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HUGE and RARE! All Wood Antique Dome Top Trunk with Lots of Polished Hardware with the Initial "S" and date of Oct 23, 1877 clearly displayed!! A Focal Point and Centerpiece in Any Room! Fantastic Antique Trunk for Even the Most Discerning Executive or Collector. Originally Covered in Leather and Paper Which When Removed Revealed a Beautiful Pine and Oak Wood Grain That Only 130+ Year Old Wood Can Achieve. Handcrafted Liftout Tray, New Leather Handles. #256

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Note: For those of you who are kind enough in following our collection of restored trunks we want to add that this particular trunk #256 is almost exactly like our previously restored Trunk #167 which some of you have expressed an interest in. The link to Trunk #167 can be found by Clicking Here

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HUGE Dome Top Antique Trunk - #256
RARE! STUNNING! We only get one or two of these HUGE high-end Dome Tops every few years! Exterior was originally covered in leather with LOTs of great dated hardware both of which makes this a high-end trunk back in the day it was manufactured. The interior was originally covered in paper. Both were removed which revealed a fantastic grain of the pine wood body and oak wood slats.

All of the outside hardware was meticulously sanded of the black japanning which covered it, and then polished resulting in a beautiful gun metal gray revealing all of the intricacies and detail -including the patent date of Oct 23, 1877!! The wood was then stained a Red Oak using Miniwax so as to bring out and contrast with the fantastic hardware. A black oak stain was applied to the sheet metal to again contrast with the hardware and wood, but also provide a translucence.

The interior and exterior was then applied with two coats of protective Spar Varnish for UV protection, wood preservation and hard surface sealer. The original heavy duty metal end caps were left and refitted with new leather handles. A handcrafted liftout tray was made. There are one or two pieces of hardware missing and repairs made over the years this trunk saw service. A period male half of the lock was installed as the original was missing.

This trunk is not an "every day user" but an excellent accent piece and a show stopper centerpiece for any room and has huge storage capacity.
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HUGE Size Dome Top Antique Trunk: 37L x 23D x 33H
Beautifully restored in an overall dark Red Oak finish, polished hardware, with two coats of Spar Varnish. The initial "S" clearly stamped onto top hardware clamps, perfect personalization for first or last name, or even company name!
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Customer Photographic Examples of our Antique Trunks Being used as a Military or Naval Retirement Shadow Box and Storage Chest!!
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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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