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Large Size All Wood Dome Top Antique Trunk - Beautifully Restored Inside and Out in a Rich Cherry Stain with Contrasting Polished Hardware Finish. Exterior was Originally Covered in Hand Tooled Leather which was Removed Sometime in the Distant Past and then Painted a Navy Gray Which is how we Found It. The Interior was Covered in Paper as was Custom. Both Gray Paint and Paper Were Removed, Wood Scrubbed with a Solution of Bleach and Water, Then Sanded, Stained and Two Coats of Satin Spar Varnish Applied. All Hardware Slat Clamps and Protective Pieces, Front Latches and Lock had the Black Japaning Removed and Metal Polished, then Hand Rub Applied with a Dark Black Oak Translucent Stain. It was during this Process of Hardware Restoration When the Patent Dates Were Revealed, March 16 1880.

Original Victorian Lithograph in a Montage of Birds, Flourishes, a Beautiful Woman in Period Dress, and a Beautifully Detailed Beached Fishing Boat and Remnants of the Original Interior Paper Covering are a Highlight of this Antique Trunk Which Were Meticulously Saved and Preserved with a Sealer During the Restoration.

Original Metal Lid Lift, Handcrafted Lift Out Tray, New Leather Handles and Dark Brass Caps, Dated Hardware March 16 1880, Working Lock AND Key make this a Fantastic Antique Trunk, The Centerpiece in any Room. - #229

Additional Features: The trunk lid also illustrates the very first use of what we today call plywood! Two or Three large sheets of wood were cut extremely thin, about 1/16th of an inch thick, were then placed in a solution of water (sometimes mixed with salt) which made the planks pliable and bendable so as to achieve the rounded dome top or barrel top feature. Additionally you will find large "swirl impressions" in some of the planks on this trunk. These large swirl impressions which were made by the huge blade used in the saw mill when first cutting these planks just give an idea of how large of a saw was used! Remnants of the Navy Gray paint were left as they provided character to this trunk but also but also preserved some of its' history. This trunk was originally purchased by The Pirate's Lair in Pennsylvania and inside were found some pages of a newspaper dated 1962 which we are also including. Finally, we saved parts of the original leather handles and metal end caps which were on the trunk but could not be used, but we are including them with the purchase.

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Large Size Dome Top Antique Steamer Trunk - #229
All Wood Dome Top Antique Trunk restored in a Rich Cherry Finish, Translucent Blackened Sheet Metal and Contrasting Sanded and Polished Hardware! The Exterior was Originally Covered in Leather which some time in the past was removed and painted a navy gray. Most of the navy gray paint was removed to reveal the preserved pine beneath. The interior was covered in paper which was also carefully removed but left intact the original Victorian Lithograph located in the lid consisting of a montage of birds, a woman in period dress and a beached fishing sail boat.
Once the navy gray paint, black japaning and interior paper were removed all of the 100+ year old wood was scrubbed, sanded, and stained with two coats of satin spar varnish being applied to protect the wood and metal surfaces. New leather handles and dark brass end caps, new handcrafted lift out tray, stamped and dated hardware of March 16 1880, working lock AND key!
Antique Dome Top #229 Click Photo!
Large Size Dome Top Antique Steamer Trunk: 31"L x 19"D x 25"H
A nice solid trunk beautifully restored in a cherry wood finish with polished contrasting hardware. Beautiful and HUGE swirl impressions are left in the wood from the original cutting at the pre-electricity saw mill which give an indication of just how huge these blades and saws were! The Victorian Lithograph is very detailed and a highlight of the trunk. This will be a centerpiece in any room placed!
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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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