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Montreal Canada

I have enjoyed collecting various items over the years. Most of the things I have acquired have come by chance, as picks or as gifts or finds. Little by little they I have enjoyed collecting various items over the years. Most of the things I have acquired have come by chance, as picks or as gifts or finds. Little by little they get added to and begin to form a grouping. As you may have noticed, one of my main interests is trunks. Trunk collecting began 25 years ago when I noticed an old trunk teetering on the top of a big item garbage truck. I followed the truck for six blocks until I could finally get alongside of it and flag it down. I asked if I could have the trunk and he said for the price of a cup of coffee it was mine, so I gave him a dollar and gleefully came home and cleaned it up. I have rescued over 15 trunks since then and have recently started to augment my collection through specific purchases, trying to get one of each type that I like. I will post them from time to time. What a great forum this is! Happy to talk trunks and cabbages and kings.... (Read more)


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Rare Carpet Covered Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
French antique trunk circa 1890 - Furniturein Furniture
1885 Antique Martin Maier Trunk oak slat - Furniturein Furniture
Martin Maier Oak Slat Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
1820’s - 40’s leather trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Antique fishing lures - Fishingin Fishing
1880’s Saratoga grade antique trunk  - Furniturein Furniture
Antique Oak Slat Trunk Flat Top - Furniturein Furniture
Vanderman Trunk  - Furniturein Furniture
Antique Oak Slat Trunk. 1880’s - Furniturein Furniture


  1. Locks are so cool! Sorry I’m a bit late catching up on posts... so nice to see new features!
  2. Thanks myoldkyhome, willlovins, facstchr9455, and greendog for the great comments!
  3. The fold down front feature is unusual so that’s kinda cool.
  4. The lining looks original so highly doubtful there would be a label. Most trunks do not have labels. Greendog is right in urging caution with removing canvas from a trunk dated after early 1900’s as I...
  5. Nice find! Seems to be a standard flat top trunk from around early 1900’s. Without a label it’s hard to know what company made it as there were many. You can clean up the hardware and canvass and use ...
  6. Thanks so much greendog! I never noticed the feature of the slats right up against the ends on the top! Surveying my trunks and others I see this is an exception in design. Yh this one has a lot going...
  7. Thanks greendog... I’m with you on this. There is on this trunk a simplistic beauty that is highlighted by the high quality lock. Too bad the front panel brass buttons are missing... they would have a...
  8. Thanks facstrchr9455 for the lovely comment.
  9. Thanks Drill... I hadn’t come across this style of lock before... thanks for the comment.. finding something new is part of the fun!
  10. Thanks greendog... didn’t know there were model names for these.
  11. A worthy project and great find! The transformation will be stunning... such joy to find and work on these. Why do you call this a Western Star... is this a model name?
  12. Stellar craftsmanship... beautiful work!
  13. Thanks Im4anythingOld and shareurpassion for the great comments!
  14. Thanks eye !
  15. Thanks so much FatBoy64... appreciate the sentiment!
  16. Thanks Mike78.... appreciate the enthusiasm!
  17. Thanks so much Drill!
  18. Lovely trunk! I’m thinking the markings in the leather handles are parts numbers. Welcome to Collectors Weekly!
  19. Thanks so much Billretirecoll, appreciate the comment and visit!
  20. Wow... beautiful transformation ! Nicely done... kudos!!
  21. Thanks Mrstyndall, facstchr9455, and myoldkyhome for the encouraging comments!
  22. This is quite beautiful... amazing how you restored the fabric!
  23. Thanks Greendog... always appreciate your comments and input!
  24. Thanks Drill!
  25. It was typical to place the owners name on the side of a trunk... which would be the case for yours. T. E. Barse... looks like, with chests written underneath so I’ll makes the assumption he traveled ...
  26. Greendog what two stain colours did you use on your MM?
  27. Thanks Mike78, facstchr9455 and Greendog for the comments!
  28. Great trunk!! Marvellous to have a beveled top find and bonus interior tray. Great find!
  29. Ps. I suspect the repair label is also the maker’s label... seems he had a multipurpose label..
  30. The nickname for these in England is ‘bentwood trunks’. They are common as large numbers of immigrants used these lightweight utilitarian trunks to pack their belongings. Other than replacing the lock...
  31. Truly magnificent work on these interiors! Colours and attention to detail are marvellous... impressive work!!
  32. Great pic.. superb collection!!!
  33. Steven my thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m not too connected to buyers to be honest and living in Canada makes shipping an issue.. hopefully others can help you along in this part of your journe...
  34. Yes nice standard flat top... but I agree the cast iron design on the top is unusual and not seen very often placed this way.
  35. Wow! You are my 100th like !! Thanks so much for your kind words. Once you spend a bit more time on this site you will discover some true master’s of restoration whose sandals I am unworthy to untie....
  36. AWESOME find!!!
  37. Sometimes it feels like I’m collecting stories! Welcome anytime.. :)
  38. I’m always amazed at pre-industrial craftsmanship... these are true artists/artisans at work..
  39. Wow really beautiful! I’ve seen some variations of these over the years... good to have some background information. Thanks for the post!
  40. Thanks so much Elizabethan, knowing your keen eye for design in jewelry makes this a lovely comment. Things that are well designed and made always shine through.
  41. Hey Greendog... thanks for your honest comment... and subtle humour, ‘cause yes they are relatively the same aren’t they! I would agree, my Martiin Maier is by far my preferred between the two. How LV...
  42. Thanks for your encouraging comment Elisabethan... it’s a nice addition to my collection!
  43. Elizabethan thank you so much!
  44. Nice find there Bb2. Looks about circa 1910 -20’s... Looks in excellent shape.. I would gun oil the metal parts.
  45. Thank you all for the lovely comments, js best wishes in return!
  46. Like it? Love it!!! Beautiful work..
  47. Awesome find!! Such a beautiful moment to come across your first oak slat! This one is so cool... never knew Clinton even made these... great to know there are still incredible finds to come!
  48. Lovely find! I have one on my site for comparison... does not have the ‘x’ on all sides like yours witch is way cool! Looking forward to your beautiful restoration!
  49. Wow! Gorgeous trunk beautiful restoration... kudos!
  50. Beautiful work... stunning result!
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