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T103 - Rare French Design Winship Trunk - SOLD 08/2017

Size: 38" wide, 13" tall (about 20" tall on stand), 21" front to back

A very rare and unique flat top trunk of the 1890's from the W. W. Winship company of Boston. A true "steamer trunk" which has beautifully woven thick canvas in a design first made by Louis Vuitton of Paris in 1888, which they called the Damier pattern. (L.V. patented the design in France but it couldn't keep the Winship company from making it in America.) This trunk is in excellent original condition with all the hardware, working solid brass lock and key, and interior tray! It has been carefully cleaned and reconditioned to preserve all the special features and the two Winship labels. The embossed brass label on top has the W.W. Winship name and an eagle with "Traveling Goods". You can also see the special design of the woven canvas covering (see picture). A very well made and sturdy trunk with solid brass corner hardware and braces, two heavy iron latches, steel edge braces, rawhide edge bindings, and hardwood slats. Only the highest quality trunks were made with solid brass hardware and rawhide bindings. The brass lock is marked "Eagle Lock Co. Terryville, Conn." and has the original barrel key. The side leather handles have been replaced with the original style made of thick stitched leather. There are four steel hinges and two of them are special "lid stay hinges" which were patented in 1887. The trunk does have some minor signs of age and use as expected on any trunk over 120 years old! The interior of the trunk was cleaned and relined, including the tray with it's hat compartment, while preserving the original red Winship label in the lid.(see pictures for the details of the printed cloth lining and original label). The canvas covered bottom was also cleaned and is in great condition with wood slats and brass corner hardware. The original owner initials are hand painted on each end, "C.W.Y. Boston USA". This was a common practice of the time by the trunk sellers. This is a very high quality trunk and actually much rarer than the similar Louis Vuitton trunks which sell for several times this price. I've only seen two Winship trunks of this style in over 40 years.... but I've seen dozens of L.V. Damier trunks, so you be the judge about the rarity.

A special solid wood stand with turned legs has been custom made for this trunk, which is not attached to the trunk, but fits between the trunks' bottom slats. It raises the trunk to about 20" which is a great height for a coffee table. You could also have a glass top made with smooth edges if desired, or use it without glass. The canvas on the trunk does have a water resistant coating, which is the way they were made. A very rare and collectible trunk that would be a wonderful and functional conversation piece

W.W.Winship History:
William Wallace Winship was born in Boston in 1833. (His grandfather was one of the "minutemen" who fought the British at Lexington at the start of the Revolutionary war.) At the age of 15, William began working for his older brother, Henry A. Winship, who had already started his own harness and trunk business. In 1860 William decided to begin his own trunk and leather business. From 1861 to 1873 he partnered with Samuel Easter and the business was the Easter & Winship Trunk Company, which also helped outfit Union soldiers during the Civil War. In 1874 William and Samuel parted ways and the W.W. Winship company continued for many years. The company grew and became very successful. They also bought out the H.C. Faber trunk factories in Utica, New York around 1912. So you can find some large sample trunks and wardrobe trunks made in Utica with the W.W.Winship label on them. William W. Winship died in 1919, after 70 years in the trunk business, but the company continued to make trunks into the 1930's.

All my trunks are kept in a smoke and pet free environment. Please email Marvin@ThisOldTrunk.com if you have any questions.

This includes the trunk with tray and wooden stand. Shipping to other countries with FedEx International shipping rates; email for shipping quote. If you prefer to pick it up yourself in central Indiana you can save the shipping cost.

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