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Drucker  Trunk
Drucker Trunk  

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Trunk  
Hi ,
My sister gave me a Drucker Steamer Trunk it has the original tag inside  and it says registered  JAN'Y 12 1897 and on top of the outside of the lid of the trunk it has a little metal plate and it says  The Drucker  PAT. DECEMBER  1900 the lock has the  number 30 on it I'm thinking it's the the Key number that opens the trunk . I don't have the key
And It has one lift out tray. My Question can you tell me how old it is and it's  value.
Debbie

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1911 Lipscomb Trunk Company
1911 Lipscomb Trunk Co  
Hi Debbie,

This style trunk was usually called a canvas covered Dress Trunk by the makers. Most trunk companies had a few trunks of this style in various sizes. Nathan Drucker & Co of Cincinnati, Ohio was in business for many years and made many styles of trunks and had a variety of patents for trunk hardware. The 1897 date is when they registered their new trademark with the lion and large D, with their guarantee. The Dec 1900 patent was for some of the hardware they designed. But those same parts were used for the next twenty years.  It is very hard to narrow down the age very much on some of these trunks. But this one was a common and popular style from 1900 to the early 1920's, so at least you know that, and it is most likely from about 1901 to 1910. Also your trunk has the labels, which many trunks of this type don't have.  The locks of that style were made by Eagle Lock Company of Terryville, CT and the number 30 is the key code.  Those keys can be found and I also sell them if interested. It's nice that your trunk still has the original tray, which is often missing. Drucker made good quality trunks and in it's current condition your trunk has a value in the range of about $150 to $300. Prices vary some by area and by the overall condition of the trunk.  
I'm attaching a page from the Nashville Trunk Company of 1911 which shows similar style trunks for men and women's use, so you can see some of the details they give about it.

Marvin  

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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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