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Ruggedly Handsome and Elegant! Refurbished Antique Trunk! Very Well Handcrafted Roll/Flat Top All Wood Antique Trunk For Sale Manufactured by "Crouch & Fitzgerald" of New York, Monogrammed Initials "C&F" and "C&F NY" in the Casted Iron. Est in 1839, Crouch & Fitzgerald were World Renown for Their Quality Leather Goods and Suitcases Until They Went out of Business last Year. The Attention to Detail and Pride of Craftsmanship Are All Found in the Features of This Antique Trunk And too Numerous to Mention!- #268
From the Wide and Extra-thick Upgraded Pine Wood Planks w/o Knots, Heavy Duty Hardware Throughout with Monogrammed Initials "C&F" and "C&F" NY" in the Casted Iron, Fine Leather Documentation Pouch in the Lid, Specially Designed Lid Stay to Provide Stability and Prevent Unintended Closure, Brass Coated Washers Adjoined to Large Load Bearing Steel/Iron Nails and Rivets, Extra Thick Oak Slats, Small Brass Patent Tag Affixed to Front Aug 1885. New Handcrafted Liftout Tray, New Heavy Duty Leather Handles.
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One of the most well built, heavy duty and sturdy antique trunks we have yet to restore and its heavy weight reflects this (almost 60lbs). Everything about this trunk has been upgraded by Crouch & Fitzgerald a premier New York manufacturer. The exterior of this trunk was originally covered in extra thick canvas with remnant strands still showing, and the interior with a thick paper covering, both of which were removed, scrubbed, and lightly sanded.
This not only revealed a beautiful patina and grain that only 100 years of seasoning can achieve but surely showed the detailed attention of high-end craftsmanship and construction. All of the nail heads were lightly sanded and polished to remove some of the black japanning and century of grit and grime so that they would have a silvery contrasting effect against the black metal they are securing giving the trunk depth and a liveliness.
PERFECT for the antique trunk collector or professional decorator, homeowner or family member looking to establish an heirloom which will last and can be passed down from generation to generation. Especially a couple whose initials are "C & F" from "NY"!!
This was a top-of-the-line trunk when it was originally made over 100 years ago, and still is today!
Here is a link which offered a professional appraisal of a similar "Crouch & Fitzgerald" trunk (unrestored) appraised between $1200-$1500. and that was two years ago before they finally went out of business after over 170 years! Click Here to Review the Write-up and Appraisal.
Note the large wide darker oak slats contrasting with the lighter more amber pine, and the contrasting darker lid guides, front latches and hardware with the polished brass lock and silvery nail heads providing for depth and character.
Note the very RARE, large thick red leather documentation and passport pouch where important travel documents were kept for easy access. The maker label is right underneath as well along with the large handcrafted liftout tray - perfect as a shadowbox!
Note the initials in the casted iron lid guides and side hardware: "C&F" and "C&F NY"
Note the initials in the casted iron handle end caps: "C&F" and "C&F NY"
Again note the contrasting hardware and nail heads along with the clearly visible and polished initials "C&F" and "C&F NY"
Maker Label Reads:
Crouch & Fitzgerald
161 BROADWAY, Between Cortlandt and Liberty Sts
688 BROADWAY, Between 4th and Great Jones Sts
701 SIXTH AVE, Between 40th and 41st Sts
Small Brass Tag Reads:
Corrugation, Pat'd Aug '85.
| Huge Flat Top Antique Trunk - #268
This Antique Trunk is One of the MOST Well Built Heavy-duty Yet Handsome Trunks We've Restored. The original trunk maker "Crouch & Fitzgerald" who had 4 locations in New York City took great pride in their trunks as seen in their craftsmanship, upgraded materials used, "C & F NY" maker marks on the casted iron hardware, and maker labels.
Originally covered in a thick canvas and high-end inside paper covering both of which were removed, wood scrubbed, lightly sanded, with a light honey stain applied to the pine body and darker stain on the oak straps. The Hardware was very lightly sanded where needed, black japanning carefully removed on the nail heads and the "C & F" and "NY" monograms for contrast highlighting, and then two coats of spar varnish were applied inside and out.
The male half of the lock was taken off years ago, but we were able to remove the grit and japanning which revealed the brass. We were also able to save the Original Leather Document Pouch and Maker Label on inside lid. Saved and reinstalled the Original "C & F NY" Monogrammed End Caps and with new thick leather handles. New, handcrafted large lift out tray was made.
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|| Large and Heavy Flat Top Antique Trunk: 29.5"L x 22"D x 21.5"H
An exceptionally well-made and heavy antique trunk yet not losing its elegance. Just too many high-end craftsmanship details to mention such as load bearing nails/rivets having brass-coated washers to significantly increase the sturdiness, upgraded extra thick pine planks without knots, specially made lid stay to ensure keeping the lid open, heavy duty cast iron "C & F" and "NY" monogrammed hardware throughout.
This trunk is VERY heavy for its size due to the upgraded and thicker than usual pine planking, casted iron and steel hardware used in the original manufacturing.
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| 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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