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Trunk
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Trunk with drawer
Trunk with drawer  
I have an old Eagle Rock Company trunk and would like to find out more about it.  I am attaching a picture to see if you can tell me anything.

Thank you for your time.

Suzanne

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1911 Trunks
1911 Trunks  

1920 Totty Trunk Co.
1920 Totty Trunk Co.  
Suzanne,

Your trunk is almost certainly American made and from the time period of about 1910 to the 1930's. Many trunk companies made trunks of this style and so without a label it's impossible to say where it came from. It's hard to tell for certain from your pictures if this is all metal covered, but these were made with canvas, metal, and pressed fiber covering. The hardware was originally brass plated but that is almost always worn off. The lock can be replaced if it's missing or not working. The interiors were usually paper covered and it's good that it still has the tray with the cover. These large trunks were made as general purpose travel trunks. Some of these had leather tie down straps and some did not. It looks like it's in fairly rough condition on the exterior, but it could be cleaned up and restored or repainted. The value is not too high in that condition and these can be found at flea markets, yard sales, etc. in the range of about $50 to $100 in most areas.

I'm attaching a couple pages from old trunk catalogs from 1911 and 1920 with similar trunks, but they won't look just like yours as each company made them a little different. You may be able to see some of the details they gave about their trunks.  I hope that helps.

Marvin  ThisOldTrunk.com

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Marvin D. Miller

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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.

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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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.

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Association of American Antique Trunk Restorers, President.

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

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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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