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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.
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Thank you GateKeeper, appreciate it
I've seen that one Drill, I have talked to the lady a couple of times about the trunk, it's a 4 hour drive one way for me, I'm amazed that it hasn't sold.
the front latches were patented in 1872, the tin cross slat clamps on the top were patented in 1880 by C. A. Taylor, the black color or japanning as it was called was a heavy black lacquer used on met...
unfortunately no, this is a very common and inexpensive trunk made by hundreds of trunk makers of the time, from early 1880's to early 1900's
I believe this is Irish Celtic, you can research Irish Celtic cross to find out more.
That' weird that the drawing say's Nov 1879 and the actual hardware is marked Oct. 1877, also the lid stays were patented in 1870, and yes the latches should say 1878 on them.
yes, both of my latches are the same as are Damon's but have a different spring configuration.
In the 4th photo, the left are my latches, the one on the right are Damon's latches.
I agree 100%, this is a strange one, having the same patent date one would think that you would see them as often as you see the MM rear hinges, but not so, why? there has to be a reason for the rarit...
Thanks officialfuel, appreciate it.
Thank you Vynil33rpm and FatBoy64 appreciate it very much.
Sometimes it was just black or Japan as it was called, I also think some of the hardware had a gold tint to it not sure how they did it but it wasn't paint like we use today.
I have to be honest with you David, not a huge fan of the gold hardware but if you like it that's all that matter's I respect that, most, but not all cast hardware was hot dipped in tin for two reason...
Thank you DavidP, appreciate it very much, I also like that one very much, it's the only one that I have ever blacked out the hardware, some people don't like that and i get it but I think it gives th...
Thank you fortapache and WillysVA, hope all is well.
Thanks Drill but I think I'd rather have the 57, LOL!
Thank you Tom, I appreciate your comments as always.
blunderbuss2, thank you very much, I really appreciate it.
Thank you Damon, I have to agree I really like this one, the only thing that would make it better is if it had a brass star double lock on it, thanks.
Thank you Tman, I was quite surprised to find this one and even more surprised that Big D found one a few days later, I just don't believe that there's many out there with the front corner latches, go...
Let's try this again, very nice trunk Damon very glad you got it, really funny that we got virtually the same trunk with the exception of the tin just days apart, I did see the 1879 patent date when ...
No, your trunk was made by MM, and no, not all MM trunks have the M hardware.
No, Martin maier did not sell the rights to any of his patents, however MM did make trunks for other trunk co's and use MM hinges, such as Beals and Selkirk, they put there label in the trunk but it w...
Well I'm not Drill but I'll put my two cent's in, for me Martin Maier, Romadka Brothers, Haskell Brothers, MM Secor, F. Eggeman, some of George Burroughs, Jenny Lind trunks, not an LV fan but Louis Vu...
Well, you can always send a few my way, LOL!
very nice, you seem to have struck the mother load on trunks lately Tom.
Nice to see something besides alligator tin.
Thank you FatBoy64, appreciate it.
I would say right around 1880 give or take a bit, without a label or identifiable hardware impossible to say who the maker was, the style was made by many trunk makers at the time and they all used th...
Need to see some pictures of the Trunk.
Thank you blunderbuss2, appreciate it.
Well Drill, it's not a big deal and we will never know, these front corner latches may not have been put into production as the rear hinge was in 1879, if it was it stands to reason that they would l...
Thank you krimsynkittyn and officalfuel, appreciate it.
Hey thanks Ben, the trunk has been refinished (not original) and it is a poor job, but yes on the brass lock.
interesting, I know it's just a drawing, but in the drawing the front corners have the same shape and lines as the rear hinge, but in reality look totally different and have no patent date as the rear...
Thank you Damon, appreciate it, hopefully you will find one.
Thank you kwqd, Watchsearcher, fortapache, RichmondLori, and GateKeeper, appreciate it.
Thank's Tom, yeah I have been looking for one ever sense I found out about them, yes they are locking latches.
Thanks Drill, you know I just wonder why the M is different on the corner latch than it is on the other hardware, seems like it would be the same, was it a prototype piece that was discontinued? ma...
WOW Tom, that's a nice one, yeah latches are 1878 so your right in the ball park, love it! wish it was mine, LOL.
Sorry I don't know anyone in that area.
I would say mid 1850's to mid 1860's, it does look like a Jenny Lind, looking at it from the end, does it have an hour glass or bread loaf shape ? if it does, it's a Jenny Lind, very nice, it could be...
well its right around mid 1880's give or take a bit, barrel top, the S on the hardware is for J.H. Sessions he patented the hardware but did not make the trunk, without a label hard to say who the ma...
very common trunk from mid to late 1880's give or take a bit, made by hundreds of trunk makers, without a label hard to say who.
Very nice, really like the lock.
Just FYI, the easiest way to spot a MM trunk, it will have MM corner hinges patent date 1879 or it will have MM hardware patented around 1885 sometimes both sometimes just hinges or a Martin Maier lab...
OK, I'm a little confused you start out by saying rare Martin Maier but then say not sure who the maker is. Martin Maier was a trunk maker in Detroit Mich. I don't see anything on this trunk to say th...
True I do like MM trunks, wish I could find one with something other than alligator tin, never have seen straps on the inside of a MM, confused on the label, why they would put there label on it when ...
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