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T100 - 1850's Scottish Hand Trunk - SOLD 06/2023


Size: approx. 19" wide, 18 1/2" tall, 14 1/2" deep.

This old trunk is a beautiful example of the small hand trunks of the 1840's to 1860's. (Sometimes called half trunks) These small cube shaped trunks were typically made to carry small items such as ladies bonnets or men's top hats, gloves, scarves, and other small items. Wealthier folks at the time would usually travel with several trunks, not just one. This is actually the first trunk I've had that was made in Scotland! This size continued to be made into the early 1900's by many trunk makers including Louis Vuitton. I don't get this rare type very often and this one is probably the oldest. The brass tacks, brass lockplate, iron trim, and small iron hinges are all original. There are three handmade kidney shaped iron handles on this trunk, which is rare. The black leather covering is original and has been treated with leather preservative. There is iron metal trim on the edges. The interior has original printed paper covering except the bottom which is natural wood. See the amazing label in the lid from the maker, Robert Ballantine, a Saddler and Trunk Maker from Glasgow! It shows his address and the various items he made including traveling trunks, military equipment, hunting saddles, whips, spurs, etc.! There are two tie-down straps in the base of the trunk. The bottom of the trunk has wood slats with some worn metal covering. The trunk is in nice overall condition! A very rare small trunk from this period and a true collector's piece!

Price: $650 plus $45 shipping in the United States, by FedEx Ground. Personal delivery available to some areas and pick up is an option too to save the shipping cost. Please contact me by email if you need more information. Payment by personal check, cash on pick up, or with PayPal through the secure check out system.

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