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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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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
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


  1. Fabulous work so far greendog... looks great! I’ve only seen one of this model for sale for $600 six years ago at the onset of my collecting... kicking myself I didn’t grab it then. Although hard to b...
  2. Sure... 32’’ wide x 20’’ deep x 25’’ high..
  3. Thanks greendog! Always a pleasure to be able to restore these works of art, as you well know!
  4. Nice paper covered trunk from around 1870’s to 80’s. I would refinish this completely by taking off the paper and bring it down to nice pine body. These were the lower end type of trunk at the time as...
  5. Actually have never seen this type style of handle mounts... amazing!
  6. Great piece... excellent condition.. nice find! Trunk day indeed!
  7. Ha - sofa blast... ‘soda’...
  8. Wow... what an incredible find!! Great idea to sofa blast... saved hours of time. This is gonna be sooo nice!!
  9. Thanks for all the encouraging comments and loves! Yes this beauty has stood the test of time! Lots of artistry in the leather patterns..
  10. It’s a lovely example of a zinc trunk... love the big slats! Another great find!!
  11. Beautiful!! Great restoration on this..
  12. Well, yah know, try to call’em as I see ‘em. Back hinges are a tell tale sign of a Maier trunk, I can see yours has a stay so I’ll assume it’s not a Maier hinge. Hard to find specific info on hardware...
  13. Funny you should ask as I noticed the similarities... however it only appears as an m on the corners and I think that just be an unintentional design fluke. The ‘m’s’ on the Martin Maier trunks are a ...
  14. Nice trunk! Unique hardware on this.. haven’t seen this form/pattern before...
  15. Thanks Mike78... you are on the right path.. just a matter of time..
  16. Bb2 thanks for the heads up on isle 2 :)
  17. Ps. A few unusual features on this.. the WHLB stamped on the slats May be the makers initials... something I’ve not seen before. The dome shape top is also a rare form. The handles on the end are also...
  18. This is a very lovely 1870’s - 80’s antique trunk. Leather covered trunks of this time period often had scrolled leather in much the same pattern as yours so typical for time period. This trunk will r...
  19. This one is really nice... that’s a high quality double lock... nice pattern... hardware I think might be Sessions.. great restoration on this piece... looks fab!
  20. Beautiful restoration... really nice treatment of the alligator tin... kudos!
  21. Great idea with the led... please post results!
  22. I’ve basically have trunks in trunks now... so with ya on that front...
  23. You have a lovely dome top trunk from around the late 1890’s to early 1900’s. The dates in the hardware refer to the date they were patented but not necessarily the date the trunk was assembled. Mar 1...
  24. Lovely pic! The trunk may have been a zinc covered trunk from the 1880’s. Style wise, the shorter leather straps were often found on these types of trunk more so than other types.
  25. You could repaint the tin and refinish the wood slats but it has a nice look as it is. Nice to see it has a makers label which you normally don’t find. For posting pictures that don’t end up sideways ...
  26. You have a very lovely ‘wall trunk’, from around late 1890’s to early 1900’s. They are called wall trunks because as you see you can lift the lid whilst they remain flat against a wall as opposed to ...
  27. Beautiful piece of craftsmanship... great find!
  28. Well I definitely emailed about it when I saw the asking price... I only check Ontario adds now and again so did not see this for several days after posting..I was hoping it was you that picked it up....
  29. Well I definitely emailed about it when I saw the asking price... I only check Ontario adds now and again so did not see this for several days after posting..I was hoping it was you that picked it up....
  30. Beautiful find... a bit funny because I saw this listed but had already been sold! So glad you picked it up... it’s beautiful and a welcomed addition to your collection.
  31. Such beautiful artwork... absolutely fabulous!
  32. Thanks Drill.. and good luck in your search!
  33. Really nice trunk... love the brass finger lift!
  34. Thanks Mike... keep looking... they turn up every now and again!
  35. This is a really nice monitor style trunk... the badges across the top and cast iron fingering on the edges make this stand out. Great find!
  36. Beautifully refinished... looks amazing!
  37. Gorgeous... rarely see any older hat trunks around these parts... love the look of this one!
  38. Good work... turned out great.. beautiful trunk’
  39. Simply stunning!!
  40. Wow!! So beautiful... what a great find! Love the detail in the leather... exciting to come across these older one!
  41. Thanks js for the encouraging words... the only way to get this to ‘pristine ‘ I think would be to sandblast it... out of my league... but I love the aged look of a piece.
  42. Quite a spectacular result! WOW!!
  43. Thanks so much Caperkid... it’s actually a smaller version, the big ones have four handles...
  44. It definitely has the form and shape of a vanderman trunk, however the details in comparison would suggest otherwise... most likely as you say made by a competitor... and they were most often used as ...
  45. A very nice trunk! The lock is unusual to me... great to see something different.
  46. A really lovely piece. I have yet to see a waterfall style trunk that has been canvase covered— usually always tin which makes them harder to refinish. Great work!
  47. Interesting... certainly looks like a vanderman trunk... I have one in my collection. This one is missing their hallmark locking corner hardware and their unique design handles. The tapered end to the...
  48. Actually picked up this beauty in Burlington!
  49. Too funny! Yah it’s been around awhile... this one has over a thousand hits on Pinterest!
  50. Thanks for the love Giasole..
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