Collectibles-General (Antiques)/antique trunk

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We have a trunk, 36"length by 17.5 wide by 16" depth. Eagle lock co, terryville, conn with number 8441 on the lock. Corners are all brass in pretty good shape. We are trying  to  find  any information  about it that we can (approximate ave, ect). Can you possibly help.

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Warren,

The hardware and lock are from an old trunk from the early 1900's based on the style and are brass plated. But the pieces are not original to the wooden chest or trunk that they are on. Trunk makers didn't make travel trunks in that manner during the time period when that hardware was made and used. So someone has taken the hardware from a trunk and used it on this chest but based on the one picture I cannot tell the age of the wood trunk. It could be much older than the hardware, but it would require a close inspection of the trunk and it's construction to help determine the approximate age. The 8441 on the lock is the key code so you can find a replacement key. A magnet will stick to brass plated hardware but not to solid brass hardware.  That's really all I can tell you about this piece based on the picture so I hope that helps.
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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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.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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