Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Saratoga trunk


Dear Sir;
I am a writer researching an 1874 murder that occurred in Braintree, MA. One of the items entered as evidence during the trial was a Saratoga trunk. The only description provided in newspaper accounts was that it was "a Saratoga trunk, russet-colored and had large bands or slats nailed across the outside of the lid." There were no newspaper photographs of the trunk.
I found a photograph of a Saratoga trunk on your web site and was wondering if you have a photograph of this particular type of trunk from the 1870s that I can use in my book. I'd appreciate any assistance you can extend to me. Thank you very much.

Large Saratoga Trunk
Large Saratoga Trunk  

1870s Saratoga Trunk
1870s Saratoga Trunk  

I've been traveling for a couple days and just saw your question. Yes, I can help you with this. A Saratoga trunk became a commonly known style, which was basically a large round top trunk and in the 1870's many of them were leather covered and had iron banding around them, with some hardwood slats over the leather covering.  That is probably the style that they were referring to in the newspaper accounts. Some of these trunks were very large.  If you could email me at I can email pictures easier than on here.  I can post a picture or two here also and will do that for you.  I'd love to hear more about your book. Another author from FL actually used the Saratoga trunk picture from my website on their book cover a couple years ago on a similar topic.   

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Marvin D. Miller


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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.

Association of American Antique Trunk Restorers, President.

Primarily on the website Cotton & Quail Antiques newspaper (Southeast). Antique Journal magazine.

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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