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T120 - Mini Original Jenny Lind Doll Trunk - SOLD 12/2021


Size: 10" Wide, 7" Tall, 7" front to back.

A truly miniature Jenny Lind doll trunk of the 1860's to early 1870's. These are extremely hard to find, especially this small and complete! It has the distinctive Jenny Lind style shape. This one has all the original brass tacks, complete lock with brass lock plate (no key), original leather handles and metal handle holders, front buckles, bottom metal rollers, interior tray, and some of the red and gold paper covering. The trunk and the interior have been left in their "as found" condition with no restoration as some collectors prefer them this way. It is very interesting as-is, but you can decide if you want to do any restorations yourself. Perfect for display with your fashion dolls or miniature trunk collection, as a special jewelry box, or a great conversation display piece! A true piece of American history related to the Swedish singer Jenny Lind. These were made following her extremely popular U.S. tour in 1850 to 1852. Many items were named after her in the following years and she remained very popular until her death. The trunk is made of solid pine and covered with the special printed paper covering. A great collectible piece!

Many people also call the small trunks such as this a "salesman's sample" but there is really no evidence that these were used that way. In fact, some early trunk catalogs also show "toy trunks" for children and there was really no need for a trunk such as this as a sample because they sold their trunks locally during this time period and did not need traveling salesmen. Later when traveling salesmen were hauling samples of all types around the country, they would have had their own full size "sample trunk" as well as printed catalogs to show the buyers the various models. A simply made miniature would not typically show anyone the details of the larger trunks and special patented hardware. So, be aware that the small toy trunks being listed on places like ebay as a "rare salesman's sample" probably are not, and are almost always an actual child's toy trunk.

Please email me at Marvin@ThisOldTrunk.com if you have any questions

Price: $175 plus $15 shipping within the United States. Will ship to other countries for additional shipping rate.

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