Dating antique trunks
In the late s and early s round trunks became popular. Solid brass hardware on trunks is actually fairly rare to find and was only used on high grade items. The Saratoga Trunk evolved into a very large, round top style with fancy trim, covered in either leather, canvas, or metal. Wardrobe trunks generally must be stood on end to be opened and have drawers on one side and hangers for clothes on the other.
They were lined with a printed paper or often old newspapers. Most trunk sellers claim the trunks they are selling have Oak slats for two reasons. Leather handles have been replaced like the originals. He has recently stated that he is still doing antique trunk appraisals.
These were made in flat top and rounded top styles. The inner lid storage compartment had a fold down door, with the original red leather keepsake pocket on it. These are the properties of Pine, and Basswood, which were the woods used overwhelmingly on trunk bodies. To a Victorian, this would show the complexity of the trunk and astuteness of the malletier, and was an indication of wealth to any purchaser. The finish looks like crystals in the metal, and these were colored with lacquer.
Many of these Civil War Trunks were also banded with metal. However, the wood from over a hundred years old has a wonderful petina when refinished. At first read this story sounds like it makes sense.
The interior was carefully cleaned out and relined with a nice old fashion toile fabric. They sometimes were made with a small brass handle on top and were made in many sizes.
Too many people assume that all slats on trunks were made of Oak. These trunks date from ss, although there are a few shops still manufacturing them today. Their Osilite trunk was used by such famous customers as T. In good condition these are comparatively sought-after trunks for a specialty type, although are in the middling range when it comes to price.
Of coarse this was all done before the metal was on the trunk. This is very helpful in dating a trunk.
They are not only the most common trunks referred to as antique, but also are among the most popular. They originally got their name from ladies needing large trunks to hold lots of clothing, hats, etc. They were so popular that the style continued until the s in many sizes and varieties, including doll trunks. It is believed that the round tops were made for those who wanted to try to have their trunk packed on the top of baggage cars, so they would not be damaged.
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