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we have the key for this trunk and the numbers on the key match the lock so we are confident its the right one. however we believe there is a trick to even getting the key in the lock there is a tab of some sort just above the key hole. looks as though you have to pull it out and turn it for this lock to drop the lever that is in the way of the key entering all the way into the hole. have you ever heard of such

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Carol,

Winship and Eagle Lock Company were both in business for about 100 years and they made and used a large variety of trunk locks, including some which had various keyhole covers.  Some of them did have a special way of being opened and sometimes there was a "trick" to it and you have to experiment a little to find out how to open it. If I saw pictures of the particular lock I might be able to give you some hints on that.  There really were a large variety of the trunk locks made by Eagle and several other lock makers.  

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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.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

Publications
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.

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.

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