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trunkman

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.... basic23skidoo@hotmail.com (Read more)

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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
Antique French Trunk late 1700's early 1800's - Furniturein Furniture
German wardrobe trunk 2 - Furniturein Furniture

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  1. 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...
  2. This is a beautiful trunk... sorry but I've found little help for trunk addicts.. other than this site!
  3. ps. Strays can be a lot of fun if you come across the right one...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  7. Looks like a late 1890's early 1900's dome top trunk. Looks like it has been repainted at some point.
  8. 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 ...
  9. Beautiful restoration-- opening your own shop?? Hey that's great news! Best of luck with your passion project!!
  10. 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...
  11. A beautiful find... fabulous to see a full intact interior!!
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. Beautiful refinish work Jim... love the hardware on this!
  15. Oh love trunk-dude... couldn't change my moniker without having repost everything. Let's not talk about stashed trunks hidden from hubby... lol!
  16. 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...
  17. Has elements that make me think it might be French made.
  18. Welcome to the world of trunks! You have a nice early 1900's flat top trunk in good condition. This style and form was made by many makers of that time so without a makers label hard to know. You have...
  19. Lovely dresser trunk -- in my area I hardly ever see any. This one looks great! I buy the rare ones whenever I come across them and figure out what to do with them later. Great find!
  20. Thanks manikin and fhrj2r for the comments!
  21. Thanks so much js, Karenoke and myoldkyhome appreciate the comments. Karenoke the universe is poised to gift you soon so keep on the lookout!
  22. You have a lovely most probably French made trunk most likely from around 1880's. (could be a little earlier than that) I actually had a smaller red trunk with the same slat clamp design -- one of our...
  23. Correct... pretty much all the carved pieces have been applied. So they carved then applied so I'm guessing they are carved mechanically?
  24. A beautiful trunk and restoration. Bravo! I missed an opportunity to have a smaller version trunk with the same hardware by 15 mins... so rare to see the grape pattern. I believe Martin of This Old Tr...
  25. Actually there are two doors and two drawers with carvings... the drawers are really cool serpents. The backs are just flat wood no markings or anything. Made after 1900's... just wondering if anyone ...
  26. Really unusual trunk which is just great to see! My first thought without reading anything was "Spanish trunk" -- just has the different feel to it and use of materials - design. (just speculation bec...
  27. Thanks for the tribute post. A true artist...
  28. Thanks so much Scott - sometimes I just pick stuff up bf decide after if it's worth the trouble. Wish I could have saved the top section but, alas, too far gone which is why it was on the curb in the ...
  29. Wow -- what an incredible trunk... and such beautiful restoration! I have one similar but without the wood slats which makes this one exceptional -- bonus beautiful lock... just superb!
  30. Thanks Drill - great to see the original ads!
  31. Thanks so much greendog, js, fortapache and manikin for the comments... js I had actually only seen this type in pictures and always was under the assumption they were medium sized so when I went to ...
  32. Ps. The trick of pictures not posting sideways depends on how you hold your iPhone when you take pics... hold phone lengthways with picture button to the right.
  33. It's a nice trunk... circa 1880. With no label hard to know who made it. Most makers bought their parts from suppliers and I believe this is the case for yours. Hope this helps..
  34. Incredible restoration... love the colours... hard to believe it could be the same trunk!
  35. Sorry missed the info you gave...not familiar with maker.
  36. Very beautiful sole leather trunk maybe 1860 - 1870. Crouch and Fitzgerald made similar trunks of this style. Re-conditioning the leather is always a good idea as it helps preserve it. There are a few...
  37. Thanks so much js... it is unusual for sure..still little idea of who made it.
  38. Thanks so much mkh... yes I thought monitor too but certainly a-typical.
  39. Took me longer to drive to pick it up than it did to refinish .. HA!
  40. Hi eye... not too long really... about 45 mins. a side.
  41. How awesome is that to have that kind of family history in a piece! Looking forward to the post of the "Two trunk sisters" re-united.
  42. Really nice colour selection for effect... great work!
  43. ps. Finding one with a key is phenomenal...
  44. So glad to hear you picked it up -- nice little gem this Jenny! Looks like you've got the bug facstchr9455.... nice selections!
  45. These are definitely American made principally East Coast New England States.
  46. By the newspaper lining I know the town... but there were many makers making this exact style trunk so there are no certianties for maker.
  47. Maybe more the owner... without a makers label it's really hard to know for sure.
  48. Pure Jenny...
  49. Very unusual trunk and superb restoration!!
  50. Do not hesitate... lovely piece.... I have a similar one posted. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/48419-antique-rawhide-trunk-1820s
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