Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Old Trunk makers


I am looking for info on a Henry D. Moore.  He made trunks around 1880.  He was issued a patent in 1874 for a latch that he and Samuel Mills invented.


Henry D. Moore made trunks in Brooklyn, NY in the 1870's to 1890's based on the little information I have found on him in the past.  I actually researched him some because I had a couple trunks made by his company. Like nearly all trunk makers of that time, his business was probably fairly small and local, meaning he probably employed a few men and boys that made a variety of trunk styles and sold them through either his own store or through local trunk and luggage stores. From business directories of Brooklyn, NY I found that there were several trunk makers in that area, which was common for most towns and cities. In fact another trunk maker, James Spear, was located next door to Moore. I have seen and read the details of Moore's patent which was for a latch that would slide out from the bottom sides of a trunk to hold the tray up and out of the way in order to get to items in the bottom without completely removing the tray.  I have not yet actually seen one of those latches/tray holders in a trunk, so they obviously were never in widespread use as many other trunk parts were. One problem was that there were several other patents for tray holders that became much more popular, including one patented by Charles Taylor of Chicago, and found on many trunks. I have not found any other items patented by Henry D. Moore.  There is really very little information available on most trunk makers of the 1800's, except for a few of the larger trunk makers of Boston and New York. Henry Moore's business was probably much smaller than some of the more well known makers such as Charles Taylor, Crouch & Fitzgerald, or Martin Maier.  I hope that helps you some.  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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.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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