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Marvin D. Miller

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returns 01/30/2017

I can answer questions related to antique trunks, their age, manufacturers, styles, patents, etc, including all types of trunks such as steamer trunks, saratoga trunks, Victorian trunks, slat trunks, toy and doll trunks, stagecoach trunks, valises, hat trunks, and others.

Experience in the area

I have over 40 years experience in trunk restoration, collecting, and research. I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc. related to antique trunks. I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.


Association of American Antique Trunk Restorers, President.


Primarily on the website Cotton & Quail Antiques newspaper (Southeast). Antique Journal magazine.


Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia. I have conducted extensive research related to the topic of trunk manufacturers and trunk styles in the U.S. and Europe.

Past/Present Clients

Have consulted for the Pawn Stars TV show on antique trunks. I have sold antique trunks to museums in California and Florida and to customers around the world.

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Raye01/13/17101010Awesome Sevice. The information was very interesting .....
Melissa12/18/16101010Thank you so much!
Frank 12/10/16101010 
Frank11/26/16101010Thank you Marvin! I really appreciate your .....
Ross11/11/16101010So pleased to hear from Marvin; such .....

Recent Answers from Marvin D. Miller

2017-01-13 Steamer Trunk:

Hi Raye,   I can help some with information about your trunk but not the framed prints.  The trunk is an American made metal covered barrel stave top trunk, from the time period of about 1885 to 1900.

2017-01-03 Flat top trunk:

Hello Jon,   Yes, I can give you information about your trunk but you may find it hard to believe. Many people would take a look at this trunk and think that it is an antique. Actually it is fairly new

2016-12-31 Roos cedar chest:

Sandi,   The Ed Roos Company made many styles of cedar chests at Forest Park, IL (the Forest Park Line)from about 1918 to 1951. For a while the serial numbers were easy to decode to get the manufacture

2016-12-18 Dome top steamer trunk.:

Melissa,   This style trunk was usually called a cross slatted barrel top, or sometimes round top trunk and they were made by many American trunk companies with the same types of hardware from about 1890

2016-12-08 Requesting information about a trunk:

John,   Many of these antique trunks do not have any label or markings on them, especially if made after about 1900. This is an American made cross slat barrel top trunk with embossed metal covering.


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