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Medium Size 100+ Year Old Wood and Filigree Tin Dome Top Antique Trunk! Exterior Covered in a Red/Burgundy and Dark Gold Tin Filigree Floral Design Strikingly Contrasted With the Dark Golden Slat Clamps, Black Hardware, and Oak Wood Slats. Original Lift Out Tray, Unique Front Clasps/Latches, and Beautifully Detailed Victorian Lithograph on Inside Lid!!
This Dome Top Antique Trunk has LOTs of Character and RICH Color and has been Handsomely Restored Reflecting in a Rich Natural Light Golden Patina to the Wooden Interior with Two Coats of Restorative Spar Varnish Applied Inside and Out. Leather Straps Were Left From a Long Ago Restoration, Working Lock but no Key. - #281

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Refurbished Antique Trunks #281

Refurbished Antique Trunk #281

Refurbished Antique Trunk #281

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The dark red floral design and deep golden tin exterior of this antique trunk as found is original coloring. The interior was covered in a thin newspaper-like paper with a design print which was carefully removed with a solution of bleach and water so as a disinfectant and to remove any remaining horse or fish glue which was used at the time to secure the covering. The Victorian Lithograph was painstakingly left in place and sealed. Once dried all wood surfaces were lightly hand sanded to bring out the character and patina of the 100+ year old wood! Once the interior paper covering was removed we found the number "12" hand penciled onto the bottom and onto the inside lid of the trunk by the original craftsman a century ago. We have no idea of the reason or significance of this number, possibly the 12th trunk he was working on?

Dome Top Antique Trunk - #281
100 Year Old All Wood and Tin Filigree Dometop Beautifully 100+ Year Fully Restored still showing the original floral design which has oxidized into a rich dark red and golden patina! Original lift out tray, lock but no key, Unique Front Latches, Fantastic Original Vicorian Lithograph of Young Girl!
Antique Trunk All Wood Dome Top #281
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Medium Size Top Antique Trunk: 26"L x 17"D x 21"H
This antique trunk would be perfect for an apartment, small office and be a great accent piece with the dark red and gold drawing attention. A stunning accent piece in a Victorian home.
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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 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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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.