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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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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
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


  1. Truly magnificent work on these interiors! Colours and attention to detail are marvellous... impressive work!!
  2. Great pic.. superb collection!!!
  3. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. 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....
  6. AWESOME find!!!
  7. Sometimes it feels like I’m collecting stories! Welcome anytime.. :)
  8. I’m always amazed at pre-industrial craftsmanship... these are true artists/artisans at work..
  9. Wow really beautiful! I’ve seen some variations of these over the years... good to have some background information. Thanks for the post!
  10. 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.
  11. 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...
  12. Thanks for your encouraging comment Elisabethan... it’s a nice addition to my collection!
  13. Elizabethan thank you so much!
  14. Nice find there Bb2. Looks about circa 1910 -20’s... Looks in excellent shape.. I would gun oil the metal parts.
  15. Thank you all for the lovely comments, js best wishes in return!
  16. Like it? Love it!!! Beautiful work..
  17. 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!
  18. 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!
  19. Wow! Gorgeous trunk beautiful restoration... kudos!
  20. Beautiful work... stunning result!
  21. Raining in Michigan... dry spell in Quebec! Another great find! Glad to see these falling into the proper hands.
  22. Yah great bevel top.. so rare to see... another great find!
  23. Another beauty... love this!
  24. Wow... those back hinges are super cool. You are coming across some very unique pieces! Seems I’m in a bit of a lull here these days... so thanks for picking up the slack!!
  25. Thanks for the love krimsynkittyn...
  26. Wow... wow... fabulous find!!!
  27. You have a nice early 1900’s steamer trunk. Steamer trunks are these smaller sized ones that could be taken in to your cabin on trips abroad. Nice to have some of the old railway stickers. Clean it up...
  28. Stellar find Greendog! Love everything about this piece... amazing!
  29. Great work on restoration and a gorgeous trunk!
  30. Likly made nice high quality trunks. Yours was made around the early 1900’s. Looks like it’s covered in vulcanized fibre. Nice to see a good size ‘steamer’ trunk such as this. Great find!
  31. Post your Martin Maier and we’ll be better able to contribute.
  32. Great piece! Such nice condition too! Interesting that I have the same style but there’s a different makers name on mine. I believe yours would have been the patented maker and mine a ‘knock off’. So ...
  33. Finished out rather nicely!
  34. Thanks so much JS... appreciate your comment!
  35. Very nice Mike! Over my 6 years of collecting I’ve only come across one Clinton Wall Trunk... so not many around up this way. This is a nice example.
  36. All in good time...
  37. Early 1900’s flat top trunk. This style and type of trunk was a common make at the time. There are always small variations of hardware on trunks. With no makers label difficult to ascertain manufactur...
  38. Well you certainly didn’t go wrong at $25! Since this is painted over you can use warm soapy water with a clean cloth and even a soft brush to give it a light scrub. Should clean up nicely and defini...
  39. Ps. The designation ‘steamer’ trunk actually refers to the smaller trunks that could fit under a bed aboard a ship...
  40. Great start! I like the look of this too..
  41. You have a nice 1880’s dome top trunk. Without a label hard to say who made it but that’s pretty typical. It has some condition problems ie. wood slats are in rough shape. The hardware on this one is ...
  42. Looks like you have a flat top trunk from the early 1900’s. Most likely it is in original state re. colour. Without a label no way of knowing maker as this was a standard trunk made by many at the tim...
  43. Wow! Both to the trunk and your marvellous restoration!! Yes a work of art indeed...
  44. Stunning! Hard enough to find even one beautiful flattop let alone a pair. Inspirational posts like this keep me in the game...
  45. Unfortunately too far gone... not even for parts.
  46. The result is quite stellar... such beautiful work on the restoration!
  47. 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...
  48. Sure... 32’’ wide x 20’’ deep x 25’’ high..
  49. Thanks greendog! Always a pleasure to be able to restore these works of art, as you well know!
  50. 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...
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