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T107 - Civil War Period Hand Trunk - SOLD 06/2018


Size: 16" wide, 17 1/2" tall, 16" deep.

This old trunk is a beautiful example of the small hand trunks, bonnet or hat trunks of the late 1850's to 1860's. These small cube shaped trunks were typically made to carry special ladies bonnets or even 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 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 has the working lock and fancy barrel key (see pictures). The copper and brass head nails, brass lock plate, iron banding, and small iron hinges are all original. The lock on this trunk is an amazing rare style, with a cast brass keyhole cover designed like a hot air balloon and gondola! I've never had another trunk with this style lock in over 40 years of restoration, so yes, it's quite rare. The iron barrel key has a special fancy shaped bow. The top handle has been replaced in the original style with stitched leather. The front leather tie-down straps have also been remade exactly like the originals using the original buckles. The wood is solid and hand finished with tung oil finish for a beautiful antique satin finish. The trunk is in wonderful condition! The interior was carefully cleaned and preserved, with the special letter pocket, fancy red paper trim, and a fold down lid compartment. There is a wonderful small label in the lid from Samuel Hunt of Baltimore, who made a variety of items including trunks and saddles. The label has a small picture of a Jenny Lind trunk (1850's to 1860's). One of the most beautiful and rare small trunks I have had from this period, a true collector's piece! Please email if you have any questions.

Price: $575 plus $35 shipping in the United States, by FedEx Ground. Personal delivery available to some areas and pick up is always an option too.

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