Rare Antique Small Travel Trunk Deer Skin. On Wood - a special 19th c. From the extraordinary collection of an African American family in Alexandria, Virginia. As a courtesy, we will take the trunk to whichever shipper you select. You will deal with them directly to pay them for their services.The business has been based in the Washington, D. Century trunk was owned for many generations by an African American family in Alexandria, Virginia. Based on our interviews with surviving family members (who came from another state to conduct the sale), it is believed that a family member/ancestor in West Virginia owned it in the 19. Century (based on initials P + D on the trunk) before it was brought to Alexandria at some point in the early 20th century.
Our research on New Bedford turned up very interesting information about the thriving African American community there before the Civil War (Frederick Douglass). For a quick summary, see the Wikipedia article on New Bedford.
The family home had been in historic Old Town, Alexandria for many years. In her later years the owner lived in the Fairfax County (Mount Vernon) area of Alexandria. In her apartment she lived with fabulous family heirlooms from the 1800s (as well as some interesting pieces from the 1900s). Based on the account of surviving relatives, we believe that this special trunk was probably in this family since it was made.
Miss Glover was the caretaker (and virtually the curator) of the family's unique "treasures". In addition to interviewing two surviving cousins, we looked at very old family photographs that showed these wonderful pieces in place inside the former family home in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.This trunk was one of the most interesting pieces in the Glover family collection. The family's concern with preserving their history and heritage has saved this unique piece --- and the label on it enables us to make the connection with New Bedford (a community important in African American history). We very much like the fact that it has not been restored. Please look at the photos to see the decoration. Leather trim, nailheads, handle, metal plates and hardware, etc.
The wood trunk is solid but as you can see, the deer hide covering is not in new condition. Over the years we have been lucky to find some extraordinary rare trunks that still had their makers labels inside. This wonderful trunk still has its original printed paper lining and its original label! The firms label has the name of Ebenezer Tirrell, Jr. That business name is on one directory published in 1836.
We did find a reference to someone with that name from. Weymouth (Norfolk County), Massachusetts who was a Revolutionary War patriot (who died of starvation - date and place unknown --- according to one reference). We also found a few additional references to someone by that name -- but each of the references has different birth and death dates.Perhaps we will be able to get some clarification from one of the organizations/museums we have contacted in New Bedford. The lithographed paper label inside the lid has a horse at the top with the following text below it.
Ships and Engine Hose, and. All of the above constantly on hand and warranted. Executed at short notice, and all orders thank. Fully received and punctually attended to.
A line around this (just inside the edge) label frames the interesting graphics. Is at the lower right edge of the label. The lock / clasp is still on the trunk. At some point in the past, someone did not have the key so they opened it by undoing the top part of the clasp.
The little brass cover that swivels over the keyhole is still there. 18 x 11 3/8 x over 9 ¾ (maximum height). All items we sell are from a pet free and smoke free environment unless prior owner history is noted above. We are incredibly scrupulous with our descriptions of an items condition so that you can make an informed purchasing decision. Note on measurements : All measurements are approximate.
The item "Rare Antique Small Travel Trunk Deer Skin/Wood Ebenezer Tirrell, Jr. 19th c" is in sale since Friday, January 18, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Chests & Trunks\1800-1899". The seller is "adamsbyrdfineartsandantqs" and is located in Mount Vernon, Virginia. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.