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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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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
1885 Antique Martin Maier Trunk oak slat - Furniturein Furniture
Martin Maier Oak Slat Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
1820’s - 40’s leather trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Antique fishing lures - Fishingin Fishing
1880’s Saratoga grade antique trunk  - Furniturein Furniture


  1. 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...
  2. An amazing trunk in every respect — such craftsmanship went into this. Love all the details and trim..
  3. Awesome find! Had not seen those corner latches before. These are so beautiful once restored. Kudos to the CW team helping each other out !
  4. Wow... incredible trunk and incredible restoration to match.. really awesome!
  5. Thanks myoldkyhome for the nice comment!
  6. Thanks so much Manikin !!
  7. Thanks for the kind words lptools..
  8. 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...
  9. Sooo got that right !!! Thanks for the encouragement :)
  10. lol... Yh BB2 enduring a long no decent trunks found drought ! Nice to hear from you :) !
  11. Fortapache... exactly, like finding money on the street! Thanks facstchr .... always nice to have a project lined up !
  12. 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 !!
  13. Wow... beautifully done.. kudos!!
  14. Great look Drill... love it!
  15. Love to see things on trunks I haven’t seen before.. those “rosettes” are fabulous!
  16. Thanks so much Trey !!
  17. Thanks for the info... much appreciated!
  18. Looks to be around from 1910 - 30’s. Standard storage trunk in its day. Thanks for the post!
  19. Wow! That’s an awesome restoration. That’s inspiring to see... what can be done when all looks lost!
  20. 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!
  21. Beautiful trunk... so hard to find this type/style. Lovely!!
  22. Nice trunk definitely worth the restoration!
  23. 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!
  24. 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...
  25. Oh my... how beautiful!! You’ve taken this lovely craftsmanship piece and elevated it to a work of art! Wonderful...
  26. Thanks that’s lovely!!! Just for your title it should be Martin Maier Trunk (not Secor). I’m sure one of our contributors can give a name to the tin pattern.So nice to see ... thanks for posting
  27. Awesome you have the same one... would love to see a pic... particularly of the interior tray. Wish I knew more about this one but other than what’s posted that’s about it. Hard to find much backgroun...
  28. Thanks so much eye!!
  29. Thanks so much for the encouraging comments!!
  30. Thanks all for your lovely comments ! facstchr - yes this was canvas covered. Took an exacto knife around the edges and lifted up a small corner - canvas usually just pulls off! The trick for the glue...
  31. Thanks Drill! Although the link didn’t quite work out..
  32. Good quality trunk from around 1890 - 1900’s. There were still at that time hundreds of makers assembling these types of trunks with parts sourced out... so unless there is a label hard to know a make...
  33. Thanks so much Js... happy with the results... it now adorns my office!
  34. Nicely done... yes interiors are a big challenge... I just leave my trunks closed.. lol...
  35. Oh please post a pic so we can all have a look!!
  36. Ps. Not technically a ‘steamer trunk’ as those type are half size and flattop..
  37. You have a nice trunk from the late 1890’s to early 1900’s. The locks were purchased separately so you will find eagle locks of various types on many trunks. Most trunk makers did not have labels so ...
  38. Thanks randallbarbera for the enthusiastic thumbs up! Considering your high quality work I am humbled..
  39. Really nice work on this... kudos.
  40. Nicely done!! Looks fabulous!
  41. Locks are so cool! Sorry I’m a bit late catching up on posts... so nice to see new features!
  42. Thanks myoldkyhome, willlovins, facstchr9455, and greendog for the great comments!
  43. The fold down front feature is unusual so that’s kinda cool.
  44. The lining looks original so highly doubtful there would be a label. Most trunks do not have labels. Greendog is right in urging caution with removing canvas from a trunk dated after early 1900’s as I...
  45. Nice find! Seems to be a standard flat top trunk from around early 1900’s. Without a label it’s hard to know what company made it as there were many. You can clean up the hardware and canvass and use ...
  46. Thanks so much greendog! I never noticed the feature of the slats right up against the ends on the top! Surveying my trunks and others I see this is an exception in design. Yh this one has a lot going...
  47. Thanks greendog... I’m with you on this. There is on this trunk a simplistic beauty that is highlighted by the high quality lock. Too bad the front panel brass buttons are missing... they would have a...
  48. Thanks facstrchr9455 for the lovely comment.
  49. Thanks Drill... I hadn’t come across this style of lock before... thanks for the comment.. finding something new is part of the fun!
  50. Thanks greendog... didn’t know there were model names for these.
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