I expect that some of the Stallman dresser trunks were used by traveling theatrical or Vaudevillian groups. But most of them were probably used by individuals for personal travel. Most of them were made between 1900 and the mid 1920's. Over the last 40 years I have restored a few of these and seen a number of them, including a few with the names of theater or performing groups painted on the sides or top. There were at least a dozen trunk companies that also made their own version of the dresser or theatrical trunks, including the Taylor Trunk Works of Chicago, which even had a full line of trunks "for the profession" which included trunks made for circus performers, musicians, etc. The Stallman dresser trunks were advertised in many early papers and publications and I've attached a couple of these for you to view. As far as construction information and parts goes, these trunks were made in the same way as most trunks of the time, with canvas covering, hardwood slats, stamped metal hardware, etc. The hardware and locks used on the Stallman trunks were "generic" styles which were used by many trunk companies and not made by Stallman. Some reproduction parts are available for trunks of that period, however I would always recommend using old parts, which can often be found from some sources such as trunk restorers. If you provide more information or pictures of the parts you may be looking for I may be able to help you as I have a variety of old trunk parts. You can also email me 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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.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.