Question I recently purchased an antique trunk from a barn sale in Northern Michigan and stumbled upon a steamer trunk with an original sticker that says "Wolverine Brand." The trunk came with it's two original Everlasting keys and lock set, all in working condition, but was missing its inner tray. I can't find any information of the "Wolverine Brand" and I was curious about it's origins, and perhaps, the age and market price of my trunk.
I currently do not have any specific information on the Wolverine Brand of trunks. But from my research on trunks over many years I know there were trunk companies in every area of the United States at one time or another. I expect those were made up in Northern Michigan based on the name and I expect that they made a variety of trunk styles as most companies did. Many of the trunk makers used the Everlasting locks and several other brands. Since there were so many styles and models made over a long period of time I would still need to see some pictures in order to help determine the age or approximate value of your trunk. Market value on trunks is based on the style, condition, rarity, completeness, age, size and other factors. If you want you can send a couple pictures here or you can send some to my directly at Marvin@ThisOldTrunk.com
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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.
Organizations Association of American Antique Trunk Restorers, President.
Publications Primarily on the website www.ThisOldTrunk.com
Cotton & Quail Antiques newspaper (Southeast). Antique Journal magazine.
Education/Credentials 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.
Past/Present Clients 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.