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Civil War Era Early 1800s-1860s Restored Antique Trunks For Sale, Manufacturer Label Intact, Identified and Dates Confirmed by Google Books: John Wheelock, 245 Main Street, Worcester MA. Mid Size Jenny Lind-like Antique Steamer Trunk with the Exterior Originally Covered in Leather when Removed Revealed the Beautiful and Rich Honey-Brown-Red Patina and Character that only 150 Year old Seasoned Pine Wood Can Achieve. Trunk #337

Once both the exterior leather covering and interior paper lining were removed the trunk was then scrubbed thoroughly and lightly sanded to further reveal the fantastic grain of the wood inside and out. We also found that the hand crafted construction of this antique trunk used the "tongue and groove" method of firmly securing top, bottom and side pine planks together (see photograph below). This method of wood construction makes a very strong bond and aesthetically pleasing look back in the day.

Additionally, the Original Brass Securing Caps were carefully polish to reveal their beautiful patina as contrasted against the black iron bands but also complimenting the rich golden patina of the pine wood. The tongue-and-groove of the pine planks, brass caps, and iron banding are definitely 1840s to early/mid 1860s construction methods and techniques.

New leather handles, end caps, rear hinges, and lid stay were installed with two coats of spar varnish applied to both interior and exterior surfaces. This antique trunk comes without a working lock or liftout tray.

Of important note is that during restoration the original manufacturers label was able to be saved and professionally sealed! The manufacturer was "John Wheelock, 245 Main Stree, Worcester MA" and he owned his trunk making shop from the early 1800s to the early-mid 1860s before either his brother or son, H.M. Wheelock took over the shop under a different label. So the evidence of the type of construction employed and the original maufacturers label makes it conclusive that this antique trunk is of Civil War vintage, and most likely pre-Civil War.

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Restored Antique Steamer Trunk - #337
An Early to mid 19th Century Fully Restored Antique Trunk For Sale w/ Identified Civil War vintage! Exterior originally covered in leather with interior covered in a thin paper this trunk maker used "tongue-and-groove" method of construction along with brass caps to secure the black iron bands holding the trunk together which is very reminiscent of the Jenny Lind trunks produced during this pre-Civil War and Civil War of time. New leather handles and brass end caps, and lid stay were installed. No liftout tray or lock. Fortunately the original manufacturers label was found, professionally sealed, and saved during restoration process: "John Wheelock, 245 Main Street, Worcester MA" which is documented and confirmed by Google Books using the Worcester Directories of the time to have owned this trunk from the early 1800s up until the mid 1860s before either his son or brother took over operation and changed the label.
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Mid Size Antique Trunk
28"L x 15"D x 14"H

A solid antique trunk with lots of character to both the polished brass securing caps contrasted against the black iron hardware bands, yet complimenting the rich honey-brown-reddish patina of the 150 year old aged and seasoned pine wood body. Both construction methods used and the trunk maker identified using Google Books and the Worcester Directory of the time period make this a 100% verified Civil War era trunk and most likely of pre-Civil War vintage.
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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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