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Large Size 100+ Year Old All Wood Flat Top Antique Trunk! Exterior Pine Body and Oak Straps Have a Fantastic Golden Brown Natural Patina with Lots of Character in the Wood Grain and Strikingly Contrasted With the Black and Oxidized Dark Golden Lock and Hardware. Front Clasps/Latches have Built-In Lid Lifts, working lock but no key. MOST RARE is that the original interior paper lining with a unique almost 3-dimensional cross hatch design was able to be saved, sealed and spar varnished!! - #283

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The exterior was covered in a dark brown waterproofed canvas and the interior was lined and covered in a thin newspaper-like paper with a "cross hatch" design print which was in fantastic and rare condition and was able to be saved! The exterior canvas 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 interior paper was restored and sealed with a professional paper sealer. The original leather handles and end caps were in poor condition which were replaced. The original lift out tray with matching paper design like the interior was sealed adding to both character and authenticity. Once dried all wood and metal surfaces were lightly hand sanded to bring out the character and patina of the 100+ year old wood and two coats of spar varnish were applied for UV protection, wood preservation, and elegance!

Flat Top Antique Trunk - #283
Large 100 Year Old All Wood Flat top Beautifully Fully Restored with lots of great original hardware touched up in black contrasting with other original brass finished front lock and latches with built-in lid lifts oxidized into a rich dark brown golden patina! MOST rare is that the interior paper lining in a very unique cross-hatch design was able to be completely saved and sealed for additional period authenticity. Working lock but no key, new leather handles and end caps were installed.
Antique Trunk All Wood Dome Top #283
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Large Flat Top Antique Trunk: 33"L x 20"D x 22"H
This antique flat top trunk would be perfect for in a large room as a great accent or showpiece! LOTs of storage with this one, and an absolutely beautiful patina to the 100 year old pine body and oak straps, contrasting wonderfully with the heavy duty hardware with the original interior paper design is done in a unique 3-dimensional cross-hatch.
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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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Antique Trunks as a Shadow Box and Storage Chest!
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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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.