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RARE - HUGE! Nice and Solid 130+ Year Old All Wood Dome Top Antique Trunk! Heavy Duty Nicely Contrasting Hardware Against the Natural Pine Wood Body and Oak Wood Straps. Plenty of Tension in the Front Two Latches Which Have Brass Contrasting Clip. This Dome Top Antique Trunk has LOTs of Character to both the Pine Body and Oak Straps and is Handsomely Restored in A Rich Natural Light Golden Brown Patina with Two Coats of Restorative Spar Varnish Applied Inside and Out.
Original end caps with new leather handles, secret hidden compartment in the Lid, beautifully detailed and original Victorian Lithgraphs of a young lady with a quizzical look/pose and another with a hunter putting a red flower in his lady's hair! The black japanning on the very tops of over 2,000 nail heads (hammered and curved by hand!) securing the hardware onto the wood body and straps was meticulously removed so as to contrast against the black of the hardware and accentuate the wonderful design which these nails have formed.
Of note is that some time in the distant past (poss ca 1900) the two original leather securing straps were replaced with two latches. We were able to determine this only after the leather covering was removed revealing the holes made from the nails used to secure the original leather straps. Very Kewl! The applied spar varnish helped to "pop" the design giving it depth. Finally a fantastic dated Brass Lock Patent March 24, 1868! Once cleaned and upon close inspection the polished finish and design on this brass lock gives it the look of a "hologram"! - Working Brass Lock and Key - #279
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| Dome Top Antique Trunk - #279
RARE - HUGE and Beautiful 130+ Year Old Antique Trunk with a unique all brass lock dated Patent Pending March 24 1868! It is very rare to find an all wood dome top trunk this size with such fantastic character. Original end caps with new leather handles. New handcrafted liftout tray.
All Brass Working Lock and Key!!!
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|| Dome Top Antique Trunk: 35"L x 22"D x 29"H
Stunning all wood dome top antique trunk with over 2,000 nail heads (hammered and curved by hand!) securing the hardware onto the wood body and straps was meticulously removed so as to contrast against the black of the hardware and accentuate the wonderful design which these nails have formed.
The beautiful patina and grain of this 130+ year old wood with original Victorian Lithographs - one of a hunter putting red flowers in his lady's hair and the other of a young lady giving a very quizzical look/pose make this a one-of-a-kind antique trunk which will be the focal point and conversation piece in any room.
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to our extensive availability of restored antique trunks, the manner and procedures in which we restore our trunks, and our high placement in the various search engines we receive over 10 calls per day and as many emails, every day, by well intentioned people asking us to provide opinions, comments, appraisals, and/or pricing on trunks which they own themselves. As you can imagine this can be overwhelming and take up quite a bit of our time as there is no "easy" answer, especially since all of these trunks are at best similar but not exact to each other.
So towards that end in trying to help without being overwhelmed while also being accurate, we can now offer written and verbal consultation, appraisal, and advice at $100. per trunk, non-refundable, paid in advance via Paypal. If this is something you would like to take advantage of first please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and in the Subject line put "Trunk Appraisal". Please include what you are requesting us to do and we will contact you at that time for next steps.
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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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Refurbished Antique Trunk for sale
Antique Trunks For Sale and Sea Antique Chest with a Shadow Box or a Shadowbox make the perfect naval retirement gift or navy or naval promotion gift for enlisted or officer.
Store your uniforms, flags, other naval militaria and mementos or used in a family heirloom treasures.
Beautiful Trunks for sale are of Nautical Dome Top or Humpback Antique Sea chest for a retirement ceremony or military promotion gift.
All antique trunks can be dome top or flat top and have been completely refurbished trunk or restored antique trunks for sale. Perfect use as a shadow box and uniform storage trunk, as a military retirement gift or as a US Navy retirement gift.