Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Expert Profile

Ask A Question


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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.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.

Average Ratings

Recent Reviews from Users

Read More Comments

    K = Knowledgeability    C = Clarity of Response    P = Politeness
Shawna10/10/16101010Thank you for the information and the .....
Sarah10/03/16101010Thank you so much Marvin! You clearly .....
Jamie09/11/16101010thanks so so much! you were very .....
Diane Rivers09/07/16101010Thank you so much so now I .....
Cary09/01/16101010Fast reply, thanks so much.

Recent Answers from Marvin D. Miller

2016-10-09 Antique trunk:

April,   This is a barrel stave top trunk of the mid 1880's to about 1900. Many American trunk companies made these in several sizes during those years and some had paper covering and some had metal, canvas

2016-10-08 1914 Headley & Farmer Co Trunk:

Shawna,    Headley & Farmer was one of several trunk companies that made a variety of trunks for the military under government contract. In this case the contract was issued in July 1914 which was when

2016-10-02 trunk with color stickers and monogram:

Sarah,   It was a common practice for people to have their initials and hometown painted on the side of their trunks. This is a style made by many American trunk makers and based on the style of the hardware

2016-09-09 Duluth Trunk:

Jamie,   The trunk is a popular style of the early 1900's made by many American trunk companies. It's nice that it has the original label but it doesn't increase the value much. The trunk has brass plated

2016-09-06 military trunk:

Diane,    The James Topham trunk company of Washington D.C. made several styles of trunks for the military under contract with the Quartermaster Corps for WWI and some a little later. This trunk has latches


Ask A Question

Collectibles-General (Antiques)

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


©2016 All rights reserved.