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Another One-of-a-Kind Rare and Beautiful Large Size 1880s-1890s All Metal with Pressed Tin Filigree Design and Wood Dome Top Antique Steamer Trunk in Exceptional Original Condition for Evn the Most Discerning Antique Collector or Investor, 19th Century Room/Home Renovator or Decorator, Executive or Naval Officer! Trunk #318

Antique Steamer Trunk #318 Almost Too Many Features to List! The original exterior pressed tin filigree design (of plants, flowers and butterfilies), though oxidized was in excellent condition and the detail was brought to life by applying a rich purple acrylic as the base with silver highlighting. Remants of the original gold lacquer were left untouched just on the inside of the trunk for provenance and historical purposes. All other external hardware was polished and then refreshed in a Black Japanning with the metal clamps being patent date stamped March, 1880! Unfortunately the lock is nonworking. The exterior Oak Wood Slats were lightly sanded to remove 120 Years of grime, japanning, and the old yellowed layers of protective laqueur coating which revealed a beautiful grain only seen on aged 100+ year old wood. These oak slats were then lightly refreshed in a red oak stain. New metal end caps and leather handles were installed.

The Original Victorian Lithogaphs and Paper found on the interior lid of the trunk and fully functional original liftout tray were able to be saved and both treated with two coats of a special professional sealer. There is a fully functional hidden compartment on the inside of the lid!! The Victorian Lithographs of young ladies and unique designs are incredibly detailed and bright never having faded or mildewed as many are! The interior inside of the trunk also had a paper covering which needed to be removed, wood scrubbed, dried and sanded to show the beauty of this aged 100 year old pine!

The entire trunk was properly scrubbed inside and out with a special cleaning solution, allowed to dry, and then two coats of spar varnish was applied as a wood preservative also offering UV protection and a hard coatin which also brings out the beauty and richness of the entire trunk. Folks, this is another one-of-a-kind antique trunk restored to the point of being able to last another 120 years!

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Above photos show remnant strips of the original translucent gold laqueur finish on the pressed tin filigree. All/most of this gold laqueur was oxidized away over the 120 years which required a more non-transparent finish. We chose the metallic purple with silver highlighting of the design with the hopes we could achieve in spirit if not in actuality the beauty of this trunk when it was first constructed back in the 1880s-1890s.



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Large Dome Top Antique Trunk - #318
Another One-of-a-Kind Trunk for even the MOST Discerning Antique Collector/Investor, Executive, or Naval Officer! Fantastic All Metal and Wood 120-130 Year Old Antique Dome Top Trunk! Most notable and unique was that the exterior pressed tin filigree of flowers and butterflies was in perfect (though oxidized) condition along with the original Victorian Lithographs and paper covering found on the inside lid, the hidden lid compartment, and the original lift out tray. These Victorian Lithographs are absolutely stunning in their detail with zero loss of color due to fading or damage. The interior paper covering below the liftout trays was removed to reveal the beautiful 120+ year old cured pine wood! The grit, laqueur and black japanning was carefully removed from the exterior oak wood slats, then scrubbed, and lightly sanded to reveal the beautiful oak wood grain. Unfortunately the lock was broken in the distant past, most likely because the key was lost. New leather handles and new end caps were installed. Dated Hardware: March 1880.
 
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Large Dome Top Antique Trunk
30"L x 17"D x 23"H

Another fantastic almost all original trunk perfect for that nautical home office and 19th century room decor. This is a rare and historically significant trunk due to 95% of it being all original from the date of construction. 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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