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Marvin D. Miller

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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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.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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Nicolas 03/05/17101010Thanks So much Marvin, Great knowlege and .....
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Luke 02/25/17101010Greatly imformative and timely! Thank you!
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Recent Answers from Marvin D. Miller

2017-03-22 Moritz madler,Leipzig- Lindenay antique trunk:

Sandie,     It sounds like a nice find even if someone did paint it. I've had a couple Madler trunks and have seen quite a few types of their trunks.  They patented a style that has narrow rounded wood

2017-03-21 Antique trunk found in dad's attic:

Susan,   There were a few trunk companies in Detroit, so it also possible it was made there.  Most cities at that time had one or more trunk companies making similar trunks.  It is from the 1890's to mid

2017-03-21 Antique trunk found in dad's attic:

Sue,   I've studied the trunk and lock patents and know a fair amount about the shipping and trade of the 1890's and early 1900's.  The Eagle locks with the 1892 patent were used for about 20 years, so

2017-03-04 Trying to identify 1879 Trunk origin:

Nic,   That blue paper trim you found is original, but it's not a label. It is one of many types of paper trim that was used in trunks of the 1880's to early 1900's. This type shaped like a shield was

2017-03-04 Trying to identify 1879 Trunk origin:

Hi Nic,   This trunk is a style that was originally called a barrel stave top trunk with embossed (or pressed)metal covering.  Some trunk parts, such as the locks, were marked with the patent date, but


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