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Most complete small antique trunk (12L x 7.5W x 9H) we've ever gotten - Perfect to sit on a dresser, small table, or desk top! Interior was applied with a professional sealer to prevent paper and lithograph deterioration. Everything works, everything is original, original lift out tray, dated 1869 hardware, Victorian lithographs throughout, including original Working Lock and Key! - Trunk #292

The tin exterior was originally covered in a gold metallic finish common at the time but most of it has oxidized over the years, yet there are still remnants as can be seen in some of the photos.

While the leather handle end caps with the Federal Banner design are intact and secure the small leather handles have been long deteriorated. The bottom of the lift out tray was only that thin paper covering the interior of the trunk and it has amazingly survived except for a small rip where tape has been placed over to stabilize the paper from further deterioration.

The lithographs and leather tabs are remarkable and completely intact - as rare as can be - as well as the original working lock and key with a date! Pat Mar 8 Sep 1869!

Again, the only restoration work done so far has been to seal the interior with a professional sealer so as to harden and stabilize the paper and lithographs, no other work has been performed as many collectors would very much like to keep the originality and authenticity of this rare antique small trunk as exact as possible. If desired, a coat of spar varnish could be applied to the exterior to give it some "pop".

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Small Desktop Dome Top Antique Trunk - #292
Extremely RARE Complete Antique Dome Top small enough to fit on a dresser or small table as a "strong box" to hold jewelry, documents and papers, or other important objects. This is the MOST complete small trunk we have ever gotten. Inside has been professionally sealed to prevent any deterioration of the original paper and lithographs. All lids and compartments fully functional, and dated hardware!

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Small Size Dome Top Antique Trunk: 12"L x 7,5"D x 9"H
Dated hardware, 1869. Everything is original, everything works including the lock and key! Tin exterior is original and as found with remnants of the varying shades of gold crystalline finish, original shellac covering the oak straps, and original leather end caps with Federal Banner motif. We could apply a coat of spar varnish to the exterior to give it some "pop" if the new owner desires.
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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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