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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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Leather covered antique Romadka trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Picasso antique French trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Antique something or other curb find  - Furniturein Furniture
Antique sole leather trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Antique leather covered Indian Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
1880's rare antique flat top trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Antique Romadka Brothers Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Au Depart French antique trunk  - Furniturein Furniture
Martin Maier Antique Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Antique Trunk 1880's X Model - Furniturein Furniture


  1. You have a nice early 1900's flat top trunk. These were a common style at the time and many makers manufactured them.
  2. A gorgeous trunk magnificently refinished ! Just love the high end details on this...
  3. Thanks for the love im4anythingold...
  4. This is an amazing trunk! Just love the details... super find!
  5. Thanks jackart and Caperkid for the loves..
  6. Great look/design to this one! A beautiful find even before any restoration..
  7. Totally nailed the glance in the rear view mirror on the way back from a trunk run... yah you got the same bug!
  8. Love the belt buckle clasps ... never saw those before! The other hardware I’ve seen on a variety of trunks so I assume they are parts ordered. Nice find!
  9. Welcome to the fold..
  10. Thanks for the love AnnaB and Belvedere much appreciated.
  11. This is one of their premier trunks... great find! I have the finished version of this with tin covering as you may have seen. Worth the effort!
  12. Thanks for the loves lisali1919, Vintagefran, Blasmanis, greendog and bjb5859 !
  13. Thanks so much Greendog... didn't hesitate to drive the two hours to get it !
  14. Thanks so much WillysVA... it really is pristine...
  15. Greendog it’s a possible direction, although the leather is fairly stiff, I think I made need to cut out a small section along the edge for it to lay flat...
  16. Thanks so much JS ! Yah Greendog it’s slightly bubbles in two places but not enough to warrant remedial treatment... I just use furniture stripper on leather and fine steel wool... seems to work well ...
  17. Simply beautiful...
  18. Wow Greendog... what an incredible restore on this... magnificent! The whole piece is stunning... kudos my friend!!!
  19. Lovely well made trunk. Over time we see many trunks and begin to recognize clues as to an age of a piece. Not an exact science by any stretch but it’s helpful I hope to point out wether a piece has a...
  20. Great wow factor on this... beautiful restoration!
  21. Magnificent trunk... the lock is beautiful.. great find!
  22. Awesome... great to see anther example... thanks Drill!
  23. Nice find... always great to see a new label!
  24. Fabulous restoration on a great trunk— love all the hardware on this one...
  25. Another vote for a refinish! Thanks myoldkyhome, the joy is in the discovery!
  26. fasctchr9445, you called it right - never met a trunk that hasn’t thrown me a little something... :)
  27. Greendog - a solid vote !
  28. Caperkid, therein lies the question!
  29. Hi Treebee... sorry I missed your post. Normally the maker's label is on the interior usually on the lid. However the great majority of trunks don't carry makers labels and without them its difficult ...
  30. Lovely trunk... judging by the child like hand writing I would think "Kiss Miss" was a reference to the beautiful lady on the lithograph... so a little "prankster" had his (or her) day!
  31. Thanks so much epson233... I'm still having fun doing this - thanks for the encouragement!
  32. Gorgeous... and unique! so hard to find nice flat tops.. this one is over the top beautiful -- great work!!
  33. Sean thanks for all the loves...
  34. Congrats on the Martin Maier acquisition! They are lovely works of art. This Romadka one you've posted actually would not be too difficult to restore. This hardware shines up rather nicely and you wou...
  35. This is a beautiful trunk... sorry but I've found little help for trunk addicts.. other than this site!
  36. ps. Strays can be a lot of fun if you come across the right one...
  37. You have a lovely trunk made by the Romadka brothers. They had specific patented hardware unique to them that are on this trunk. Just as a co-incidence I have the exact same trunk sitting in my garage...
  38. Early 1900's small dome top trunk. With no labl hard to know its maker... was a standard type of trunk in its day. Given that and its condition the value is very low, however the look for decor is gre...
  39. Nice "Bentwood" style trunk as the English call them. I am sceptical of it being leather covered though... I had one with a similar covering which was not leather but simulated leather.
  40. Looks like a late 1890's early 1900's dome top trunk. Looks like it has been repainted at some point.
  41. Great trunk! Nice size too... and yah this would be 'hat trunk' size but Taylor made trunks for specific purposes and items, as the label says, for professionals. So this trunk could very easily have ...
  42. Beautiful restoration-- opening your own shop?? Hey that's great news! Best of luck with your passion project!!
  43. As it turns out Tom's grandmother was a Cabaret dancer at Moulin Rogue in the year 1913. She had fallen in love with a dashing young English Intelligence officer just before the Great War broke out. T...
  44. A beautiful find... fabulous to see a full intact interior!!
  45. Tom Dooley hung down his head and cried.... poor boy... felt like he was gonna die. Unbeknownst to him however was a deep hidden truth that was about to be played out in an altogether incredulous un...
  46. Nice work on your refinishing!! Your trunk is from around 1890 or thereabouts. With no label hard to say which maker. If it was painted over then you definitely increased its value. Welcome to Collec...
  47. Beautiful refinish work Jim... love the hardware on this!
  48. Oh love trunk-dude... couldn't change my moniker without having repost everything. Let's not talk about stashed trunks hidden from hubby... lol!
  49. Thanks Briarrose for the enthusiastic response! It started with just a nice one like yours and then, well, I kinda got carried away... a bit... a lot... The amazing thing has been the discovery of so...
  50. Has elements that make me think it might be French made.
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