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T127 - Jenny Lind Trunk 1850's - SOLD 01/2017

$695.00

Size: approximately 28" Wide, 18 1/2" Tall, 18 1/2" front to back.

This is a beautiful Jenny Lind style trunk made by Henry P. Willis of New Bedford, Massachusetts. This one was made in the 1850's based on the hardware style and history of Henry Willis. These uniquely shaped trunks were first made in the United States in the late 1840's gold rush period and then in the early 1850's they picked up their current name from Jenny Lind, the famous Swedish singer, who toured America from 1850 to 1852 with P.T. Barnum. Some were called "gold rush" or "stagecoach trunks" until the Jenny Lind name caught on (because she had been given one while in the U.S. and used it on her tour). These are very hard to find with such a figure eight rounded shape as this one, especially in excellent condition! The original label is preserved in the trunk, which shows Henry P. Willis, manufacturer, New Bedford, maker of Saddles, Harnesses, Bridles, Whips, etc., with small pictures of trunks and saddles. This is a well made trunk with four iron bands going completely around the trunk, attached with many large brass head nails (buttons) and two iron bands up each side. The iron and brass lock is stamped "V. R. Patent", which means it was an English made lock during the reign of Queen Victoria. My research revealed that English made locks were used on most American made trunks until the mid 1850's because there were very few American trunk lock makers at that time. Eagle Lock Company started in 1854 and then started supplying trunk locks to some trunk makers in America. All 96 of the large brass buttons are original, which is amazing! Of course there are minor imperfections and normal age wear as should be expected on any trunk over 150 years old. The iron hinges are original and still very strong. The lock is complete and has the hasp but no key. The trunk body is all thick wood which has been hand finished, very smooth. The interior was carefully cleaned out and relined with fabric. A replacement solid wood tray was made. The thick leather handles are both original and attached with the large brass buttons. The bottom is very solid wood and clean, with two slats. A fabulous piece of American history! . For many years I have specialized in the early American made trunks including the famous Jenny Lind style which originated in the United States. I have also written a detailed article on the history of these trunks, which is available on the Research Page. If you have any questions please contact me at Marvin@ThisOldTrunk .

Henry P. Willis was born in 1797 and was a trunk and saddle maker in New Bedford from 1838 until about 1860. He died in 1868 at the age of 71. Very few examples of his trunks have been found.

Price: $695 plus $50 shipping within the United States by FedEx Ground, or personal delivery to certain areas. Or save the shipping cost and pick this beauty up in central Indiana.

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