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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.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

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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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Luke 02/25/17101010Greatly imformative and timely! Thank you!
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Recent Answers from Marvin D. Miller

2017-02-24 Antique Barrell Trunk (painted with rust):

Luke,   I'm pretty sure you can get lead test kits at most Walmart stores. Some paint stores also have them. If you don't have one in your area you can also order them online.  They aren't very expensive

2017-02-24 Antique Barrell Trunk (painted with rust):

Hello Luke,   The trunk you found is a barrel top cross slat style trunk with metal covering, made probably between about 1890 to 1910. Some were made in the 1880's also but most with that type hardware

2017-02-13 Military bridge model kit:

Brent,     That's a very interesting item. I would call the case a chest, specially made for the military for this bridge model training kit. I think from the markings and hardware style that it's from

2017-02-11 Shwayder Trunk:

Kathy,     Since the Shwayder trunk company was started in 1910 and made many types of trunks over a period of years I would really need to see some pictures of the trunk to help with your questions.

2017-02-05 Cedar chest:

Shannon,   I'm sorry I can't help identify the maker of your cedar chest. There were quite a few makers of those chests from the 1920's to 50's and some put labels on them and some did not. They were different


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