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A Substantial, Rugged, and Handsome Very Large Size 1870s-1880s All Wood Dome Top Antique Steamer Trunk in Exceptional Condition for the Most Discerning Antique Collector, 19th Century Room/Home Renovator, Executive or Naval Officer! Original Liftout Tray w/ Liftup Stay Feature, Dated 1873 Hardware, Unique Front Clasps, New Leather Handles. Trunk #317
All Hardware was Polished and then Refreshed in a Black Japanning except for the Working Brass Lock (but no key). The Two Exterior Latches are Very Unique and Patent Dated July 1st, 1873 (140 Years Ago!!). The Exterior Oak Wood Slats were Lightly Sanded to Remove 120 Years of Grime and the Old Layers of Protective Laqueur Coating to Reveal a Beautiful Grain only Seen on 100+ Year Old Wood.
The Entire Exterior was Covered in Hand Tooled Leather Indicating that this was a "High End" Trunk, but due to the Age it Could Not Be Saved and Needed to be Removed. The Interior of the Trunk and Original Liftout Tray were Completely Covered in a Thin Paper Which Also Needed to Be Removed which Revealed some Handwritten Numbers "22" and Large Circular Impressions left in the Wood from the Original Saw Cuts!
After the Drying and Light Sanding the Pine Wood Body was Stained in a Rich Cherry with the Oak Slats Stained in a Red Oak Finish. After Staining the Entire Trunk was then Given 3 Coats of Protective Spar Varnish so as to Preserve both Wood and Hardware and While Also Bringing Out the Beauty and Richness of the Wood Grain that only 100+ Years Can Achieve!
Both the Exterior and Interior Pine Wood Body was then Scrubbed with a Cleaning Solution, Dried and then Very Lightly Sanded to Bring Out the Grain and Character of the Wood. The Matching Original Victorian Lithographs on both the Inside Lid as well as on the Door Covers of the Liftout Tray were Retained and Saved! They are Fantastic and Beautiful in Detail! The Original Liftout Tray has the Patented Feature Providing it the Ability to be Lifted Up and Held In Place Inside of the Lid so as to Easily Retrieve Items Stored Beneath it!
New Leather Handles were Added but the Original Iron End Caps were Retained! Original Owners Name was Stenciled Onto One Side "Sarah Glick, Erie, PA". All in all this 130-140 Year Old Trunk is in Outstanding Condition and will be a Focal Point in any Room it is in!
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"Before Photos". Note that the Original Owners Name, City and State were Stenciled Onto the Leather on Side of the Trunk, "Sarah Glick, Erie, PA".
In these "Before" photos the hand tooled leather has been removed but before the trunk was scrubbed, dried, and lightly sanded. Note in the photo to the right that the original leather is partially intact.
| Very Large Dome Top Antique Trunk - #317
Another One-of-a-Kind Trunk for even the MOST Discerning Collector, Executive, or Naval Officer! Fantastic All Wood 130-140 Year Old Antique Dome Top Trunk! This well-built and sturdy trunk was a high end model when originally built as the materials were of better quality than your typical trunk and the exterior was covered in hand tooled leather (which needed to be removed during restoration).
Original Owners Name was Stenciled Onto One Side "Sarah Glick, Erie, PA".
The exterior and interior coverings were removed to reveal the beautiful 130+ year old cured pine wood! The laqueur and black japanning was removed from the exterior oak wood slats, scrubbed and lightly sanded to reveal the beautiful grain. Working brass lock but no key. Original liftout tray w/ working lids and beautiful Victorian Lithographs. Unique liftout tray stay feature. New leather handles and original end caps. Dated Hardware: July 1 1873
| Very Large Dome Top Antique Trunk
32"L x 21"D x 27"H
Another fantastic trunk perfect for the nautical home office, re-used as a Navy or Military Shadowbox and storage chest, 19th century room decor. Dated Hardware July 1 1873. Don't let this one get away!
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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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