Collectibles-General (Antiques)/steamer trunk


Hi I have this trunk and would like more information omit. Such as who made it when and if it has any value. Thank you

1911 Trunk
1911 Trunk  
Your trunk is a style that many American and some Canadian trunk companies made from the late 1890's to about 1920. It's wood covered with canvas and has hardwood slats and had leather straps to help secure the lid, in addition to the two metal latches and lock. Since many companies used the same hardware and made nearly identical models it's not possible to tell who made it unless there is a paper or metal label on it. But many of these trunks are found without a label of any kind. These had one or more lift out trays inside also. They were made in a variety of sizes and models for men and women. Many people remove the old canvas and refinish the wood which usually looks very nice if carefully finished.  I see some of the canvas is already removed from the front. without seeing the interior and complete trunk, I can say that this style trunk will usually sell in the range of about $75 to $150 in unrestored condition. There are exceptions of course when a trunk is a rarer style or has very unusual hardware, etc.  I'm attaching a page from a 1911 trunk maker catalog which shows a similar trunk and you can see how they described it. This was only one of a couple dozen models this company made. Some had flat tops and others had slightly rounded tops, both were common styles. More expensive models were covered with leather or had more elaborate interiors. I hope that information helps.


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Marvin D. Miller


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