Most people are surprised to hear this, but there were hundreds of trunk companies in the US when this type trunk was made. By the style of the hardware and trunk, I can tell you that it was made sometime between the late 1890's to about 1920. This type trunk was made for many years using the exact same hardware, which is all "generic", meaning it was available for use by all trunk makers. While some companies put metal or paper labels on most of their trunks, some did not put labels on their trunks, or they used tag labels or paper labels which are worn off or long gone. Many trunk companies sold all their trunks wholesale to retail luggage stores and did not put labels on their trunks. This trunk looks like it was originally covered with canvas, which was the most common type of trunk in the early 1900's. These trunks always had one or more trays inside and were lined in either paper or cloth. Most likely this trunk was made sometime between 1900 to about 1915. I'm attaching pages from a 1913 trunk catalog which shows a couple similar trunks. Some of these had long leather straps across the top while some models did not. You can see some of the details they gave about these trunks. I hope that helps.
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