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Desktop Size Antique Trunk Another VERY RARE "Salesmans Sampler" All Wood 19th Century Dome Top Antique Trunk! A "Salesmans Sampler" was Made Originally as a Marketing and Sales Tool to Show as an Example to Show Potential Customers the Type of Large Size Trunks the Company Made. Not Many of These Small Desktop Size Antique Trunks Survived Over the Years, and Rarer Still to Find a Dome Top! Working Lock AND Key! Trunk #328

During the restoration we were able to save the thin paper covering inside the lid along with the Victorial Lithograph of a young girl. Additionally we were able to save the paper covering and lithograph designs on the original liftout tray as well. We removed and then remounted the original tin end caps. The Exterior was originally covered in thin paper in a design representing a trunk. Once the paper covering was carefully removed the trunk was scrubbed with a cleaning solution, dried, and sanded revealing the beautifully grained pine wood body and oak wood slats that only 100+ years of seasoning can achieve. The hardware was carefully polished to remove both grit and oxidation! The trunk was then hand stained with red mahogany and then 2 coats of protective spar varnish was applied.

This small trunk would make for a perfect antique jewelry or document box, and able to easily sit on a shelf, small table, desk or dresser.
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Antique Steamer Trunk #328 Antique Trunk #328

Antique Steamer Trunk #328 Antique Steamer Trunk #328

Antique Steamer Trunk #328 Antique Steamer Trunk #328

Antique Steamer Trunk #328 Antique Steamer Trunk #328

Antique Steamer Trunk #328 Antique Steamer Trunk #328

Desktop Size Dome Top Antique Trunk - #328
Another rare and fantastic All Wood Small Desktop Size Antique Dome Top Trunk! Also known as a "Salesman Sampler" this antique trunk would fit perfectly on a Desk, Table, Shelf or Dresser as a Jewelry or Document Box. Both the exterior and the interior were covered with a thin paper which when removed revealed the beautiful 100+ year old cured pine wood. Fortunately the thin paper covering and lithographs were able to be saved in the lid and on the original liftout tray. The entire trunk was scubbed, dried and lightly sanded with a coat of spar varnish applied. Has the original end caps, remnants of the interior paper found on the inside lid remain along with the fantastic Victorian Lithograph of a young girl. Finished off in a red mahogany revealing all of the unique character of the pine and oak woods.

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Small Desktop Size Dome Top Antique Trunk
18"L x 11"D x 11"H

These small "salesman samplers" are VERY rare as only a few were actually made which were typically given away when they were no longer needed as displays. Rarer still were trunks of this size made all of wood in the dome top style. We only get a few of these small desktop size antique dometops a year!!
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Customer Photographic Examples of our Antique Trunks Being used as a Military or Naval Retirement Shadow Box and Storage Chest!!
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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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