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RAREST of the RARE! A Sought After and Very Well Built Excelsior Trunk with Manufacturers Imprinted Stamp and Date (Jan 7 1868) on Two Oak Slats!!! This is a 120 to 140 Year Old Fully Restored HUGE Size 19th Century Oak Slat Roll Top Antique Trunk Manufactured by the Excelsior Company! We've Only Had 3 of This Extraordinary Type Model Trunk in Over 8 Years and now we have 2 listed! It is in Fantastic Condition Without a Single Broken or Cracked Oak Slat! Those of You Who Know Antique Trunks and Have Been Searching For that "Special One", This Excelsior Could Be It! The Rich Dark Finish with Many and Various Shades of Brown, Black and Red is all Original along with over 120 Years of Curing and Ageing! Has the Original Liftout Tray, Original Leather Handles, and Working Brass Lock but No Key. - Trunk #327

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Antique Trunk #327 Folks, this is it! The trunk you have been waiting for.

This fully functional, solid and substantial antique trunk has the rare combination of both rarity and rugged beauty with plenty of character in its 130 to 140 year history!.

A high end trunk in its day, it was originally constructed of extra thick planked pine wood for the body over which was individually placed hand crafted thin wooden oak slats over the entire trunk and then secured with heavy duty square nails, hardware and wide thick oak slats.

The hardware was carefully polished taking off years of oxidation and then lightly refreshed with a coat of black japanning as originally constructed. Of special note is the exclusive hand stamped and imprinted onto two oak slats "Patented Excelsior Jan 7 1868"

The interior and original lift out tray was covered in a heavy fabric which was removed during restoration, inside scrubbed with a cleaning solution, dried and then gently hand sanded to reveal the fantastic pine wood grain that only 100+ years of curing can achieve. Remnants of the original Victorian Lithograph design were sealed and can be seen on the inside lid!

Three coats of protective spar varnish were then applied inside and out to enhance and bring forth all of the character of both pine and oak woods, and allow for another 130 to 140 years of service!

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Large Oak Slat Roll Top Antique Trunk - #327
RAREST of the RARE - An EXCELSIOR all Oak Slat and Stave Antique Roll Top Trunk Fully Restored in its Rich Original Dark Brown Finish with an added patina that only 130-140 year old oak can achieve! Those of you who are familiar with antique trunks know just how rare this beauty is and without a single oak slat missing or broken. This trunk will be a show stopper and focal point in any room or decor it is put in. Manufacturer Patent Date Stamped: Jan 7, 1868. Original lift out tray, original leather handles, original Victorian Lithograph border design was saved. Working Lock but No Key
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35"L x 21"D x 29"H

The Excelsior! Dated Jan 7 1868. Each and every oak slat was individually custom handcrafted and secured onto the pine wood body. Perfect for that 19th Century Home or Room Restoration! Looking for that one-of-a-kind exceptional trunk for your military or naval retirement as a shadowbox? Well this was could be it!
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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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