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SubjectDate Asked
Moritz madler,Leipzig- Lindenay antique trunk3/22/2017
  Q: My boyfriend found this antique trunk at the curb. Let me just say, love this site. It has a label ...
  A: Sandie, It sounds like a nice find even if someone did paint it. I've had a couple Madler trunks ...
Antique trunk found in dad's attic3/21/2017
  Q: The only info I have about this trunk is on the lock: Eagle Lock Co. Terryville, CT, pat'd in 1892, ...
  A: Sue, I've studied the trunk and lock patents and know a fair amount about the shipping and trade of ...
Trying to identify 1879 Trunk origin3/4/2017
  Q: I hope you are doing good, I was given this old trunk by a ladie I help moving out of her home, ...
  A: This trunk is a style that was originally called a barrel stave top trunk with embossed (or ...
Antique Barrell Trunk (painted with rust)2/24/2017
  Q: Fairly rough looking and some rusted out sheet metal but intact. Anything you can tell me about it? ...
  A: The trunk you found is a barrel top cross slat style trunk with metal covering, made probably ...
Military bridge model kit2/13/2017
  Q: I'm not sure this qualifies as a trunk, but curious if you can tell me anything (value, history, ...
  A: Brent, That's a very interesting item. I would call the case a chest, specially made for the ...
Shwayder Trunk2/11/2017
  Q: I am receiving a family metal/flat top Shwayder Trunk- Age unknown- missing key- does have leather ...
  A: Kathy, Since the Shwayder trunk company was started in 1910 and made many types of trunks over a ...
Cedar chest2/5/2017
  Q: Trying to figure out who the manufacturer is of this chest. Need replacement parts as well as I ...
  A: Shannon, I'm sorry I can't help identify the maker of your cedar chest. There were quite a few ...
Steamer Trunk1/13/2017
  Q: I have an old hump top steamer trunk with no markings that I can see. It has wooden slats that run ...
  A: I can help some with information about your trunk but not the framed prints. The trunk is an ...
Flat top trunk1/3/2017
  Q: Mr Miller, I recently received a trunk as a gift. I can't find any that resemble it. Could you give ...
  A: Yes, I can give you information about your trunk but you may find it hard to believe. Many people ...
Roos cedar chest12/31/2016
  Q: We were just given a good cedar chest with lot number 196483 and piece number 91. How much is this ...
  A: Sandi, The Ed Roos Company made many styles of cedar chests at Forest Park, IL (the Forest Park ...
Dome top steamer trunk.12/18/2016
  Q: I purchased an antique steamer trunk several years ago and have been curious about it since then. ...
  A: Melissa, This style trunk was usually called a cross slatted barrel top, or sometimes round top ...
Requesting information about a trunk12/8/2016
  Q: I just recently purchased this trunk for $50 and I don't really know much about it. I can't find any ...
  A: John, Many of these antique trunks do not have any label or markings on them, especially if made ...
Old Trunk11/24/2016
  Q: I have attached pictures of a trunk that has been in my wife's family for many years but we are ...
  A: Frank, This is one of those items that is extremely hard to determine the approximate age from ...
identifying trunks11/14/2016
  Q: can you help pls
  A: Those are two nice antique trunks you've been given. While neither of them are rare or extremely ...
Wood trunk11/12/2016
  Q: What can you tell me about this piece?
  A: Ashley, This is a type of cedar chest for clothes and blanket storage and not a travel trunk. It ...
Duluth trunk11/8/2016
  Q: I have a blue trunk that has the Duluth trunk factory on it. It has metal snaps on the front one is ...
  A: Shawn, The trunk is a style made from the late 1890's to the 1920's and that's based on the trunk ...
P&S trunk11/5/2016
  Q: Marvin, we picked this up a few weeks ago at an antique shop. What I do know is it's a P&S and the ...
  A: That's a nice P&S trunk you have. I've looked through their 1913 Parkhurst trunk catalog and the ...
Corbin lock number11/3/2016
  Q: Good to have made contact with you. I have a handsome camphor wood military style chest that has a ...
  A: Ross, Yes, that's a very nice looking camphor chest. I can help with the key and probably with ...
1897 Seward # 10 Canvas Covered Trunk10/28/2016
  Q: Need to find pics and any available information on a 28" X 30" Seward # 10 Canvas Covered Trunk ...
  A: Mark, As you may have found based on your research, it is very hard to find any early information ...
Antique Trunk10/22/2016
  Q: Just curious about any info you might have on this trunk. Have not seen many that open from the ...
  A: Ryan, This style trunk was most often called a dresser trunk or bureau trunk by the manufacturers. ...
Antique trunk10/9/2016
  Q: I recently purchased a trunk off craigslist for $40. I guess I am curious about the value, age and ...
  A: April, This is a barrel stave top trunk of the mid 1880's to about 1900. Many American trunk ...
1914 Headley & Farmer Co Trunk10/8/2016
  Q: I recently purchased a trunk at a flea market, and am trying to find out some more information on ...
  A: Shawna, Headley & Farmer was one of several trunk companies that made a variety of trunks for the ...
trunk with color stickers and monogram10/2/2016
  Q: I acquired this old trunk from a guy in Newark, Delaware who posted it for sale on Craigslist. He ...
  A: Sarah, It was a common practice for people to have their initials and hometown painted on the side ...
Duluth Trunk9/9/2016
  Q: we bought this Duluth truck a few years back. my small son has used it for hide and seek one too ...
  A: Jamie, The trunk is a popular style of the early 1900's made by many American trunk companies. It's ...
military trunk9/6/2016
  Q: my trunk is by James Topham it has written on the top From Quartermaster to Monterey Cal. and to Ft ...
  A: Diane, The James Topham trunk company of Washington D.C. made several styles of trunks for the ...
James S. Topham trunk8/31/2016
  Q: Klein, I found this foot locker at an estate sale this weekend. I have gently cleaned and waxed it. ...
  A: James Topham made many types of travel trunks but this is not a travel trunk and was probably made ...
Abraham & Straus Trunk - mfrg date / worth?8/1/2016
  Q: I purchased this trunk at an estate sale and I was wondering about its history and worth. I wasn't ...
  A: Based on my extensive research on trunks and trunk makers, I have found no evidence that Abraham & ...
Dependable Trunk from Newark Trunk Co.7/4/2016
  Q: I read a post on your page from a woman who bought a Dependable Trunk from Newark Trunk Co. (NJ)at a ...
  A: Sharon, There were several large trunk companies in Newark, NJ which made this style trunk. This ...
Large all metal flat top trunk - circa 1880??7/4/2016
  Q: I just inherited an all metal (or tin?) flat top trunk -- I was told my great grandfather brought ...
  A: Marlene, This style trunk was made in America by several large trunk companies and several were ...
Sara2lm7ltoga Trunk7/2/2016
  Q: I was gifted with what I believe to be a rare half-size slightly round top trunk in 1980. Oddly ...
  A: It's a nice looking half trunk and is probably from the 1880's to mid 1890's in age. There were ...
Antique trunk info6/23/2016
  Q: I have a barrel top antique trunk I am looking to assess its age / manufacture. The only print I ...
  A: Sean, You are correct that this type trunk was called a "barrel top" and sometimes a "cross slat ...
Wash. Military Cyclists Leather Pouch6/21/2016
  Q: My Grandmother has a 1890's leather pouch that was used by a Washington Military Cyclist on his ...
  A: Beth, That's a very interesting item and it does appear to be from the 1890's to early 1900's. The ...
Age, Manufacturer, etc.?6/15/2016
  Q: This trunk has been in my family for many decades. I think it's what would be considered a flat-top ...
  A: Shane, Yes, I can tell you several things about this trunk, but unfortunately they are going to ...
Headley & Farmer Trunk6/14/2016
  Q: I own many years this trunk travel in very good conditions of Headley & Farmen . I would if it were ...
  A: Your Headley & Farmer trunk appears to be what was called a wardrobe trunk and has canvas covering ...
Could you guess a rough age?6/12/2016
  Q: This is a trunk that I got from my brother. Initially, in had been painted and I started to strip ...
  A: Mickie, It looks like a good job of removing the paint and old canvas covering. This style trunk ...
Cleaning Newark Trunk Co trunk6/6/2016
  Q: Miller! Have ALWAYS wanted an old steamer, and while shopping for my birthday present (May ...
  A: I'm glad you found an old trunk that you like. Trunks are great to use in so many ways and there is ...
Immigrant Trunk5/9/2016
  Q: I have attached a couple of pictures of a trunk that I acquired from an estate. I was wondering if ...
  A: Beth, This is what is usually called an immigrant chest, most likely made in northern Europe from ...
Trunk5/1/2016
  Q: My husband recently came across this old trunk. It was found in an old cabin. The only marking we ...
  A: Katherine, This trunk is a popular style of the late 1890's to about 1920. Since these were made ...
Bristol trunk4/29/2016
  Q: Good evening Mr. Miller I am writing in question of a BRistol trunk that I have bought and ...
  A: Ann, The alligator pattern embossed metal was designed and patented in 1885 and then used by many ...
Antique Trunk4/24/2016
  Q: Well Mr. Miller I am hoping you can help shed some light on this old trunk of mine. I am having the ...
  A: Will, This type trunk was called a "cross slat" round top, or barrel top trunk with embossed (or ...
Parkhurst & Son trunk4/8/2016
  Q: I acquired a P&S trunk and have done some research on it, I discovered it was made only about an ...
  A: Abby, That's great that you found a nice Parkhurst trunk from your area. It sounds like you've ...
Paxrite Wardrobe Trunk4/5/2016
  Q: I found this wardrobe trunk at Goodwill and it just called my name! It appears that someone painted ...
  A: Nicole, The Osterweil Bros. trunk company was one of about eight trunk companies in Newark in the ...
Old Trunk4/1/2016
  Q: I got this trunk from an older lady who said it was her Fathers. I was thinking about making a ...
  A: Keshia, Your trunk is a flat top canvas covered trunk of the early 1900's, a style made by many ...
steamer trunk3/4/2016
  Q: Such as who made it when and if it has any value. Thank you
  A: Luis, Your trunk is a style that many American and some Canadian trunk companies made from the late ...
Klein Bros Knickerbocker cedar chest on top of drawers2/17/2016
  Q: I have a Klien Bros piece of furniture. It has a cedar chest on top of two drawers. There is a ...
  A: Paula, That is an interesting cedar chest of drawers and I haven't seen one just like it either. ...
Old Chest2/14/2016
  Q: My husband surprised me with an old chest bought in an antique shop. It is an amazing trunk. But my ...
  A: Shannon, That trunk is an American made trunk from around 1920 to the late 1930's based on the ...
Trunk Inquiry2/12/2016
  Q: I recently started to prep this very large trunk for a project and discovered an interesting "36/89" ...
  A: I've seen many similar markings inside or sometimes on the bottom or exterior (under the canvas or ...
Inherited Drucker trunk2/9/2016
  Q: My grandparents both passed away and nobody wanted this old trunk. I have done some research but ...
  A: Kevin, I'm glad someone saved the trunk for future generations. Drucker made many types of trunks ...
Trunk2/3/2016
  Q: I was mainly wondering how old my trunk is but if could tell me anything else about it that would be ...
  A: Eddie, This is an American made trunk from the 1860 to early 1870's period. Some of these were ...
Antique trunk2/1/2016
  Q: I recently purchased an antique trunk and would like to learn more about it. The seller said it is ...
  A: Heather, It is an interesting antique chest you have. But I doubt very much that it was made for ...
antique trunk1/7/2016
  Q: I have a suitcase from stewart trunk and bag co. I was just wondering if you may be able to tell me ...
  A: Jordan, I think your suitcase is probably from the Seward Trunk and Bag company of Petersburg, VA. ...
Antique family trunk1/7/2016
  Q: I have inherited 6 family trunks and am beginning to restore the one in the picture. I have several ...
  A: Virginia, Your trunk is a true "steamer" model trunk and many American trunk companies made this ...
trunk12/28/2015
  Q: I was wondering what you can tell me about this trunk. The inside says it has "Truesdale" hinges ...
  A: Ann, The J. Truesdale & Son Trunk Company was incorporated in 1894 in Manchester, NH. John ...
antique Trunk12/17/2015
  Q: I bought this trunk for $20 and spent about 1 month sanding the rust off. I also had to replace the ...
  A: Barby, You got a very good deal on the trunk. Many of these trunks are unmarked except for patent ...
antique trunk12/14/2015
  Q: We have a trunk, 36"length by 17.5 wide by 16" depth. Eagle lock co, terryville, conn with number ...
  A: Warren, The hardware and lock are from an old trunk from the early 1900's based on the style and ...
Headley & Farmer trunk12/13/2015
  Q: I PURCHASED THIS HEADLY & FARMER TRUNK AND I WANTED TO KNOW IT'S VALUE IF ANY. CAN YOU PLEASE HELP. ...
  A: I am not able to enlarge your picture of the trunk so I will need to see a few larger pictures ...
Royalrobe12/5/2015
  Q: We had a customer drop this trunk off for our online auction. I am worried that it is worth more ...
  A: I just received the notice of your question, so sorry this is late. This is a wardrobe trunk made by ...
identify a trunk10/28/2015
  Q: Recently purchased this trunk and was not able to find any identification on it. I know the lock is ...
  A: Adam, The trunk is a style made mostly from the 1920's to 30's and appears to be a vulcanized fiber ...
Haskell Bros Bag10/28/2015
  Q: I have a Haskell Bros bag that looks like a medical bag. Did they make such bags and do they have ...
  A: Bill, Yes, most trunk companies did make a variety of bags. In fact many of the company names were ...
Reclining Trunk10/5/2015
  Q: I purchased a trunk that has a metal plate that has N Drucker Cincinnati and Reclining. It still has ...
  A: Marlyn, The Nathan Drucker trunk company of Cincinnati was in business for many years and made ...
Arab chest10/3/2015
  Q: I have what is thought to be a 18th century Arab wedding chest. It is of considerable size. 53 ...
  A: Anka, That is a very unique and unusual chest and I'm sure it is quite old. Over the last 40 years ...
Leather Trimmed Steamer Trunk9/29/2015
  Q: I thoroughly respect and enjoy the expertise you share concerning trunks. Thank you for your ...
  A: Gene, Thanks for your comments. First, that is a true "steamer" trunk, which is the style made up ...
Trunk9/15/2015
  Q: A couple months ago you had answered my question regarding this old trunk I purchased. I was ...
  A: Carol, Since the trunk has some damage and may be somewhat fragile, you would need to treat it ...
Taylor Trunk refinish?9/15/2015
  Q: Miller, I just became the owner of a 1908 Taylor Trunk. My boss's mother had it for sale at her ...
  A: The pictures of your trunk did not come with your question so you might try sending them again. The ...
Duluth trunk9/13/2015
  Q: ..just purchased a trunk from a garage sale For $15. Just inquiring about the value and how old it ...
  A: Maria. Trunks of that type with that style hardware were made from the late 1890's until the 1920's ...
"Neverbreak"9/3/2015
  Q: I have a trunk full of stickers that I have protected as best as can documenting this trunks travels ...
  A: James, That's great that you've preserved the trunk with its original stickers. This Neverbreak ...
Camelback trunk.8/27/2015
  Q: Im looking for information on this trunk. Im not worried about value (I bought it for 6.00) Im just ...
  A: Jason, You got a great buy on your antique trunk. This style was called a "cross slatted round top ...
Old family trunk8/19/2015
  Q: I have this old trunk that has been in the family for an estimated hundred years. I was wondering if ...
  A: Freddie, Your trunk was almost certainly made in the United States and sometime between about 1920 ...
What can you tell me about this trunk?8/17/2015
  Q: This trunk came from my great grandfather's. My grandmother was seeking info about it. There is no ...
  A: Sarah, Your trunk is a style that was very popular from about 1890 to the 1910's and most trunk ...
Pa Dutch blanket chest8/13/2015
  Q: Recently purchased this. I have been researching a bit. This chest is rather rough. Artwork is ...
  A: Karen, It looks like a very interesting old chest, however it is very difficult to evaluate an ...
Henrie Runcie & Company Trunk8/9/2015
  Q: I was hoping if you can kindly help me with some information regarding my H.R & co trunk. I ...
  A: Anna, The company was originally established in 1838 as the S. Henry Runcie Trunk company and ...
Great grandfathers trunk8/9/2015
  Q: I was told that my Great Grandfather brought this over from Germany when he was about 14 years old. ...
  A: Darren, This is an American made trunk of a style made from about 1885 to as late as about 1915 by ...
Trunk8/5/2015
  Q: We just bought this trunk at auction and would love more information about it. Many thanks ...
  A: Samantha, Your trunk is a style that was very popular from the 1890's through the 1920's and made ...
Old steamer trunks found8/2/2015
  Q: I was wondering if someone found Identify 3 steamer trunks I found in my mom attic. I took pics and ...
  A: Cathy, You can actually attach two pictures to each question here, or you can email your pictures ...
Steamer trunk8/1/2015
  Q: I was wondering if you can help me with some info on this steamer trunk that was given to me. The ...
  A: Ryan, It's true that a magnet will not stick to solid brass, but it does to brass plated steel. ...
old red Throttle Jockeys trunk8/1/2015
  Q: this old trunk has not been restored. about how much is it worth, should it be restored, how much? ...
  A: Tom, The trunk is a common style from the 1890s to about 1920 time period and they were made by ...
Info about old wooden trunk/chest8/1/2015
  Q: I just bought a great wooden trunk/chest an would like some information about it if you can help. ...
  A: Randy, I would call this a chest rather than a trunk because trunks were generally used for travel ...
Old Stage Coach Trunk7/14/2015
  Q: Over the weekend, I purchased at an auction at Pinnacle Peak Patio in Scottsdale, AZ this old ...
  A: Carol, This trunk is a type that was made to be very light weight and is almost always made of ...
haskel bros trunk7/11/2015
  Q: I know Haskel Bros Manufacturing made trunks roughly between 1880-1920 but no matter how much ...
  A: Zachariah, You have experienced the same difficulty and frustration that I have many times trunk ...
Innovation trunk7/9/2015
  Q: I would like to know when this trunk was made. Also what it is made of. It would also be useful to ...
  A: Suzy, Yes, your Innovation trunk is a hat trunk and the size is typical of the ladies hat trunks ...
Old Uncle's Trunk?7/4/2015
  Q: Trying to figure out what this is. Cannot find anything similar on EBay. Is it a steamer trunk, A ...
  A: The reason that you are having a hard time finding information about your trunk or chest is because ...
Cedar chest/trunk6/13/2015
  Q: I have found a west branch cedar chest and am trying to determine its value. West branch is branded ...
  A: Michelle, The West Branch Novelty Co. of Milton, PA was founded in 1893, but they made this style ...
Indstructo trunk company5/22/2015
  Q: I have a teunk and i want to know the value of it...
  A: Jessica, These wardrobe trunks were made by many trunk companies in this style and other styles, ...
corbin doublehasp trunk lock4/28/2015
  Q: I bought a old trunk that has a corbin double hasp lock and i need a key to it. I found one ( not ...
  A: From my experience those Corbin double hasp locks do not all use the same key. There is often a key ...
My grandmother's cedar chest4/27/2015
  Q: Miller, I have inherited my Big Mama's cedar chest. 26" tall 50" wide 26" deep I don't know how ...
  A: Linda, I'm sorry for the delay, but I'm not able to get pictures on my phone. I don't have very ...
Saratoga trunk4/24/2015
  Q: I am a writer researching an 1874 murder that occurred in Braintree, MA. One of the items entered as ...
  A: John, I've been traveling for a couple days and just saw your question. Yes, I can help you with ...
Antique Trunk Question4/14/2015
  Q: I found this unique trunk and would like to get some additional information about it such as: ...
  A: Priscilla, Your trunk is a general purpose travel trunk of a style that was made from the 1930's to ...
Steamer Trunk4/12/2015
  Q: My wife and I recently purchased a steamer trunk but do not know anything about it. It has an Eagle ...
  A: Mike, That style short trunk is the true "steamer" trunk as the name was originally used for the ...
Information about Trunk4/7/2015
  Q: I would appreciate any information about the trunk in the photo. It is 26.75" high x 38" wide x 23" ...
  A: Marta, The trunk is a style called a bureau trunk or a dresser trunk, having the inner drawers and ...
Neverbreak Baby Hundred trunk4/3/2015
  Q: I have my stepfather's Neverbreaf Baby Hundred trunk. It's not in very good shape, but, it has a ...
  A: Kathy, As far as I know, there are no records available now to get any information from using the ...
Old steamer trunk3/26/2015
  Q: I just purchased this old trunk and I was trying to date it. It's 2 feet tall and 3 feet across and ...
  A: Ellie, The American trunk companies began making more of the "slatless" trunks such as this in the ...
Can not find any info on my antique steam trunk3/24/2015
  Q: I have been trying to find information about the maker but have had no luck. The lable is round red ...
  A: I have heard of Cutter & Cutter of Boston and have one of their trunk catalogs from 1914. They ...
chest information3/24/2015
  Q: So I inherited this old trunk and it appears to have hidden beauty but I have no idea what it was or ...
  A: Romeo, This style trunk was called a Cross Slat barrel top trunk and they were made by many ...
cylinderical trunk3/21/2015
  Q: i live in Scotland and bought this trunk thing from n indoor market. it seems to of had some ...
  A: To me this does not really look like an old item or what I would really call a trunk. I have seen ...
L.F. Miller Saratoga Chest3/16/2015
  Q: Miller, My mother in law gave me this chest, she recalled that it was her grandmother's chest. She ...
  A: From what I can see in the pictures, the trunk is in original condition and has not been changed. ...
restoration3/15/2015
  Q: I purchased an embossed rounded top trunk circa 1880-1920 (?). It needs cleaning because of the ...
  A: Karen, Most of the embossed metal trunks were painted when new and are usually found with the old ...
cutter and cutter cee curity trunk3/15/2015
  Q: I have an old trunk that I aquire and was looking for some more info of possible age and info about ...
  A: I have a little information about Cutter & Cutter, but I would really need to see a couple pictures ...
Trunks for Dummies.3/10/2015
  Q: I recently purchased this trunk for $50 and thought it was an awesome little piece of history and ...
  A: Courtney, You are correct that this was a canvas covered trunk and most likely lined with paper. ...
Old trunk3/4/2015
  Q: I am trying to find out any information I can. The trunk was built into her attic and was unable to ...
  A: Jennifer, This trunk is almost certainly an American made trunk, but a few were made in Europe ...
sea chest3/2/2015
  Q: I have old sea chest trying to find info about age and maker any info or history greatly appreciated
  A: Your chest is a "Cross Slat" barrel stave top travel trunk, made in the America sometime between ...
Rogers Wardrobe Trunk Key2/28/2015
  Q: In one of your other answers, you suggested that you occasionally sell keys for old trunks. I have ...
  A: Bill, Since there were several American lock companies which sold locks to the trunk makers, you ...
U.S Army Military Field Desk Trunk2/27/2015
  Q: I have an Army Field Desk Trunk which seems to have a bit of history attached to it. On the top of ...
  A: Andrew, That's quite an interesting story and it sounds like you have already been able to find a ...
inherited cross slat trunk2/21/2015
  Q: Marvin, I'm looking to find more information on the trunk I received, as family members are no help. ...
  A: Dianna, There were many American trunk companies that made the style trunk you describe. The cross ...
Two Additional Family Trunks2/16/2015
  Q: Marvin, I would appreciate your opinion on these two chests in my possession. The blanket chest is ...
  A: Julianne, Well, first I have to say that it's a challenge to give very much information based on ...
Identification of two heirloom trunks2/16/2015
  Q: Mr. Miller, I would greatly appreciate your expert opinion on my two trunks, photos attached. One ...
  A: Julianne, Your large trunk made by Henry Likly of Rochester, NY is a very good quality trunk and a ...
corbin cabinet lock co2/7/2015
  Q: i have a corbin cabinet lock with a code of 1075. would you please see if you have a key for this ...
  A: Frank, No I don't have that Corbin key. I would guess you need a flat key and not a barrel style ...
Father's trunk2/4/2015
  Q: When my father passed, I came into the possession of this old trunk. Believe he had it when he ...
  A: Mike, That's a nice little trunk that you have from your father. The paper covering on these ...
Moritz Madler of Leipzig Trunk2/3/2015
  Q: After looking at some of your other post I beleive this trunk might have been made by Moritz Madler ...
  A: Elizabeth, Yes, you are correct, that is a trunk from Moritz Madler of Leigpig, Germany. The label ...
Old steamer trunk2/3/2015
  Q: I found this trunk at a yardsale about 5 years ago, and have been holding on to it since. I had ...
  A: Nichol, That is a true "steamer trunk" from about 1900 to 1915, give or take a few years. Taller ...
Cross Slat Monitor Trunk2/1/2015
  Q: The attached photos are of a trunk which was my Great Grandmothers. She moved further south from ...
  A: Lissa, That's great that you have your great grandmother's trunk. This style was introduced ...
Trunks12/27/2014
  Q: I cannot find any markings of any kind to identify this trunk. I believe it is made of copper on the ...
  A: Dana, This would not really be classified as a trunk, but is more of a decorative chest or box with ...
Old Trunk12/3/2014
  Q: Miller, I have had an old trunk for years and not knowing ananything about it for years until I ...
  A: Sherry, This is a bit of a mystery because I don't remember ever seeing an Eagle lock with the ...
Metal storage bin12/2/2014
  Q: This is a black metal large bi with gold painting on it. It has a 90 degree angle shape at back ...
  A: I'm not an expert on this type of metal bin, but I will see if I can help any or give you some ...
who made it11/24/2014
  Q: Im trying to get any info I can on this old guy. No identifying marks. Please help.
  A: James, Most people are surprised to hear this, but there were hundreds of trunk companies in the US ...
Age of trunk11/23/2014
  Q: My husband and I recently purchased this trunk from a woman who bought it at a yard sale. I have no ...
  A: Nicole, While I don't have any specific history information on the Rivere maker, I can tell you ...
Farley & Loetscher cedar chest/trunk11/17/2014
  Q: I have been using this chest for years and recently decided to maybe sell it. I looked at the name ...
  A: Ricky, Cedar storage chests such as yours were made by at least a dozen different companies during ...
Ducker trunk11/11/2014
  Q: We have a Drucker trunk with a pateint date of December 1900. The serial number is 2 sin 219. There ...
  A: The Nathan Drucker trunk company of Cincinnati, Ohio had two patents awarded in Dec. 1900 and they ...
Wardrobe11/10/2014
  Q: Would you be able to tell us anything about this wardrobe trunk? Cheers, Geoff
  A: Geoff, This style wardrobe trunk was made primarily in Germany from about 1900 until the early ...
Steamer Trunk11/7/2014
  Q: I recently came into possession of a steamer trunk that belonged to my late grandfather. No one in ...
  A: I see you have been reading up on trunks. You are correct that this is a true "steamer" trunk and ...
George P. Bent shipping chest11/6/2014
  Q: The George P. Bent chest I believe was used to ship organ parts or something from the Chicago ...
  A: That's a very interesting item you have and I agree it must have been a shipping chest of some type. ...
Stallman Dresser Trunk11/4/2014
  Q: Was this kind of trunk used by Vaudevillians? Any suggestions on where i can find construction ...
  A: Thomas, I expect that some of the Stallman dresser trunks were used by traveling theatrical or ...
My Great Grandmother's trunk11/3/2014
  Q: Attached are some pictures of a trunk my Grandmother gave me about 30 years ago that belonged to my ...
  A: Ron, Your trunk is in pretty nice condition overall and worth preserving as original as possible. ...
james s topham11/2/2014
  Q: 3 ft high cast iron Indian with copper badge similar to one on trunks. reads James s Topham maker ...
  A: Larry, That sounds very interesting and it sounds like something that was used at the retail stores ...
Old trunk11/1/2014
  Q: We were wondering if you could tell us anything about this trunk? It was given to my father a week ...
  A: The trunk is almost certainly an American made trunk from about 1910 to the 1920's. That style trunk ...
Dresser Wall trunk9/30/2014
  Q: Based on your answer, this would be classified as a dresser wall trunk. Here are two pictures of ...
  A: Brian, Yes, you definitely have a dresser style wall trunk, also called a "bureau" trunk by some ...
antique trunk9/29/2014
  Q: My wife and I recently purchased a wall trunk to restore. As lifelong DIYers, we are enjoying all ...
  A: Brian, Wall trunks really caught on during the 1890's even though there had been a couple earlier ...
Old Trunk9/25/2014
  Q: I have an old trunk manufactured by "THE PUEBLO TRUNK CO. MAKERS PUEBLO, COLO." which is ...
  A: Marie-Ange, This website will allow you to attach two pictures. I would need to see picture in ...
Canvas covered trunk9/25/2014
  Q: I am very impressed with your knowledge from your previous answers! I am trying to repair and ...
  A: Diana, Part of the answer to your question depends on what you intend to do with the trunk. While ...
Frank A. Stallman Trunk Co.9/21/2014
  Q: What were the years of operation for the Stallman trunk company? Thank you George Hewitson
  A: Officially the Frank A. Stallman trunk company was in business from 1894 until 1919. But Stallman ...
Old Trunk I inherited9/19/2014
  Q: I am trying to find info on trunk I inherited. It has been told that this trunk came from England ...
  A: Robert, This is an American made trunk, called a Barrel Top Cross Slat trunk. These were made from ...
topham WWl era field desk?9/15/2014
  Q: I purchased this trunk/desk recently. I am wondering what it is worth and if trying to have it ...
  A: Lisa, The trunk you have is a military field desk trunk, which was made under government contract ...
Cavalier Trunk9/7/2014
  Q: I have a Cavalier Cedar Trunk that belonged to my grandmother. It has the metal Cavalier tag in the ...
  A: Sorry for the delay. Many companies made similar cedar chests and in a variety of styles and models. ...
trunk features9/2/2014
  Q: My trunk has a partial ticket on it. Not sure if was one they put om the trunks when traveling or ...
  A: Frank Stallman made a variety of trunks, including their own style of dresser trunks and some that ...
What value does my trunk have?7/26/2014
  Q: I have a neverbreak trunk that has seen better days. The leather handles on either side are broken, ...
  A: Christine, Neverbreak trunks were a brand name used by the Goldsmith & Son Trunk company of Newark, ...
Haskell Bros Trunk7/22/2014
  Q: I bought an old trunk years ago. It is an unusual size: 17" deep, 35" wide, and 30" tall. A brass ...
  A: Yes, your trunk is a bit of an unusual size to most people, but actually it was a special type of ...
Humpback trunk7/20/2014
  Q: I've come into possession of an old humpback truck. Inside the lid is states: Patented Aug.22 1882 ...
  A: Christina, The patent dates which are stamped in the lid of your trunk were for patents awarded to ...
Klein brothers7/19/2014
  Q: I have a Klein brothers cedar truck. Trying to determine Value. Please provide any info you may ...
  A: Many of the old cedar chests and trunks don't have any label on them, so you are fortunate that you ...
Never break truck7/17/2014
  Q: I bought this trunk many years ago from an elderly fellow. Plate on side says Never break golfer ...
  A: Lorne, That sounds like an interesting trunk, but I haven't seen that particular model, so without ...
Antique Trunk Info7/13/2014
  Q: Hey, just wondering if you could tell me a little info on this trunk in the pictures. It has no ...
  A: This trunk is a style that was generally called a barrel stave top trunk per all the old trunk ...
Value of Trunk7/10/2014
  Q: My husband and I recently bought a trunk at an auction and we are having some trouble finding ...
  A: Kara, While I can give you some information about your trunk, I cannot give you an estimate of the ...
Trunk.7/8/2014
  Q: My name is Ben. I recently came across a trunk. I'm thinking it was made around 1900. It has a tag ...
  A: Ben, Your trunk was made by the Nathan Drucker trunk company of Cincinnati, OH. The December 1900 ...
Humpback trunks7/4/2014
  Q: We recently came into possession of 2 different sizes of humpback trunks from a storage locker ...
  A: Sandra, Both of your trunks are types that were made primarily in the US in the early 1900's. But ...
Henry Likly Wardrobe Trunk6/24/2014
  Q: I was wondering if there was any way to find out how old this wardrobe trunk is? It has Henry Likly ...
  A: Lisa, Even though the Likly company was established in 1844, they didn't start making that style ...
Who Manufactured this wardrobe trunk6/24/2014
  Q: I just purchased this wardrobe trunk and am unsure of the manufacture, we can not read it as it is ...
  A: Lisa, While there were at least several dozen trunk companies that made similar wardrobe trunks, I ...
makers of trunks6/23/2014
  Q: I have two trunks that I have been trying to research, but not finding info on either manufacturer. ...
  A: Judi, There were dozens of trunk companies which made the fiber covered trunks and most of them ...
Flat Top Trunk6/23/2014
  Q: Miller I recently picked up an old trunk with out any labels, it does have some possible maker ...
  A: Dave, Your canvas covered flat top trunk was a style made by many US trunk makers from the 1890s to ...
Another old trunk6/20/2014
  Q: We just got this trunk from a yard sale. We were curious about any historical information and the ...
  A: I just saw this follow-up question you had with another picture. You won't hurt the value of this ...
Another old trunk6/18/2014
  Q: We just purchased another trunk from a yard sale. It's very large, but I don't see any markings on ...
  A: Jessy, I'm not able to see very much detail from your pictures so I won't be able to tell you very ...
curious about old trunk6/12/2014
  Q: I pulled this trunk out of my grandma's basement. She said she got it at a garage sale 40 years ago. ...
  A: Jessy, The trunk your grandmother owns is a type that was called a "fibre covered trunk", which ...
antique trunk5/28/2014
  Q: I am interested in knowing about my trunk - approximate age, worth, or any historical information. ...
  A: Your trunk is a duck canvas covered trunk in a style made from the mid 1890's to about 1915 or so by ...
Italian connection5/26/2014
  Q: My Italian grandmother travelled from Italy to Australia with this trunk, and I have been told that ...
  A: Michelle, There were several large trunk companies, primarily in New Jersey, that exported many ...
Curious about a trunk!5/22/2014
  Q: I was given this trunk and I would like to know what year it was made and really information you ...
  A: Cherry, That trunk is American made and has stamped steel slat clamps and latches, and a lock in ...
Cedar Chest5/12/2014
  Q: I am seeking information on this chest I've had in my family for at least 25 years. My father bought ...
  A: I certainly understand your frustration with trying to find more information about your cedar chest. ...
Old antique trunk found in my garage!5/5/2014
  Q: I found an old trunk in my garage and after my grandmother recognized the name of the furniture ...
  A: This looks like a cedar lined storage chest, possibly from the 1950's to 1960's is my best estimate ...
James S. Topham Trunk5/3/2014
  Q: I just picked this trunk up at a garage sale and I wanted to know about it's history! It is in a ...
  A: Elizabeth, Your trunk, made by James S. Topham of Washington, D.C., was made for the military ...
Haskell bros.4/29/2014
  Q: I have inherited an old leather bag/satchel, made by Haskell bros. the label inside on a pocket is ...
  A: Lisa, That's an interesting old bag that you have. Over the year as I have collected antique trunks ...
Antique trunk4/23/2014
  Q: I bought this trunk at a yard sale a few weeks ago, the man bought it at a yard sale himself so he ...
  A: Karla, The Barnard Bros. Trunk Company was established in 1876 and was in business until about ...
question4/17/2014
  Q: Szép napot! Érdeklődöm a doboz mikori lehet? Hol gyártották? Mennyibe kerülhet? Köszönöm! ...
  A: This style trunk was made in America from the 1890's to about 1920 by many different trunk ...
FBM Cedar Chest4/11/2014
  Q: I hope you can help. I recently inherited a 1951 FBM cedar chest that has been in our family since ...
  A: Lisa, It's a pretty nice looking cedar chest and does have some value, however there are quite a ...
james s. topham trunk4/1/2014
  Q: i have had my trunk for about five years now. i bought it at an antique shop in douglasville ga. ...
  A: Megan, You have a true "steamer" trunk, which was a style made from the 1880's through the early ...
Geo S Haines Trunk Chest3/29/2014
  Q: I have a Geo S Haines trunk chest that has a date of May 70 on the hinge inside. Mine has etched ...
  A: Matt, Haines made many styles of trunks from the 1880s to about 1930. The trunk lid stay that was ...
trunk3/20/2014
  Q: I would love to know about this trunk. I would like to use it for historical painting subjects, so ...
  A: Heide, This trunk or chest is a "home made"(or blacksmith made/handmade)item, rather than a ...
winship steamer trunk with eagle lock3/19/2014
  Q: we have the key for this trunk and the numbers on the key match the lock so we are confident its the ...
  A: Carol, Winship and Eagle Lock Company were both in business for about 100 years and they made and ...
Military Foot Locker3/16/2014
  Q: I found this awesome military foot locker! After washing it up a bit, some stenciled writing was ...
  A: Paulette, yes, that is a nice military foot locker and they made them like that from around the ...
Vintage White Star/Cunard Line carry on case3/15/2014
  Q: I have a thick leather, what looks to be...a carry on bag...from about the 20's, with both a White ...
  A: Gary, The monogram is probably for the owner because the companies did not typically label their ...
Duluth trunk?3/13/2014
  Q: I was given an antique trunk. It has a metal tag on the top that says Duluth Trunk Factory Make and ...
  A: Sherry, As you describe the trunk, it has items that were very common on trunks of the 1880's to ...
Jenny Lind trunk3/12/2014
  Q: I would like to know the date of this trunk. The interior is lined with fabric…the tray is missing. ...
  A: That is a nice Jenny Lind style trunk you have. I have spent a great deal of time researching this ...
James W. Topham trunk3/12/2014
  Q: Miller, I, too, own a James W. Topham trunk and via the photos and the description of the one in ...
  A: I hope I can help some. The Topham trunks that I have seen have been good quality trunks and that ...
N.J. Whalen trunk3/11/2014
  Q: I was wondering if you could give me any more information about this trunk? Here is what I have: The ...
  A: Sandy, It's nice that your trunk has the original label and the inner tray (trunk makers never ...
trunk idenitiy3/9/2014
  Q: I found this trunk in my father's attic. Can you tell me anything about it? There are no ...
  A: Arlene, This trunk is a very nice example of a very popular trunk style from the 1890's until the ...
Who is C. Goyard?3/5/2014
  Q: Can you identify the maker of the big, old trunk we own? I'm attaching a pic of the label.
  A: Sue, That is a very interesting label in your trunk. It is fairly typical of French trunk labels ...
Steamer Trunk3/4/2014
  Q: I am trying to learn about antiques. I love them and one day hope to have an antique shop. I just ...
  A: Karyn, Your trunk is a canvas covered trunk made sometime between the mid 1890's to about 1915. ...
Drucke Steamer Trunk2/7/2014
  Q: As I said in my last message I wanted to restore My Drucker Steamer Trunk But on the Trunk on the ...
  A: Debbie, yes, it was a very common practice to have your initials and town painted on the side of ...
Steamer Trunk2/6/2014
  Q: My sister gave me a Drucker Steamer Trunk it has the original tag inside and it says registered ...
  A: This style trunk was usually called a canvas covered Dress Trunk by the makers. Most trunk companies ...
1800s Steamer Trunk2/2/2014
  Q: I recently acquired this trunk which I'm told is from the 1800s. I'd like to know more about it such ...
  A: If you can share a couple good pictures of the trunk I can see what I can tell about it. Please ...
Old Trunk questions1/28/2014
  Q: I just reviewed your answers to Andy from 1/22/14 and he has the same trunk I have questions about ...
  A: I'll do my best to answer all your questions. I have been studying trunk construction methods, ...
trunk1/28/2014
  Q: Can you tell me about a old trunk I was going to repurpose I started to try cleaning it has a brass ...
  A: Donna, Guthries Trunk Store was in Louisville in the early 1900's and they sold many types of ...
Antique Dome Top Trunk1/22/2014
  Q: I am planning to restore/refurbish this dome top trunk. I am hoping you can help narrow down the ...
  A: Andy, It appears you have tried to do your homework on this. But unfortunately for more people it ...
old wood trunk1/18/2014
  Q: I got this trunk in a storage auction with quite a few antiques, china etc... any idea of age, make ...
  A: Dan, This chest is really some type of individually handmade tool chest, carpenter's or other ...
Inherited this Trunk1/8/2014
  Q: I have checked for markings everywhere on this trunk including the locks and there is nothing that I ...
  A: KJ, This trunk is one of many styles made from the mid 1880's to the late 1890's. Most companies ...
Old Duluth Trunk1/6/2014
  Q: My wife has this old trunk that has a tag on it from the Duluth Trunk Factory With Joseph ...
  A: Rodney, I've seen trunks from that company with the same label and a few with other versions of ...
very old trunk1/5/2014
  Q: I know how family lore goes, so never took much stock in the story. I am, however, a proven direct ...
  A: Stephanie, Based on your overall description of the trunk and the pictures you provided I can say ...
replacement key for Eagle lock10/25/2013
  Q: Marvin, I am looking for a replacement key for an Eagle lock on an old truck passed down through ...
  A: Susan, It is still possible to find an old key for your lock. I've been collecting old trunk lock ...
Eagle Lock Company Trunk10/23/2013
  Q: I have an old Eagle Rock Company trunk and would like to find out more about it. I am attaching a ...
  A: Suzanne, Your trunk is almost certainly American made and from the time period of about 1910 to ...
Sea Chest Appraisal10/23/2013
  Q: I'm sending a few pictures of this old sea chest/trunk that's been in my possession for many years. ...
  A: Anne, First, let me say that this style trunk, originally called a Cross-Slatted trunk when it ...
trunk10/17/2013
  Q: i have a wardrobe trunk i just scored on at a yard sale. and i am trying to researh it a little bit ...
  A: Miranda, I get many questions about these trunks partly because many trunk companies made these ...
Neverbreak Trunk10/14/2013
  Q: I went picking and found a black, canvas from what I can tell, Neverbreak trunk. The canvas is ...
  A: Jen, Neverbreak trunks were a line of trunks made by L. Goldsmith & Son trunk company of Newark, ...
Trunk/luggage?10/12/2013
  Q: A friend who is renting an apartment in this old mansion house built in 1887, give me this trunk, ...
  A: This trunk is a true "steamer" style trunk made sometime from about 1920 to the 1940's. The trunk is ...
Restore/Stabalize/Salvage Original Lithographs?10/4/2013
  Q: I purchased a very good, solid camel/dome top steamer, with all the original insert/tray/boxes and ...
  A: Peter, Yes, you did find a very nice trunk with an excellent original interior, which is pretty ...
Antique trunk10/1/2013
  Q: I was wondering if you could tell me anything about this trunk including what it might be worth.
  A: Tracy, This style trunk was made in the United States by many trunk companies, from about 1890 to ...
1900 Drucker Trunk9/26/2013
  Q: I have a Drucker trunk made in 1900.It has the beauty and strength trademark seal on it with a ...
  A: Kathy, I believe I can help you but it would really help to have a couple pictures. Drucker, like ...
Haskell bros makers chicago trunk9/26/2013
  Q: I found a Haskell bros trunk with the number 5 on the locking mechanisms. I have searched for any ...
  A: Yes, this is certainly an antique Haskell Bros. trunk and not a reproduction. Haskell Bros. trunk ...
antique trunk with stars 1800's9/26/2013
  Q: I have a domed antique trunk with embossed stars on it. 28"l 16"w 17"h. The old lady I bought it ...
  A: It sounds like you have an American made trunk, but it is still possible that someone brought it ...
1800 victorian eagle lock steamer trunk9/23/2013
  Q: i just found this at our local dump and i took it home to try and find the origin, value, - the lock ...
  A: Anne, you're welcome. It was very common for the owner's initials or name to be printed or painted ...
Old trunk9/19/2013
  Q: I recovered this old trunk from an abandoned house. Can you tell me anything about it ? I think it ...
  A: You have an American made travel trunk made sometime from about 1905 to the early 1920's. It is a ...
Antique trunk9/15/2013
  Q: I was wanting to know history/age and general value of this trunk that I have. Picked up at a ...
  A: Lena, Your trunk was made by the Totty Trunk & Bag Company of Petersburg, VA and is one of several ...
Cedar chests9/10/2013
  Q: I have two cedar chests. One is made by the Seaburg Manufacturing Co in Jamestown NY. The other is ...
  A: Erika, You have two very nice old chests. There is some information available online about these ...
Trunk9/8/2013
  Q: I recently purchased a wooden trunk and I am trying to gather information about it such as age ...
  A: Jessica, The original names used for this style trunk were Cross Slat barrel top trunk and Round ...
Vintage Seward trunk9/7/2013
  Q: I found this beautiful trunk today at a local flea market and would love if you could give me a ...
  A: Jessica, From what I can see in your pictures you have a Seward wardrobe trunk called the ...
Antique Trunk9/6/2013
  Q: I am interested in learning about the history of this trunk and the approx value. It has E B. ...
  A: Diane, Your trunk is a style that was called a flat top cross slat trunk and these were made from ...
Headley & Farmer Antique Trunk9/1/2013
  Q: Hey my name is Kyle and I found this amazing trunk and was hoping you knew something about it. It's ...
  A: Kyle, Headley & Farmer made many styles of trunks from 1842 until about 1930. It's great that your ...
ellis island trunk8/29/2013
  Q: I have my parent's trunk that they brought from Poland/Germany (1950s) through Ellis Island. I was ...
  A: Angie, Would you be able to email a few pictures of the trunk and then I will see if there is ...
Steamer Trunk pat MAR16808/29/2013
  Q: In an auction, I bought a hump back steamer trunk ( I think that is what they call it)that had a pat ...
  A: Bill, The marking you found is really Pat. Mar.16,'80, for March 16, 1880. This was a patent ...
Vintage Trunk8/28/2013
  Q: Good day Mr Miller, I bought an antique steamer trunk at an estate sale in Revelstoke(BC), Canada ...
  A: Mathieu, Your flat top canvas covered trunk is a style made by many U.S. and Canadian trunk ...
Question about an Innovation Wardrobe trunk8/28/2013
  Q: I have an Innovation Wardrobe "hump topped" trunk from the early 1900's which has ten swing-out ...
  A: The patent for this particular wardrobe trunk feature was awarded in January 1929, so your trunk was ...
Corbin Cabinet Lock Co. Trunk8/27/2013
  Q: Marvin - I found this trunk in Door County Wisconsin up in Gills Rock. It belonged to the ...
  A: Matt, Your flat top, canvas covered trunk is a style that was made by many American trunk ...
Steamer trunk8/22/2013
  Q: I found this trunk and wanted to know if you knew who it was made by and Also a little history on ...
  A: Dawn, This style trunk was generally called a zinc covered round top trunk and is an American made ...
Albert Rosenhain Trunk Key8/20/2013
  Q: I saw the posting by Helen from earlier this month (I think). I have exactly the same issue -- same ...
  A: I didn't hear back from her if she was able to find a key or not. I can only give the same ...
Antique trunk8/15/2013
  Q: My grandmother gave me and old trunk and I cannot find any information on it. I would like to know ...
  A: Kayla, When these large flat top trunk were first made they were generally called Dress Trunks in ...
Steamer trunk history8/15/2013
  Q: Good day Mr Miller, I bought an antique steamer trunk at a thrift store in Quebec and I'd like to ...
  A: That's great that you found a Canadian made trunk with the label. Many trunks are found with no ...
antique trunk8/11/2013
  Q: Mr. Miller, I got your information from someone I know in the city we live in. I have an antique ...
  A: Greg and Karen, Your trunk made by John T. Barnum is a style that's a little harder to find than ...
trunk8/8/2013
  Q: Do you have any ida how much the trunk is worth?
  A: Usually these trunks in unrestored condition have a retail value of between about $150 to $200 now. ...
Steamer Trunk8/5/2013
  Q: I have an old steamer trunk that I got on Martha's Vineyard Island Mass. years ago and was wondering ...
  A: Laura, Your trunk is a style that was made from about 1910 until the mid 1920's with that type ...
Label identification8/2/2013
  Q: I just purchased what appears to be a Saratoga Steamer trunk but I'm having a hard time identifying ...
  A: Based on research I've done in the past, that trademark emblem with the alligator with a bag pulling ...
Old steamer trunk lock8/1/2013
  Q: I have an older steamer trunk. The lock has a horseshoe with an s inside it under that is a small ...
  A: Helen, I've seen those locks before and they were made in Europe and used on trunks from England, ...
Latest find7/30/2013
  Q: Came across this last week in the back of a barn. Is this what's known as a civil war trunk? The ...
  A: Steve, That's a nice find. Some people do refer to trunks of this style as Civil War trunks, ...
antique trunk7/27/2013
  Q: i have a trunk that says forby trunk factory omaha on it. could you tell me the a little about this ...
  A: Mariette, First let me say that there were many trunk companies across the U.S. and most cities ...
Wolverine Brand7/25/2013
  Q: I recently purchased an antique trunk from a barn sale in Northern Michigan and stumbled upon a ...
  A: Rachael, I currently do not have any specific information on the Wolverine Brand of trunks. But ...
old galvanized trunk7/14/2013
  Q: i came across this old trunk and cannot find any info on it. the inside is all galvanized. its flat ...
  A: I have studied, restored, and collected trunks for about 40 years now, and based on that background ...
Refinished trunk7/11/2013
  Q: Just adding the photos of the trunk I posted on 25 May after a clean up. I couldn't attach more ...
  A: Steve, That's a beautiful restoration job you've done and a great looking trunk. The trunk is an ...
Cass doll trunk7/10/2013
  Q: I have cass trunk (14x7x7 inches) from the 50's/60's. I would like to refurbish it for my 5 year old ...
  A: Sharon, Those Cass trunks were usually made of thin wood with paper covering inside and out. They ...
wardrobe trunk7/5/2013
  Q: Mr. Miller, I recently acquired an old wardrobe trunk with the label Judd's Luggage N.Y.C. (photo ...
  A: David, Thanks for adding the pictures. I've studied and saved names of trunk companies for almost ...
square steamer type trunk7/2/2013
  Q: Just thought the lable found inside may help date the trunk.Thanks again,Marvin.Sincerly Aggie
  A: Not really in this case because that is a typical label and was probably used for many years. Some ...
Small square steamer type trunk6/30/2013
  Q: I rescued a small square trunk that has hardware w/terryville Conn. usa dec.6 1892 patent date Eagle ...
  A: From about the 1860's through the 1920's many trunk companies made small square or nearly square ...
Value & history of old trunk6/21/2013
  Q: Going through my Uncle's estate we found this trunk & would like an idea of its worth. The size is ...
  A: Denise, In the late 1800's to early and mid 1900's there were many trunk companies across the ...
Vintage steamer trunk6/17/2013
  Q: My wife inherited some property recently from her father, and this trunk was with the rest of the ...
  A: Dave, The only Straub Trunk company that I have ever found information on was the Straub Trunk ...
Antique trunk6/11/2013
  Q: I won this trunk at an auction over the weekend and planned to strip it and paint it. As I inspected ...
  A: This is a very interesting question and trunk because it allows me to explain that some trunks were ...
Value of my fair condition neverbreak trunk6/9/2013
  Q: I have a Neverbreak Trunk in fair condition. Still has the registry plate in tact. I was trying to ...
  A: Joshua, Nearly all antique or vintage trunks have some value now, even if it's just for parts. ...
Flat Top Steamer Trunk?6/8/2013
  Q: My wife and I recently acquired this 34" Wide x 20" Deep x 22" Tall old trunk from a friend. ...
  A: Sean, First, the hardware on your trunk is all rather generic styles which were used by many trunk ...
Trunk6/5/2013
  Q: I recently just purchased a trunk and I would like to know a little about it. It says Eagle lock co ...
  A: Samantha, Eagle Lock Company was in Terryville, CT making many types of trunk locks from 1853 to ...
train cases6/3/2013
  Q: .. And can you believe i have never seen this site before... Like i said i have 2 of these one has ...
  A: Jen, The case I see in the picture is a small traveling case or possibly ladies cosmetics case ...
Trunk description5/25/2013
  Q: I just come across a high dome trunk with a lovely coat of grey paint and green wallpaper which I'm ...
  A: Sorry for the delay as I have been traveling for the Memorial day weekend, away from home. The slat ...
Vintage trunk - Rogers Trunk Corp5/14/2013
  Q: I acquired this trunk at an estate sale recently. I was attracted to it as it has the inside tray ...
  A: Bill, There were actually several large trunk companies in Petersburg, VA including Rogers and it ...
trunk5/13/2013
  Q: I am attaching 2 photos of a trunk from I think the 1930's. One photo is of the trunk, and the ...
  A: Maggie, Your canvas covered trunk could very well be older than you think. Many of these were made ...
I don't know what it is!5/9/2013
  Q: I am trying to find out if this piece is worth keeping, needs a lots of work, has lost most of its ...
  A: Monica, I'm pretty sure that this is a carved chest from India. I've seen a variety of them over ...
Trunk lock patent date4/29/2013
  Q: Good Afternoon Marvin, Thank you for your time. I have a flat top trunk with a Yale patent dated ...
  A: That's a great question which is more complex than most people think. Many parts for trunks, ...
Antique H&M Trunk4/25/2013
  Q: I have an old trunk that was willed to me by my great Uncle and was wondering what the value of it ...
  A: Deborah, After you write your question, there should be a place where it has "Attach an Image" ...
Green metal trunk4/22/2013
  Q: I have a green metal trunk with a lift out tray. On the lid theres an oval logo. "GENERAL ...
  A: I saw the pictures you sent. This is a footlocker type trunk made under government contract for the ...
Antique trunks4/21/2013
  Q: I have four antique trunks and I would to know when were they made by whom were they made and and ...
  A: The first trunk with gold metal is a Round Top Cross Slat style trunk, made sometime from about 1890 ...
old trunk from an auction4/21/2013
  Q: My husband went to an estate auction this morning and came home with an old trunk, we are hoping ...
  A: I can help you if you are able to send some pictures. If you have pictures taken and uploaded to ...
Vintage Trunk4/20/2013
  Q: Mr. Miller - Was just hoping you could tell me about this trunk I inherited. It has The Corbin Bros. ...
  A: This style trunk was usually called a Dress Trunk by the trunk makers and made of canvas over wood ...
barrel top trunks4/7/2013
  Q: i have this trunk and the only thing i can find is a paper label inside that reads ...
  A: There were hundreds of trunk manufacturers in the United States and even more trunk retail stores ...
Old Trunk4/6/2013
  Q: I have recently purchased this old trunk and would like to know if anyone can tell me anything about ...
  A: Your trunk was made in the U.S. sometime between about 1885 to 1900. This is a style called a Cross ...
trunk3/25/2013
  Q: Could you also give some info on this trunk. Thank you.
  A: Michael, This is a paper (imitation leather) covered trunk, usually called a Barrel Stave top trunk ...
trunk3/25/2013
  Q: Could you please give me some info on this trunk please. Age + value
  A: This flat top cross slat trunk is a style made across the U.S. from about 1900 to about 1915. Many ...
Antique chest.3/25/2013
  Q: I was hoping that you might be able to tell me what I have her and what it might be worth. Thank ...
  A: Michael, From the picture this appears to be an antique cedar chest. You can probably tell if this ...
trunk with Eagle Lock Company lock3/18/2013
  Q: I have a trunk and I'm not sure how old it is or if it has any value. I was wondering if you could ...
  A: Janet, Your trunk is a style that was made by several trunk companies from the 1930's to the early ...
miniture chest/trunk 13/16/2013
  Q: I bought this at a rummage sale yesterday for $4. The chest is lined in velvet followed by wood and ...
  A: John, That is a very interesting miniature chest you have and I expect you got a very good buy on ...
Sample trunk3/13/2013
  Q: I was wondering the value of my trunk. I have recently sent you photos. Also if my trunk could be ...
  A: Anna, First a little history on sample trunks. You have a sample trunk that was made for a ...
1800s cedar blanket chest3/8/2013
  Q: I'm looking for a value for my cedar chest. Handmade in Jonesboro, TN sometime in the early 1800s. ...
  A: That is a very nice looking cedar chest and it's great that you have something that nice made by ...
indian metal trunk2/26/2013
  Q: I have a large metal trunk, of which I'm hoping you might know something about. there is a red ...
  A: While I don't have very much information specifically on trunk makers of India, I have seen a few ...
Augusta Trunk Factory2/25/2013
  Q: I recently got an old trunk that was made by the Augusta Trunk Factory in GA. All I can find on ...
  A: Kelly, I've had and seen a variety of trunks made by the Augusta Trunk Factory over the last 20 ...
old trunk2/22/2013
  Q: We recently purhased a 1940's cottage with an attic full of stuff, including this trunk. The ...
  A: That's a pretty nice attic find. This is a canvas covered flat top wooden travel trunk, a style that ...
Steamer clothing trunk2/12/2013
  Q: I have a steamer trunk it has drawers on one side and hangers on the other is title a never break ...
  A: Mike, I get more questions about these trunks than most others partly because many families still ...
Unique lock on antique trunk2/11/2013
  Q: Marvin- I have a large flat top trunk with a unique brass lock scribed with swirls. The lock has a ...
  A: The brass lock on your trunk is a style that was patented by Eagle Lock Co. in 1892. But then the ...
Trunk2/10/2013
  Q: I hope you can tell me more about the trunk I have for several years. The story, I was told is that ...
  A: Elke, Henry Likly was established in 1844, but began making the wardrobe trunks around 1900 and by ...
flat steamer trunk2/9/2013
  Q: I have a flat steamer trunk with Eagle lock Co. Terryville conn. 8441 printed on the lock.Whats it ...
  A: Eric, The number on the lock is the key code and with that you can find a replacement key for the ...
Old embossed trunk2/5/2013
  Q: I inherited this black embossed trunk from my Grandpa. He said it was his mother's. I want to know ...
  A: Tanya, This trunk was a very popular style of the mid 1880's to about 1915. It was called a Cross ...
price range2/3/2013
  Q: love chest lane serial no 2085110/ stamped moth protected style no 463810 lane company dept. ...
  A: Wanda, You may also want to send this question to someone who specializes in antique and vintage ...
eagle lock co trunk1/21/2013
  Q: I recently purchased this trunk at an auction and wanted to know if you could help me identify what ...
  A: I can probably help you with some information if you can send a couple pictures of the trunk. Eagle ...
Violin case1/20/2013
  Q: I bought a violin that came in this case. The previous owner bought the violin in 1933 in Boston. ...
  A: The lock and latches from Eagle Lock company are brass and a style they made from about 1920 to ...
suitcase c1940's ?1/20/2013
  Q: Miller, I have an older "tweed,brn/yellow(4)striped,leather handled,hard shell suitcase" I'm ...
  A: Tom, Yes, I also believe your suitcase was made from about 1940 to the 1950's. Striped designs and ...
Trunk1/15/2013
  Q: Here are some photos of the trunk I recently enquirer about Thanks so much for your feedback! ...
  A: Sandra, It's a nice looking trunk. I can see from the pictures that it was a canvas covered trunk. ...
trunck1/14/2013
  Q: I found this trunk in a old house. It has S. Levy Trunks Memphis Tenn. on the lock just wanting to ...
  A: Soloman Levy was a trunk maker in Memphis from the late 1860's to the late 1890's. He was originally ...
ca malm & co wardrobe truck1/14/2013
  Q: i was given this trunk by a friend and I have only little information based on my own Google ...
  A: The wardrobe trunk you have fits the general description of those made by many trunk companies ...
Militrary WWII footlocker1/14/2013
  Q: I have my dad's. It has Eagle Lock co. CN lock, I need a key. It has National Vulcanized Fibre Co ...
  A: There were different types of Eagle locks used on those footlockers, some with barrel keys and some ...
old trunk1/9/2013
  Q: I recently purchased an old flat top trunk. It's beautiful and looks like it's original. It is ...
  A: Your trunk was originally covered with canvas based on what you have told me. If I could see ...
Old Trunk makers1/4/2013
  Q: I am looking for info on a Henry D. Moore. He made trunks around 1880. He was issued a patent in ...
  A: Richard, Henry D. Moore made trunks in Brooklyn, NY in the 1870's to 1890's based on the little ...
antique jewelry box4/3/2012
  Q: Can you tell me if this jewelry box is an antique?
  A: some items of that type, especially the oriental items are very hard to determine the age based on a ...
antique trunk/hat box3/12/2012
  Q: Mr. Miller: I purchased a trunk approx. 60 yrs. ago and at that time it was very old. I wonder if ...
  A: Norm, Your cube shaped trunk was most likely made as a hat trunk and is most likely a French made ...
antique trunk3/8/2012
  Q: What can you tell me about this trunk that belonged to my 2x great aunt who lived in Pottsville PA ...
  A: Katherine, I would say that if your great aunt bought this trunk new, that she would have been ...
Moran Brothers Trunk3/4/2012
  Q: Cannot locate this company to get an evaluation of an old trunk I recently acquired and trying to ...
  A: While I have not heard of Moran Bros. trunk company until now, I can tell you that based on my 40 ...
Antique Trunk3/3/2012
  Q: I was wondering what era this is from. It doesn't have the straps on it but is otherwise in good ...
  A: Your trunk is an American made trunk from the period of about 1898 to about 1920. It appears that ...
Geo. S. Haines Trunk / Eagle lock2/29/2012
  Q: Mr. Miller, We have a Geo. S. Haines flat top steamer trunk with an Eagle lock with a patent date ...
  A: that is a great question which can help many people in determining the approximate age of their ...
Old Trunk2/24/2012
  Q: I have a old trunk its a flat top the name on it is Headley and Farmer date 1842 and says New York. ...
  A: Sheryl, Headley and Farmer was established in 1842 but most of the trunks found with their labels ...
trunk2/10/2012
  Q: I have a small brass trunk, can you tell me anything about it?
  A: based on the one picture I can see, this doesn't look to be so small. But unfortunately I cannot ...
Eagle Lock Co, Terryville2/1/2012
  Q: ! i recently aquired this suitcase that is unmarked, but has locks from Eagle Lock Co, Terryville ...
  A: Yes, photos would help a lot. Eagle Lock Co was in business from about 1854 to 1955 and made a wide ...
date it was made and value of it1/31/2012
  Q: i have a old ed roos cedar chest where can i find the date it was made and how can i find out how ...
  A: Janet, Unfortunately there is not an easy or simple answer to your question. There is a great ...
I found an antique trunk1/31/2012
  Q: I found an antique trunk that said S Levy maker memphis tennessee patented july,26 1898 ...
  A: Kathyleen, There is not much information available about many early trunk companies such as Levy ...
Camelback Trunk1/27/2012
  Q: Marvin, I just read about the crystallized tin covered trunk. The back of our trunk is in good shape ...
  A: Stan, There were a few patents for the combined corner stay and hinge, and most trunks with those ...
Family Trunk.....1/24/2012
  Q: As a child, I remember an old trunk that sat in one of my grandpa's side rooms....it fascinated me ...
  A: Jody, that's wonderful that you will get to keep a trunk that was in your family and then pass it ...
antique childs school desk1/23/2012
  Q: I rec'd this desk, been outside in the weather for years. I am in process of refinishing it. Would ...
  A: Tom, I am old enough to remember sitting in a few of the old school desks similar to what you ...
Trunk restoration1/19/2012
  Q: I am working on restoring an old trunk purchased at a yard sale for $10.00. The finish on the trunk ...
  A: Monica, That is a very good question and for many years most people have known very little about ...
Ocean Liner Labels on Trunk1/15/2012
  Q: My wife has a small suitcase about the size of a long hat box. I suspect it is from the 1920's? It ...
  A: Joe, There have been collectors of old suit cases, hat boxes, and trunks for quite some time, but ...
1930's trunk1/8/2012
  Q: hi im thinking of buyingthis from a guy in my city says its a 1930's trunk he wants $150 for it and ...
  A: J.J. First, I have to say that it is difficult to tell very much from the picture provided as the ...
Saratogo Trunk I wish to sell1/5/2012
  Q: I hope you can help me. I have a Saragoto dome top trunk I brought over from the UK 7 years ago ...
  A: Rob, I don't get many questions from New Zealand, actually I believe you're the first. This trunk ...
Old Trunk12/19/2011
  Q: I just picked up this old trunk for $30CAD and the only clues I have found so far about its age, and ...
  A: Irina, I think you got a good buy on your trunk. This style trunk was usually called a Monitor ...
steamer trunk12/7/2011
  Q: I found a trunk left out for the trash and wanted to restore it. I have no information on it and i ...
  A: Vincent, That's a great find, and certainly a restorable antique trunk which can be beautiful when ...
old trunk12/6/2011
  Q: I have this old trunk and on the inside is a portrait of a female and it has four different sections ...
  A: Bonnie, It certainly sounds like it could be antique because many trunks of the 1800's and early ...
dome top trunk12/4/2011
  Q: I received this trunk as a gift from a friend, who aquired it from the slim princess railroad line ...
  A: Krissy, Based on my study of trunk parts patents, old trunk maker's catalogs, and other sources, I ...
Eagle Lock Co trunk12/1/2011
  Q: I have a very old trunk that says Eagle Lock Co USA Terryville Est. On the lock. I don't see a ...
  A: Karen, Eagle Lock Company was one of about a dozen lock companies that made trunk locks of various ...
Neverbreak Trunk11/21/2011
  Q: Recently purchased an old trunk at an auction - did not realize what it was until we opened it up - ...
  A: Janice, The trunk you have is called a Wardrobe trunk and these were very popular and made by many ...
lane cedar chest11/18/2011
  Q: can you tell me about a lane cedar chest dated Dec 1954. serial # 452270 style # 2933-e If there is ...
  A: Nancy, Lane made a variety of models of cedar chests over many years. Your Lane chest from 1954 ...
Trunks11/7/2011
  Q: I was recently given two trunks and would like to know what they are worth because I don't know ...
  A: Based on the style and hardware, these trunks were probably made in 1940's, or the 1930's at the ...
antique trunks11/5/2011
  Q: i have an old trunk. Its manafactured by goldsmith & sons, neverbreak. It has a metal ...
  A: Misty, Goldsmith & Son had a large trunk factory in Newark, NJ and they named a line of their ...
trunk restoration11/3/2011
  Q: I have two steamer trunks that I would like to have restored. Could you perhaps recommend someone. ...
  A: If you would like to email a couple pictures of your trunks I would be better able to advise you ...
company name10/26/2011
  Q: I do not have a picture of this trunk but my Mother-in-law has a trunk she wants to get rid of and I ...
  A: The HR & Co was Henry Runcie & Company of Buffalo, NY. The company was established in 1838 and was ...
pyro art military wood chest10/16/2011
  Q: We have a very nice chest that is painted blue/green & on the interior of the lid has some stunning ...
  A: Jill, That is very interesting with the folk art interior. This is only my own guess, but I think ...
Vintage Paramount Suitcase10/11/2011
  Q: I'd like to start off by thanking you in advance for volunteering your expertise on this wonderful ...
  A: Jennifer, While this is not extremely old, probably from the 1940's to 1950's era, they are ...
Antique flat top trunk10/1/2011
  Q: I recently purchased a beautiful old flat top trunk with a Corbin, New Britain, CT lock on the ...
  A: Bonnie, The Corbin Cabinet Lock Company made trunk locks of several styles that were sold to trunk ...
old trunk9/21/2011
  Q: I got this at a yard sale. I am curious about its history and value.
  A: Beth, Based on what I can see from the picture, I can tell this trunk was made sometime between ...
trunk9/20/2011
  Q: this is another trunk i purchased at a yard sale..i think i got a good deal at 20.00 can u tell me ...
  A: Valerie, This short and wide style trunk is what the trunk makers called Steamer Trunks, State ...
trunks9/20/2011
  Q: i purchased these trunks and i am just wondering if u could give me an approx. date that they were ...
  A: Based on the style of the hardware and lock, I can say that the trunk was made from the mid 1890's ...
military footlocker9/17/2011
  Q: I have a wooden footlocker and am seeking a value. It is about three feet long, 1 foot high and 1 ...
  A: Francine, based on your description it is hard to know exactly how old this item may be and that ...
Flat Top Oak Trunk9/17/2011
  Q: Mr. Miller, I pulled this trunk out of the garbage about 10 years ago, and have been using it as a ...
  A: Alex, That's a very interesting chest that you found. It looks like it would make a great coffee ...
Old baggage9/15/2011
  Q: Was hoping that you could help me. I now own these trunks and know nothing about them. I will give ...
  A: Tyler, Since I specialize in antique trunks from around 1800 to the early 1900's I don't really ...
help identifying chest/trunk9/14/2011
  Q: Can you help me? I can't find any info (name, type, age, value) of this chest. The tray and ...
  A: first please understand that it is difficult to tell a lot of information about any antique based on ...
black barrel shaped traveling case for sewing items [I assume]9/11/2011
  Q: Miller, Can you give me any information about this case? It is barrel shaped with little feet. It ...
  A: Pat, There were many types of small traveling cases made by a variety of companies and from the ...
trunk lock9/11/2011
  Q: I have just refinished an antique trunk (manufacture - Totty, Petersburg, VA, early 1900s) with a ...
  A: Richard, Corbin and other lock makers made a large variety of trunk locks for trunk makers. While ...
trunk9/8/2011
  Q: I recieved this trunk for free..and refinished it and really like the piece..could u give me a ...
  A: Valerie, Based on what I can see of your flat top trunk I would say it was made sometime between ...
Trunk9/6/2011
  Q: You were so great when you gave me the answers about my Saratoga toy chest!!! I am sending you a ...
  A: Rebecca, I can tell you that the trunk is a flat top version of the cross slat trunk style ...
antique trunk??8/27/2011
  Q: we have recently inherited an old trunk that has an Eagle Lock co. lock on it but the lock looks ...
  A: Eagle Lock Company in Terryville, CT made many types of trunk locks from the 1850s through the mid ...
Old trunk8/10/2011
  Q: I just bought an old trunk, and I was wondering where it is from, and how old it may be. The ...
  A: Petra, This type of trunk was designed and patented by Charles Taylor in Chicago in 1880. It was ...
steamer trunks8/4/2011
  Q: Recently I acquired a wardrobe steamer trunk made by C H Landers company of Boston ,Mass. and am ...
  A: Carol, I do not have any information on a Landers trunk company of Boston. Is there a label or name ...
Antique domed trunk with inset lock stamped Terryville Conn Eagle Lock7/31/2011
  Q: I have an old antique steamer trunk, with two internal insets (complete) and the lock is stamped ...
  A: Your trunk is a style that was made mostly between the years of about 1890 to the 1920's. The ...
antique steamer trunk-Denmark7/27/2011
  Q: This steamer trunk came over from Horens,Denmark with my great-grandparents, probably around 1890's. ...
  A: Your trunk is a style that was made from the 1890's through about 1915 with that type of hardware ...
Saks Wardrobe7/26/2011
  Q: Can you please give me any info on this antique wardrobe. It has a metal tag that reads: Saks ...
  A: Jill, Saks sold a variety of wardrobe trunks made by a few different trunk companies. These were ...
Pistol Case - Duel Pistols7/21/2011
  Q: I found an old wooden box that appears to be a dueling pistol case. It has no markings other than B ...
  A: Victoria, In this instance it would help very much to have a couple pictures, especially showing ...
property brass tag7/19/2011
  Q: I have found a property tag that is either brass or bronze that reads " Property Wild Bills Wild ...
  A: Brian, While I have never personally seen or heard of a property tag of that type, I do believe it ...
Antique Trunks7/13/2011
  Q: I just recently stumbled across a gorgeous flat-top trunk with a Grecian(with dots)embossed pattern. ...
  A: your trunk is a style that was made by many trunk companies around the U.S. mostly from the mid ...
2nd picture of doll trunk7/13/2011
  Q: Miller, Here is the picture from the interior of the trunk. I sent yo a picture of the exterior a ...
  A: Rebecca, Your little trunk is a very nice and complete example of a Toy trunk, or sometimes called ...
Eagle Lock Trunk7/9/2011
  Q: I have a Eagle Lock Trunk , and know nothing about it , could you possibly be able to tell me what ...
  A: James, If you send a picture or two of the exterior I can tell much more. The interior is ...
Antique luggage7/9/2011
  Q: Mr. Miller: I would like help in the identification of a matching set of luggage that belonged to my ...
  A: I have tried to do a little research on my own about this luggage, but I have not been able to find ...
HOW TO RESEARCH?7/7/2011
  Q: I havea large camelback trunk. Metal embossed (wildflower?)in a black and or marron kind of tone, ...
  A: Jill, The picture of your trunk did not show up for some reason. Also, even though you may have ...
Antique Trunk6/29/2011
  Q: Miller, I acquired this HUGE antique trunk that I need some expert help in identifying. The ...
  A: Cindy, Your trunk is really what most experts in antiques would call an immigrants chest. This was ...
Antique Steamer Trunk6/27/2011
  Q: Good Morning! I have an antique steamer trunk that is in excellent condition for it's age. It still ...
  A: Jill, Your trunk is in very good condition and is a quite large trunk. It is a style that was ...
key to coin box6/24/2011
  Q: good morning marvin, i have a glasco coke machine model #30000 serial #14288, but i have lost the ...
  A: I know someone who has a very large collection of old keys, mostly for trunks but also for other ...
Traveling Trunk6/22/2011
  Q: This trunk was given to my mom by my dad's mother around the mid 1950's when they moved from ...
  A: I have specialized in trunks for about 40 years now. Based on the picture of the top that is ...
eagle lock co trunk6/18/2011
  Q: I have 2 trunks, they say on the lock eagle lock co , with a number 2441 on it,I have a duel ...
  A: Megan, Eagle lock company made many styles of trunk locks starting around 1853 and ending in the ...
old wooden trunk6/11/2011
  Q: ...I am in possession of an old wooden trunk. I think it is a Naval or other brand of the Military ...
  A: This sounds like one of several types of military footlockers that were made by many companies on ...
Cass Doll suitcase6/7/2011
  Q: I have a red and green plaid doll suitcase with black trim and brass fittings with the label ...
  A: Kathy, I've restored, collected, bought and sold trunks and toy or doll trunks for about 40 years ...
James S Topham trunk6/6/2011
  Q: We have found an old trunk that has a plate on the lid of the trunk that says James S Topham Trunks ...
  A: James Topham made a variety of styles of trunks for quite a few years. Would it be possible for you ...
Cedar Chest6/6/2011
  Q: it is me again. I looked inside that last cedar chest that you were not sure about and found a stamp ...
  A: Yes, I thought that other chest looked like something made in the U.S. in the 1920's to 30's but ...
Old Trunks Worth6/5/2011
  Q: I inherited my parents estate and they had both of their parents estate and their grand parents ...
  A: I collect, restore, sell, and research antique trunks of all types. This flat top trunk is from ...
Old Trunk5/13/2011
  Q: I have my great grandfather's trunk that he came over from Scotland to Ellis Island with. It is not ...
  A: The basic answer to your question is maybe. That is because like most old items or antiques there ...

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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.

Organizations
Association of American Antique Trunk Restorers, President.

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

Education/Credentials
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.

Past/Present Clients
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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