THIS FUNTASTIC TRUNK BELONGED TO A FRIEND'S LATE AUNT AND A GIFT TO ME MANY YEARS AGO. THERE IS A REMNANT OF PAPER ON ONE SIDE WITH THE NAME DOBBS AND SEVERAL ADDRESSES... POSSIBLY THE MAKER'S NAME AND LOCATIONS. I'm no authority, but some research reveals that it was probably a bride's wardrobe trunk, probably late 1800's to early 1900's vintage.It is appointed with a removable tray and appropriate compartments for storage, both top and bottom. It is made of wood, metal, accented with decorative pressed tin? Insets and strips of oak.
All of the hardware is original. Contained within the belly of the trunk is a lady's petite skirt and dainty blouse which are in poor condition and included because they were in the trunk... I leave them for their decorative value only. The envelope addressed to the original owner postmarked Jan 1917 was also in the trunk and lends more authenticity to its age. Considering its 100+ years, the trunk is in overall good condition and makes quite a statement wherever it sits.Is is, as expected , age worn, discolored, well-used, and shows the evidence of rust and paint loss. The center latch does not engage (photo 6) only the latches on either side of it. Some of the metal trim on the upper edge above the latch has come loose and torn in two areas and needs to be re-nailed in place. It does not inhibit removing the tray or closing the lid but warrants repair (photos 10,11). The leather handles are original but in very poor condition and are for aesthetic purpose only.
The paper trim inside has peeled here and there exposing the wood in areas. The facing/lid on the upper left compartment is broken away in the center as the fabric that once held it in place deteriorated from age, therefore, it is resting on its own and does not stay in place unless the trunk is left open (photo 7). The wood tray has a piece broken away on the back side (photo 12).
What have I done in the way of restoration? I have thoroughly cleaned the interior and exterior removing grime and excess rust and applying a protectant to the exterior surface which really perks up the finish and lends itself to the antique patina.
I have avoided restoration preferring instead to leave it original and showing off its wonderful age character and originality. That of course is a matter of personal preference. What you get in this case is an all original antique that LOOKS THE PART.
WANT TO REALLY ADD TO THE TRUNK'S EYE APPEAL: I have the original owner's turn of the century skirt, 2 camisoles, 1 petticoat, 1 high collar with lace inset jacket, night ware, 1 crinoline, 1 slip, 4 hats and vanity items, (clothes brush, baby brush and bonnet, and 2 mirrors) man's ID brass bracelet, ladies metal bracelet (unique design), and other misc. All of which were stored in the trunk and could be made available at an extra cost either as a collection or individual pieces.
They are a nice compliment and really are an eye stopper when one looks inside the trunk... The clothes, although interesting period pieces and beautiful in style and quality, are not suitable for wear as they show signs of age and holes. NOTE: I live in Hiawassee, Georgia, 2 hours from Chattanooga TN, Asheville, NC, and Atlanta.
Thank you fellow caretakers for looking. The item "ANTHUMPBACK TRUNKMETAL & WOODBRIDES WARDROBE WithTRAYFUNKY FUNTASTIC PRIMITIVE" is in sale since Monday, March 14, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Chests & Trunks\1800-1899". The seller is "7335johnc" and is located in Hiawassee, Georgia.
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