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michelle wrote at 2012-10-18 23:04:34
My name is Michelle J. Topham. My great great grandfather made those trunks as well as medical bags and saddles. I have a few pieces of his work. If you have any questions please feel free to email me.

Marvin wrote at 2013-01-10 01:17:26
Hello Michele,  

Thanks for your comments.  That is quite interesting that you are related to James Topham.  You mentioned emailing you, but their is no email address shown here for you. I would love to know more about what information or items you have related to antique trunks. I can be contacted through  Thanks, Marvin

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Marvin D. Miller


I can answer questions related to antique trunks, their age, manufacturers, styles, patents, etc, including all types of trunks such as steamer trunks, saratoga trunks, Victorian trunks, slat trunks, toy and doll trunks, stagecoach trunks, valises, hat trunks, and others.


I have over 40 years experience in trunk restoration, collecting, and research. I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc. related to antique trunks. I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.

Association of American Antique Trunk Restorers, President.

Primarily on the website Cotton & Quail Antiques newspaper (Southeast). Antique Journal magazine.

Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia. I have conducted extensive research related to the topic of trunk manufacturers and trunk styles in the U.S. and Europe.

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Have consulted for the Pawn Stars TV show on antique trunks. I have sold antique trunks to museums in California and Florida and to customers around the world.

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