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Hi, I own many years this trunk travel in very good conditions of Headley & Farmen .
I would if it were possible to have an assessment.
Thank you for your time.
Silvia from Italy

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Hello Silvia,
Your Headley & Farmer trunk appears to be what was called a wardrobe trunk and has canvas covering over wood. Headley & Farmer were one of the early trunk makers in the New York area and they were in business for a long time, making many styles of trunks. The canvas covering and hardware used on this trunk indicates it was a fairly early model which could have been made from the late 1890's until about 1915. The large standup wardrobe trunks were first introduced in the late 1890's but became much more popular from about 1910 until the 1930's. The models from around 1915 and later were almost all covered with vulcanized fiber which was stronger and more durable than leather or canvas. It's good that your trunk has the brass label on it. The wardrobe trunks usually have several drawers and wooden hangers inside and some had other special features such as a folding ironing board. There is an article about wardrobe trunk history with pictures on my website ThisOldTrunk.com on the Showcase page. You might want to check that out also. The wardrobe trunks are slowly becoming more popular but because they aren't rare and many are still around the value isn't usually very high on them. I usually see these for sale in the United States in the range of about $150 to $300, depending on condition and completeness. Some can sell for higher prices if they are more unusual and in excellent condition. I hope that information 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.

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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.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