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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.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