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Hello Mr. Klein,

I found this foot locker at an estate sale this weekend, it has been gently cleaned and waxed. The dimensions are 33.25"L x 14.25"H x 15"W. When was it manufactured?
How would you set about replacing the missing barrel key?
Are these handles made of iron?
Has someone refinished it post-manufacture?

Thank you for your time,

I would like to refer you to another contributor on named Marvin Miller.  He is the absolute guy to go to about trunks.

Although there are several things I can tell you about your trunk, Mr. Miller is the guy!

Thank you.

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robert klein


Regarding American antique, vintage, and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing. Please read instructions for posting.


I have been in the antiques furniture and restoration business and in the sales of American antique furniture for 40+ years and have continued my education in the trade attending workshops and seminars through several organizations.

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