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A Very Large and Subtstantial All Wood Dome Top Antique Trunks in Exceptional Condition w/ Extra Thick Planks, Working Brass Lock (no key) w/ Patent Dates Sept 3 1867, March 16, 1869, August 12 1879. Over 500 Polished Nails and Hardware w/ Pat Date May 4, 1869. New Leather Front Hold Down Straps, New Leather Handles w/ Original Polished End Caps, Replacement Lid Lift. This Dome Top Antique Trunk is fit for Even the Most Discerning Antique Collector, 19th Century Room/Home Renovator, Executive or Naval Officer and Would Make the Beginning Base for a Fantastic Shadow Box! Trunk #324

All Hardware and over 500 nail heads were polished and then refreshed in a black japanning except for the working brass lock (but no key). The Two Exterior Front Leather Holdown Straps were Removed and Replaced. 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 Black Japanning Was Carefully Polished Off of Most of the Hardware which Revealed Patent Dates as well as the Beautiful Silvery Patina! 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, However there are still faint design impressions in the wood from the leather covering. The Interior of the Trunk was Completely Covered in a Thin Paper Which Also Needed to Be Removed (along with the glue) which Revealed some Large Circular Impressions left in the Wood from the Original Saw Cuts! After Scrubbing both the Interor and Exterior, Air Drying in the Sunlight, and a Light Sanding the Pine Wood Body and Oak Slats Revealed their Ruggedly Handsome Character and Wood Grain! Then 3 Coats of Protective Spar Varnish was applied so as to Preserve both Wood and Metal Hardware. This also Brought Out the Beauty and Richness of the Wood Grain that only 100+ Years Can Achieve! New Front Leather Holdown Straps and Leather Handles were Added but the Original Iron End Caps were Retained! dates on most all of the hardware 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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Very Large Dome Top Antique Trunk - #324
Another One-of-a-Kind Trunk Large Size Dome Top Trunk Perfect For a Military or Naval Shadowbox! This fantastic all wood 120-130 Year Old Antique Trunk was a high end constructed trunk which had an exterior of hand tooled leather (removed during restoration) and used the thickest of pine boards, oak wood slats, a brass working lock (no key) and heavy duty hardware both of which have stamped patent dates ranging from 1867 to 1879. The exterior leather and interior paper coverings were removed to reveal the beautiful 130+ year old cured pine and oak wood! The laqueur and black japanning was removed from the exterior oak wood slats, scrubbed and lightly sanded to reveal the beautiful grain. All the black japanning was carefully removed and hardware polished revealing the patent dates and leaving a beautiful though ruggedly handsome silvery finish. New front leather lid holdown Straps and leather handles were installed using the original end caps.
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Very Large Dome Top Antique Trunk
31"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. Original brass lock, original dated hardware, new leather hold downs, new leather handles, original end caps, extra thick well constructed trunk with a fantastic ruggedly handsome character and finish. 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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