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Circa 1870s-1890s. VERY RARE and Huge Theatrical Trunk Fully Restored All Wood 19th Century Antique Theatrical Trunk used by Travelling Circus and Theater Groups! Also a Mainstay for the Midwest Settler or Pioneer and Found in Covered Wagons, the Conestoga Wagons and Prairie Schooner! Trunk #320

Antique Steamer Trunk #320 The exterior was originally covered entirely of painted green canvas to make it waterproof. The interior and pull drawers were covered in a thin cloth textile. Both exterior and interior coverings were carefully removed, all wood surfaces scrubbed with a non-toxic cleaning solution, let to dry, and then very lightly sanded revealing the beautifully grained and seasoned pine wood body and oak wood slats that only 100+ year old wood can achieve.

The sheet metal was polished and then refreshed in a Black Japanning of Black Oak. The hardware latches and lock was polished revealing the now oxidized but original brass gilting. Afterwards the entire trunk was covered in two applications of spar varnish to preserve and bring out the highlights of the grain and character of the wood and all hardware. New leather handles and end caps replaced the older worn out leather. This trunk features 4 heavy duty front and side latches, extraordinally thick pine wood construction, could be placed right up against a wall via its "space saving" feature when opening it up. Each drawer has its original brass pulls. Working lock but no key.

These model trunks were not your typical travelling trunk as they were way heavy and cumbersome for relatively easy transport and confined use aboard ships, trains, or stage coach. As mentioned above, these antique trunks were typically used by travelling theater and circus groups which went from town to town performing their arts. They needed to have large trunks with easy access from which to put their costumes, mirrors, and makeup. These type of trunks were also a mainstay for the pioneer families settling the west in that they would easily fit into and be used on a daily basis inside a prairie schooner, covered wagon, or Conestoga. And when they reached their homestead destination the trunk was then able to be used as a "space saving" dresser in their new log home when living in the prairie wagon was no longer necessary!

This theatrical trunk or spacesaver trunk would make for a perfect dresser in a 19th century room or house replica, or antique display/storage trunk, or a replica of the pioneer and settler wagon or log cabin!
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Antique Steamer Trunk #320 Antique Trunk #320

Antique Steamer Trunk #320 Antique Steamer Trunk #320

Antique Steamer Trunk #320 Antique Steamer Trunk #320

Antique Steamer Trunk #320 Antique Steamer Trunk #320

Antique Steamer Trunk #320 Antique Steamer Trunk #320

Theatrical Antique Trunk - #320
Fantastic All Wood Flat Top "Theatrical" Trunk with wall spacesaver features! These model trunks were typically used by travelling theater groups and circus, and pioneer families settling the west in their prairie schooners, covered wagons or Conestogas! The exterior was originally covered in painted green canvas and the interior with a fabric which were both removed to reveal the beautiful 100+ year old cured pine wood. The entire trunk was then scubbed, dried, and lightly sanded with two coats of spar varnish applied. New leather handles and end caps replaced the older worn out ones. This trunk has the original 3 pull out drawers, 4 heavy duty side and front latches, wall spacesaver feature, working lock but no key.
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Theatrical Antique Trunk
39"L x 22"D x 28"H closed and 49H open:

These theatrical trunks are relatively rare as only a few were actually made for a small group of users: travelling theater or circus groups, and settlers. We only get perhaps one of these theatrical trunks a year! This trunk is very heavy so shipping will be at least $150. east of the Mississippi and $200. west of the Mississppi - Pickup is also available by appointment! Perfect gift for an actor or actress, someone in the performing arts, or someone interested in the pioneer and settling of our nation!
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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 Theatrical Trunks with Spacesaver Features were used by traveling theater and circus groups as well as the pioneer and settler crossing the western plains in their covered wagons and conestoga wagons.

This theatrical trunk is a perfect gift for an actor or actress, someon in the performing arts or circus performer. Or perhaps someone interested in the pioneer or settler of the west.
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