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I own the website HMSAntiquetrunks.com. I sell restored/refinished antique trunks. However, my passion lies in the actual work I do on the trunks. I sell them becausI own the website HMSAntiquetrunks.com. I sell restored/refinished antique trunks. However, my passion lies in the actual work I do on the trunks. I sell them because I want them to be enjoyed and because my place is too small to keep them all! Dead even with working on the trunks is researching the history of trunks. Thank you. (Read more)

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  1. You have a hat/bonnet trunk made in Great Britain. Probably from the early 1900's. Hmsantiquetrunks.com
  2. Actually the numbers Do mean something. Usually there are 3 or 4 numbers. One set will be the size of the trunk. 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, etc. The other number, or set of numbers, will be the part number u...
  3. Your trunk is a travel trunk and has nothing to do with the military. Probably made in the 1920's. Hope this helps, Jim HMSantiquetrunks.com
  4. VERY nice, original condition American made travel trunk. Probably from the late 1890's to the early 1900's. Yes these were called metal/zinc covered Monitor top trunks, or square trunk with rounded c...
  5. I not sure Macy's made much of anything as they were a re seller of other companies products. I have seen many trunks with the Macy label on them, and the actual makers label as well. I did find one r...
  6. Just trying to help, so please excuse me me, but this is not a packing trunk. It is a travel trunk from the early 1900's. A packing trunk was a inexpensive, paper covered trunk that usually did not e...
  7. What is the D in the title for? Leather bound, canvas covered Steamer/Cabin trunk. (Both names were used) Unfortunately, I don't have any info on this maker. This is not uncommon as there were many ma...
  8. Great early Romadka with their 1873 patent latches. Romadka did not sell their patent hardware, so whenever you see their parts you know it is a Romadka. hmsantiquetrunks.com
  9. If it helps, your trunk is a canvas covered, American made travel trunk from the late 1890's to early 1900's. It is a well made trunk with cast iron latches, slat clamps, and corner fingers. hmsantiq...
  10. Nice trunk! Pretty sure there is no covering on it, and I believe it was covered with leather. I believe the trunk is from the mid 1870's. Here's why. It did not originally have those latches, they we...
  11. Thank you all for your comments. Jim Hmsantiquetrunks.com
  12. Kathy, good eye. I had the style that you mentioned. Here is what I believe. The majority of these trunks, that we see, have the swinging keyhole cover, with the eagle on the cover. They also have the...
  13. CW won't let us talk about value. I guess they want us to hold hands and sing Cumbia, trade beads, and pretend that everything has the same value. Unfortunately, when insuring our possessions, the ins...
  14. Thank you very much, I will post another photo nude.
  15. Your trunk is an American made, leather covered, barrel top travel trunk from the mid 1870's. The latches have a patent date of July 1 1873, so it can't be older than that date. Nice trunk, well made....
  16. The P mark most likely has to do with the lock. Your trunk is German, and the style of that trunk is quite common with German trunks. Without a label, it could of been made by one of many trunk makers.
  17. Dep means de'pose', or registered. This is similar to our patent system and was used in France, and Germany. How do you know the maker? Is there a label or tag on it? Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  18. Same comment as my previous one, except this trunk is probably a little older. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  19. Your trunk is most likely from Australia. It is not American made. The exterior is covered with metal, and you can check with a fridge magnet. LENBACH N4 is the name of the company that made that smal...
  20. The maker of your trunk is Josiah Cummings out of Boston. I have an 1860 catalog (the earliest catalog I have seen to date). Go here for some great information on Cummings, https://books.google.com...
  21. You have a metal covered travel trunk from around the 1920's - 1930's. It is of course American made. Without a makers label (which would have been proudly displayed inside the trunk) it is impossible...
  22. You have an American made travel trunk from around 1910. It has a canvas covering, and Vulcanized fiber edging and center bands. (I know it looks like leather, but it is not) The initials are most lik...
  23. Not a plain Jane at all, very nice trunk. However, my personal opinion is to lose the Gold paint. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  24. O, I get it. You want us to go to the link that shows how someone ruined some nice trunks, right?
  25. Your point is what?
  26. Thank you everyone. Jim
  27. Photos of the ends, bottom, and complete interior may help tell us if this was an American trunk, or from another country. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  28. It says, Eagle Lock Terryville Conn., which is the maker of the lock, not the trunk. Your trunk is an American made travel trunk from around the 1880's-1890's. It was covered with leather, canvas, or ...
  29. Now THAT is how you restore a Louis Vuitton trunk! Take notice all of you who have "restored" one of these, this is how it is done! Fantastic!! I told Ben throughout this restoration that this level o...
  30. Now THAT is how you restore a Louis Vuitton trunk! Take notice all of you who have "restored" one of these, this is how it is done! Fantastic!! I told Ben throughout this restoration that this level o...
  31. Great Romadka! with all the trimmings. Metal covered trunks pose the most problems. If you are making one for yourself, you can paint it pink with green polka dots. However, if you plan to sell it an...
  32. The trunk was made by Martin Maier, as per the patent Maier hinges and the patent Maier slat clamp on the end, center, bottom. That hardware was patented in 1884. MM Secor, nor any other maker forged ...
  33. Very nice Jenny Lind. Great label! Nice brass lock. Did you have the buttons off? Are they lead filled? This could help date the trunk. The lead filled ones were only used prior to around 1860. I don'...
  34. I wonder why all of the recent posts have the photos sideways, or upside down? Is this due to the posters or is this a C.W. issue?
  35. BB are the initials of the owner. Charles Sturm, the mathematician, was not the owner as he was dead when this trunk was made. This French trunk was made in the early 1900's. The Charles Strum on the...
  36. Thank you everyone, it was a fun trunk to build.
  37. Thank you Racer. I actually purchased the canvas at a local fabrics store about 2 years ago. One yard was all they had, and said they would not be getting anymore. Probably a Chinese knock off, but i...
  38. Greendog, if you want to reproduce the original interior email me a photo of the interior (or post one) I may be able to help (jimcardoza@pacbell.net). I have several Romadkas with original interior, ...
  39. Very nice trunk. Your trunk does have latches, they are on the front corners. It looks like the left one may still be intact. These were Romadka's 1877 patent latches. The problem with them was a bad ...
  40. Follow up. Generally speaking, and I am no expert, when I see a trunk with rounded, and curved slats, I think German or Great Britain. French trunks usually had narrow flat slats, and, well we all kn...
  41. Very nice piece! I have not seen one like that. I believe your trunk is German. The latches say "gesetzilbeschuizt", which is german for "Protected by law" (our version of patent) I have yet to find G...
  42. Greendog, a major reason this site exists is to provide information. The half a dozen or so that post on this forum are only a fraction of those that view it for information. Google "Antique trunks" a...
  43. American made, fancy metal (at least that's how most trunk catalogs referred to them) covered, cross slat (slats on top running from front to back) travel trunk. Made sometime in the 1890's. Most like...
  44. I believe that is an English made, Camphor wood chest (not a traveling trunk). I would guess the mid 1800's as approximate age. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  45. Very nice job on the (Pepto) paint removal, It is not something I would of attempted. As far as the lock goes, it was imported from Great Britain. During the time that trunk was manufactured (around t...
  46. The trunk is covered with tooled, patent leather. The bumps are, I believe, a result of the breakdown of the chemicals used in the process. Most all patent leather trunks I have seen deteriorate in th...
  47. I am stumped on the "coins" My guess is that it was something the owner, or baggage dept. put there.
  48. Geendog, be patient, it takes time. I will explain. When a trunk is referred to as a barrel top, or barrel stave top, it is in reference to the construction of the top. The barrel shape is produced by...
  49. Greendog, please don't hate me. It is not a barrel top trunk. A barrel top trunk has a higher center like a barrel on end. It's just a travel trunk. Check the metal with a magnet to see if it sticks a...
  50. Your trunk is most likely a Packing trunk or "Packer". These trunks were used in the same way we would use a box to pack things in when moving. You could use them for traveling but they were very ligh...
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