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T110 - Rare Excelsior Oak Slat Trunk, Tray & Key! - SOLD 01/2015


Size: 30" wide, 23" tall, 18" deep. Rare size to find in the oak slat trunks!

This is a high quality "Excelsior Patent" oak slat trunk which was designed in 1868. It has the original unique marking "Patented Excelsior Jan. 7, 1868" stamped twice into the wood under the lock. You can see them in the close up picture below the brass lock. In excellent restored condition, complete with working solid brass lock marked "Eagle Lock Co. Terryville Conn." with original barrel key, interior wooden tray, original bottom slats and rollers, working large front latches, and all original wood and hardware! This is a fine example of the Excelsior patent trunks and based on the hardware and style this one was made about 1880 to 1885. These unique trunks are made with solid oak slats attached to a thick pine body, which you can see in the pictures. They are quite strong, heavy, and well made. This trunk has a nicely rounded barrel top with extra strong slat clamps and braces. The wooden tray is a replacement made of solid wood. The lid compartment pieces are all original. In their time these large round top trunks were called Barrel Top or Saratoga trunks. Many hours went into carefully cleaning, inside and out and finishing with the highest quality satin tung oil finish, to last another 130 years or more! The final finish was hand rubbed for a very smooth finish, which is also waterproof. I never coat trunks in polyurethane or spar varnish, which yellows with age. Custom made thick stitched leather handles were installed with the original holders. The bottom of the trunk is in excellent condition, also cleaned, repainted and finished. The interior has beautiful wood which also has a very smooth finish. There is a great Victorian chromolithograph, original envelope pocket for cards and papers, and colorful Victorian trim. The brass lock was polished and works well. Of course there are the expected minor signs of age and use on a trunk this age. A copy of the 1868 patent office documents for the trunk will be included for the new owner! I've done extensive research on trunk history and the patents so that I can provide the true historical information on my trunks. A truly beautiful and impressive trunk which is a real conversation piece and collectible antique. The wood grain on the trunk is quite beautiful. This is a great size, not being so large since most of these were made from 34 to 36 inches wide. I've never had another one like this in the 30 inch size. These trunks were much more expensive to make, were made in very limited quantities compared to other trunks, therefore they are much harder to find, especially in such great condition! If it weren't for the internet many people would never even see a trunk of this style. These trunks were designed to be the strongest trunks ever made and beautiful enough to be used as a piece of furniture. They are much rarer than the more expensive Louis Vuitton trunks. Happy Holidays !

Price: $2795 plus $140 for shipping or delivery within the continental U.S. by FedEx Ground. NO international shipping on this trunk. Personal delivery may be arranged in the Midwest and some other areas, or pickup by appointment. Layaway plan is available on any trunk over $600. Please email Marvin@ThisOldTrunk.com for details or if you have any questions or would like more pictures.

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