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T100 - Rare Gold Rush Stagecoach Trunk, Ca. 1840's

$649.00

Size: 28" Wide, 14" Tall, 17" Front to back at the base.

This trunk is a very rare and unusual style of the late 1840's. Often called a stagecoach trunk and from the gold rush period, which is the story as to why they started putting the brass "buttons" on the iron banding to resemble large gold nuggets! View the pictures to see the unique shape which is somewhat like the Jenny Lind style of the 1850's to 60's, but different than any I have ever seen. The trunk has four iron bands completely around the body and on the sides for strength. The brass buttons on the top and front are solid brass and pre-date the later machine made buttons used in the 1860's to 70's. The base is a little wider than the top so it is very stable. The wood is very thick (an inch thick on the sides) and strong. The leather hinges, lid lifter, and handles have been replaced in the original style. The handmade lock is iron and brass and marked with "Patent VR" and a crown emblem. That is because prior to the mid 1850's there were very few trunk locks made in the United States so trunk makers used locks imported from England. VR (Victoria Regina) was stamped on English locks from 1837 and during the reign of Queen Victoria. The lock has a working key, but it can be a little temperamental at times. The interior tray has been remade but the lid compartment is original. There is a label of John Williams of Troy, NY who made saddles, harnesses, trunks, and carpet bags. I have also put an 1840's style fashion print in the lid with some paper trim as many high quality trunks had. The trunk has a satin tung oil finish which is very durable. The bottom is very clean and strong also. This is a unique and useful piece of American history.

Please email me at Marvin@ThisOldTrunk.com if you have any questions. Thanks for visiting This Old Trunk.

Price: $649 plus $65 shipping within the United States by FedEx home delivery. Payment can be made online with the secure PayPal system or by bank check.


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