I found this foot locker at an estate sale this weekend. I have gently cleaned and waxed it. The dimensions are 33.25"L x 14.25"H x 15"W. The wood has lots of "history".
When was it manufactured?
How would you set about replacing the missing barrel key?
Are these handles made of iron?
Has someone refinished it post-manufacture?
Is it missing the drop-in internal compartment that I have seen in others that are similar?
Thank you for your time,
Answer Hi Janene,
James Topham made many types of travel trunks but this is not a travel trunk and was probably made for some other specific purpose. The handles do appear to be iron but could also be stamped steel and appear to be original to this chest. It's harder to tell when this was made since it doesn't have any of the typical trunk hardware. But the style of the lock and handles lead me to estimate the age at the 1890's to early 1900's. I cannot tell from your pictures if this has been refinished. It also does not appear to have ever had a lift out tray, which travel trunks had, but many other types of chests did not. You may have to check with a locksmith to find a barrel key as that is not the type lock used on travel trunks which I have much more information on. Sorry I can't be of more help, but I hope that helps some.
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