks were a specific size and shape usually in the 30 to 38 inch long range and no more then 14 inches in height so they could fit under the bunks in a steamer ship as s...
Well it's like I said, because hardware was used for decades, it's very hard to be exact on dates, most of the time if you can get within five to ten years your doing good, I still say late 1890's to ...
your trunk is a barrel top trunk from around very late 1890's to early 1900's because of the metal lid lift and the flat crown like hardware on the top edges, the pressed tin slat clamps were patente...
late 1890's to early 1900's
I have a trunk By BB&B, not in business long about 25 years or so, this is a wardrobe trunk not a steamer trunk, steamer trunks were of a specific size and shape, usually in the 30 to 38 inch in lengt...
I know the Scotten tobacco co. was one of the largest in America at the time, suppling all over the U.S., Hawaii, and parts of Europe, when they leased the buildings from his wife I wonder just how mu...
Hey Drill, in your opinion when do you think the last of the barrel top MM's with MM hardware were made, that's what I'm wondering, when he died and his wife leased the building, when Paquette got the...
Interesting, but I believe the barrel top MM with the MM hardware may have died with Martin Maier in 1893, do you have any info on how long the tobacco co. was in operation and as to when Frederick Pa...
The other question I wonder about is that MM died 1893, wife immediately leased the building to a well known tobacco co. was that the end of MM co. ? later, it said someone took ownership of the build...
Yeah, I've read that several times, Not sure how to take it, did the building burn or did the partnership burn out?, after talking with Jim C. about this, when MM moved if he had labels left over he p...
very cool to see an early MM, I have one similar made the very same way with the end caps on all the wood slats and they are metal not brass, mine has the 1873 metal latches, same hardware just on a ...
Ok, this is a barrel top travel trunk probably from around late 1880' to early 1890's because of the Eastlake style lock on it, very cool locks somewhat rare, but you see them around, this trunk was ...
This trunk could have been made anywhere from early 1880's to 1890's , the front latches were patented in 1872 the pressed tin slat clamps on the top were patented in 1880, however this hardware was u...
Hey Tom, nice trunk, not fond of the restoration on this one but it's a very nice trunk, I think it could be so much better, it's just to much one color for me. The wheat tin is one of my favorites a...
Your welcome Kathy, let the wheel do the work, can't wait to see it when your done.
I have to come back to this MM trunk, I know everyone probably thinks, oh another Martin Maier but this isn't just another MM. Anyone that knows me knows that MM trunks are my favorite trunks especial...
No problem Tom, nice find, first one that I've seen that was similar to mine, with the same shape and wood slat configuration, nice.
I would say 30's or 40's it is vulcanized fiber, you don't have to clean it with anything special, 0000 steel wool and Murphy oil soap, this is a travel trunk, for the most part there wasn't a lot of ...
Thank you KathyKay, good luck with your retirement and hope to see them when you are done.
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