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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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English Antique Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Exceptional Montreal Made Antique Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Beautiful antique brass trunk lock Barrington & Sons - Furniturein Furniture
Antique trunk Hungary Wurzl  - Furniturein Furniture
JB Hirsch Antique Pirate Lamp - Lampsin Lamps
Antique Suitcase 1860’s - Bagsin Bags
Antique trunk  - Furniturein Furniture
Antique flat top trunk 1880’s - Furniturein Furniture
Rare Carpet Covered Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
French antique trunk circa 1890 - Furniturein Furniture


  1. Thanks so much for the kind words Manikin !!
  2. Thanks for the updated info myoldkyhome, as I have only read one thing in passing and your explanation seems more plausible! Thanks BigD for the comments n encouragement! Thanks Drill, that is exac...
  3. Thanks so much Js… appreciate the comments !!
  4. Thanks so much Drill ! A joy to come across the nice ones from time to time..
  5. Thank you Jscott... rhineisfine, bigD338 for the kind comments. I love the thought of it being a piece of Canadiana..
  6. Always good to have a project in hand... I’ve got one that’s been in the garage for four years waiting... waiting..
  7. Sounds like you are off to a good start.. make sure to let us see the results!
  8. Hmmm... that’s a bit of a dilemma for sure. Is there a serial number on the lock? Also you could post a pic of the trunk with a close up of the lock and ask is any members know where a key might be as...
  9. Common flat top trunk from early 1900’s. (indicated by the type of hardware on it) Would be a good candidate for refinishing.
  10. Nice flat top trunk. The numbers on the handle were probably parts numbers for the manufacturer.
  11. Nice character trunk! They are common enough, I’ve owned a few along the way and they appear often on classifieds. Probably not many posted online per se as they are not particularly valuable. Thanks ...
  12. Another mystery solved !!! Thanks for the smile !!
  13. Perfect link JS... yours is a lot closer in style and shape! These are rare hard to come by in any condition... cool find!
  14. Hi Dani... I have a similar suitcase on my posting if you wish to see what this liked like in better days! Without a makers label it’s fairly difficult to ascertain who made it as there we many makers...
  15. Awesome trunk! Fabulous example of a great trunk maker!
  16. Thanks Drill for the great links and information... great to get updated! It’s always a pleasure to come across a well crafted trunk...
  17. Thanks so much Js ! They are really wonderfully made. They are a joy to collect... although I hesitated on this one for two weeks. The price was a giveaway but I didn’t look closely at the ad pictures...
  18. Thank you so much PhilDMorris for the informative well researched information. Happy to know some history on the piece and maker. As you know part of the clue to age can be found in the hardware used ...
  19. Thank you racer4four, I’m thinking he’ll love it... bought everyone a little something from the shop.. the only time I can honestly say I truly enjoyed Xmas shopping!
  20. Thanks Manikin... glad you like ! :)
  21. Amen fortapache!
  22. Feeling a new appreciation for bronze art work! Lovely!
  23. Thanks so much Js ! I took the pic at the antique shop... thought about it for a day or two and then realized how much I liked it.. and anxiously went back hoping it was still there... lol. Not a tru...
  24. Thanks so much mcheconi !
  25. The beauty of these old trunks is that wood always comes back — unless it has been left outside for too long and is over weathered. I would certainly refinish this project. Have fun with it!
  26. Beautiful find! Is that a key I see - super bonus! Glad you were spared the long drive, I’ve had about a 50% success rate on people willing to ship.. usually they do out of kindness because they could...
  27. Thanks so much Drill! Appreciate the link and yes very similar... particularly the shape and dimensions of the dome plus trim. Certain configurations are typical of a few makers so definitely can link...
  28. An amazing trunk in every respect — such craftsmanship went into this. Love all the details and trim..
  29. Awesome find! Had not seen those corner latches before. These are so beautiful once restored. Kudos to the CW team helping each other out !
  30. Wow... incredible trunk and incredible restoration to match.. really awesome!
  31. Thanks myoldkyhome for the nice comment!
  32. Thanks so much Manikin !!
  33. Thanks for the kind words lptools..
  34. Thanks so much Drill! Great info once again. Yes I was surprised to see how good of a condition this piece is in. I have never seen one come up before, even in bad shape. Even the stickers are pristin...
  35. Sooo got that right !!! Thanks for the encouragement :)
  36. lol... Yh BB2 enduring a long no decent trunks found drought ! Nice to hear from you :) !
  37. Fortapache... exactly, like finding money on the street! Thanks facstchr .... always nice to have a project lined up !
  38. Exciting find... just love the road trips getting these gems... the anticipation going and the feel of having in the back on the way home !!
  39. Wow... beautifully done.. kudos!!
  40. Great look Drill... love it!
  41. Love to see things on trunks I haven’t seen before.. those “rosettes” are fabulous!
  42. Thanks so much Trey !!
  43. Thanks for the info... much appreciated!
  44. Looks to be around from 1910 - 30’s. Standard storage trunk in its day. Thanks for the post!
  45. Wow! That’s an awesome restoration. That’s inspiring to see... what can be done when all looks lost!
  46. Awesome trunk... love the cast iron “badges” across the top - don’t see them too often. Thanks for the post... always happy to see these!
  47. Beautiful trunk... so hard to find this type/style. Lovely!!
  48. Nice trunk definitely worth the restoration!
  49. Oh my ! What a beautiful restoration! Everything about this trunk is awesome. Love the contrast of black silver with the bronze and wood. They just don’t come any better than this... kudos well done!
  50. Took me awhile to find a dresser trunk... this one is in great shape. I know what you mean by filling the void. My goal has been to get one of each type and maker ... over these 10 yrs now I only have...
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