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This trunk came from my great grandfather's. My grandmother was seeking info about it. There is no date,name, or anything on it to indicate it's age. Was wondering if you could tell how old it is and if it's of any value?

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Your trunk is a style that was very popular from about 1890 to the 1910's and most trunk companies in the US made a few models of these. Some called them Monitor top trunks and some just described them as "rounded edge trunks". They were made in a variety of sizes and the more expensive ones had leather covering and others had canvas or metal covering. They used the same or similar hardware and locks on them and they always had one or more lift out trays inside. Since these were very popular there were many made and there are still quite a few of these metal covered trunks around, which keeps the price lower than many others. While it is an antique and can be restored, repainted, and refinished, the value in that condition isn't too high. I see this style for sale often in the range of about $75 to $150 and some can be found for less at auctions or flea markets in some areas. The wood slats are hardwood, usually elm, and the metal covering was usually enamel painted when new. Most likely this trunk was made from about 1905 to 1920 and some were made a few years later.  I've attached a catalog page from 1904 with a similar trunk so you can see some of the details they gave.  I hope that helps.
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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.


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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.

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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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