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Late 19th Century (Possibly Martin Maier) All Wood Dome Top Restored Antique Trunk with Fantastic Patent Dated Polished Lock and Hardware (Oct 23 1877) and ALL ORIGINAL EVERYTHING! A Much Sought After and Rare Dome Top Antique Trunk with Heavy Duty Cast Iron Polished Hardware and Hinges, Unique Heavy Duty Lock. Original Professionally Sealed Victorian Lithographs with Hidden Lid Compartment, Original Cast Iron End Caps w/ New Leather Handles. Three Coats of Protective Spar Varnish Applied to All Exterior Surfaces. Unique Working Lock AND Key! - Trunk #385

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Martin Maier Dome Top Antique Trunk #385

Folks, another one-of-a-kind! The restored antique trunk you have been waiting for.

The 120-130+ year old seasoned and cured pine planks and oak wood slats are stunning with a fantastic patina and character that only well seasoned antique wood can achieve! With Lots of Great Hardware Cleaned and Polished.

Original Victorian Lithographs are found on the underside of the dome top lid along with a hidden compartment! All lithographs have been professionally sealed to prevent deterioration and loss of color.

The exterior of this antique trunk was originally covered in hand tooled leather which in and of itself indicated that this was a high-end trunk in its day. The leather needed to be removed during the restoration during which the beautiful pine wood was revealed which the leather was protecting. The oak slats as well as all of the hardware had layers and years of grit, grime, original black japanning, and oxidation all of which were removed, surfaces sanded and hardware polished revealing the beautiful designs found in the cast iron hardware and grain on the wide oak wood slats.

The interior of the trunk was covered in a thin plain paper some of which can still be found inside the litfout tray and under the dometop lid. This covering was carefully removed to reveal the beautiful 100+ year old cured and seasoned pine wood. The pine wood was then scrubbed with a "green" cleaning solution removing the old glue and century old grit, let dried, and then gently sanded to further reveal grain and character of the seasoned pine wood.

All of the original heavy-duty cast iron patent dated hardware (October 23, 1877) was carefully cleaned of the grit, oxidation and black japanning, then sanded and polished revealing the detailed designs and patent dates. This hardware contrasted against the blackened sheet metal and mahagony finish of the wood looks fantastic!!

This fully functional, solidly constructed, and substantial antique trunk for sale has the rare combination of both rarity and rugged beauty with plenty of character in its 120 to 130 year history!.

A high end trunk in its day, it was originally constructed using extra thick planked pine wood for the body, heavy duty cast iron clamps and hinges, secured using extra heavy duty capped square nails with caps, and a VERY unique working lock AND key!

Finally, three coats of protective spar varnish was then applied to the exterior surfaces to enhance and bring forth all of the character of both pine and oak woods and the polished hardware so as to allow for another 120+ years of service! Spar varnish has UV ray protection from the sun in the event the trunk is put into a well lit room. Also has well known penetrating wood treatment properties and is actually still used to protect wood and brightwork from salt and water exposure on ships and boats at sea. When dried it leaves an an extremely hard resistive and waterproof surface while also offering great depth and dimension to the underlying surface.

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Huge Dome Top Antique Trunk - #385
Another One-of-a-Kind! MUSEUM QUALITY, INVESTMENT GRADE - Possibly a "Martin Maier" all Pine Body and Oak Woods Slats w/ all Original Features: All Original Victorian Lithographs, Working Hidden Compartments in Lid, Heavy Duty Cast Iron Hardware and Hinges. All square nail heads were cleaned and polished. Unique Working Lock and Manufacturer Hardware Patent Date Stamped: October 23, 1877. Exterior originally covered in hand tooled leather indicating this was a high-end trunk when first constructed. This leather covering was removed during restoration the revealing the fantastic 120+ year old seasoned pine wood! All cast iron hardware surfaces were cleaned of all black japanning and oxidation, lightly sanded, and polished providing a beatuiful and handsome contrast with the wood and blackened tin body. Original Victorian Lithographs were professionally sealed. Original end caps with new leather handles.

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35"L x 22"D x 29"H

A most fantastic fully restored high-end antique trunk given the greatest detailing! This trunk is heavy and constructed of extra thick pine boards, extra wide oak slats, and all heavy duty cast iron hardware, and four wheels for easy moving. Stained a rich mahogany and then three coats of protective spar varnish was applied to all surfaces.

This trunk will be a focal point and conversation piece in any room it is placed. Perfect for that 19th Century Home or Room Restoration! If you are looking for that one-of-a-kind exceptionally rare and handsomely beautiful antique trunk with a pirate chest or treasure chest look for your nautical decor or waterfront home then this is it! This would be an exceptional gift for even the most discerning executive, antique collector, or home decorator. A perfect re-purpose as a military or naval retirement gift!
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Why just get a shadow box or a newly made trunk with no history! One of our 100+ Year Old Nautical Antique Trunks can be used for both a Shadow Box and Storage Chest for your Uniforms, Photograph Albums, and Memorabilia!

Rare 1880 to Early 1890's Photograph of Antique Trunk Factory and Workers Using Albumen Silver Print Method, Mounted to a Period Board Which Dates The Photo
Note the Flatop and Two Monitor or Waterfall Trunks, Each Being Individually Unique at the Very Time of Production.
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We all romanticize about the mystique of these antique trunks. The possible owners and travels that each steamer trunk has taken, along with the high level of detailed craftsmanship in the original production of each and every steamer trunk with that individualized character giving both intrinsic and non-intrinsic value.
However the truth of the matter is that the majority of these trunks were made towards the middle to end of the 19th century just at the dawning of the industrial revolution here in America when there were no child labor laws or protections. This rare photo clearly illustrates at least 3 generations of owners and workers, ages appearing to range from pre-teen/adolescent, teens/early adult, through middle to old age!
It was a common practice that loyal and productive craftsmen would be allowed to bring their children to work with them to learn a craft, so many of the children in this photograph were more than likely sons of the men shown.
Note the adolescent factory workers on top row! Note that there are no women in the photo! This is due to the fact that at that time "proper" women did not work outside of the home, certainly not in a factory. Everybody appears to look pretty stern, having on their arms crossed and "work" faces put on.
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