BEAUTIFUL FULLY RESTORED "AUTHENTIC" VANDERMAN GOLD BULLION GOLD RUSH RAILROAD STRONG BOX. UP FOR SALE IS AN EXTREMELY RARE AND VERY SCARCE ORIGINAL VINTAGE ANTIQUE CIRCA 1890s BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED "VANDERMAN" GOLD BULLION GOLD RUSH RAILROAD STRONG BOX CHEST TRUNK PATENTED IN 1897 AND MANUFACTURED BY THE VANDERMAN MANUFACTURING COMPANY / WILLIMANTIC , CONNECTICUT , U. I HAVE INCLUDED 2 PHOTOS OF "Before Restoration" IN THE LAST TWO PICTURES PROVIDED!! My friend who restored this strong box has been restoring and collecting trunks from the late 1800's for the past 25+ years. This is one of the nicest and best restored trunks you'll find in the marketplace today, I promise!!!
This is a very hard to come by, finely finished, top quality strong box with some of the best workmanship you'll see when it comes to trunk refinishing. This example is a Vanderman Strong Box Gold Bullion Railroad Goldrush Chest from the late 1890's. These were made in several different sizes and styles, but all of them were made out of ultra heavy duty materials to last a lifetime (or several). A steel body, wrapped in extra thick oak slats, complete with heavy duty rivets and steel hardware is what held these trunks together. This is the largest version they ever manufactured weighing in at 125 pounds with a total of six handles all the way around as it took six men to move this strong box when full with six gold bullion bars it weighed 975 pounds!!!These things were made to last FOREVER. The original tray inside is gone and the original lock is gone as well. It would have been attached to the front of the trunk with a chain link where the small hole is.
Of all the ones I've seen, only one had the original lock still attached. This one comes with an original antique vintage replacement railroad lock that is just as robust as the trunk itself but there is no key so it doesn't lock it as it is for cosmetic purposes only. It looks perfect hanging on the front.
The chest is missing the pair of steel corner bolts which screw down at each of the front corners. All 6 of the solid steel handles are intact and work properly. The inside has been painted with several coats of rustoleum primer, then several coats of rustoleum flat black paint and looks great.
The Vanderman is a fairly hard to come by strong box. A great edition to any trunk collection or Vanderman strong box collector. SOLID steel and oak wood. MINT "Fully Restored" 10 OUT OF 10.
Wear consistent with age and usage. The trunk measures 39" wide, 21" deep, and 20 tall. The strong box has never been used since its recent restoration.
10 out of 10 Condition since it was fully restored!!! This strong box is still in exceptional condition showing normal signs of usage and wear which is appropriate with the aging process with absolutely beautiful natural patina!!!The wood is still supple with gorgeous color and is still a very rich dark chocolate in color. THE BOTTOM OF THE BOX HAS BEEN LEFT "UNTOUCHED" AND WAS "NOT" RESTORED!! DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ADD AN ANTIQUE VANDERMAN STRONG BOX TO YOUR CURRENT COLLECTION OF AUTHENTIC GOLD RUSH ERA RAILROAD MEMORABILIA. IT WILL LOOK WONDERFUL ON DISPLAY IN YOUR BEDROOM, LIVING ROOM OR DEN SO DON'T PASS UP ON THIS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS "FULLY RESTORED" VANDERMAN STRONG BOX AND GOOD LUCK!! I HAVE INCLUDED PHOTOS OF EVERY ANGLE OF THIS TRUNK AND I HAVE DESCRIBED IT TO THE VERY BEST OF MY ABILITY!!! PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION AND LOOK AT ALL OF THE PHOTOS PROVIDED!! LOCAL PICK-UP "ONLY" HERE IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN. Please visit my Store to see other great items!! If there is a problem with your item once you receive it.. I care about all our customers and want you to have a pleasant shopping experience so you will come back and shop with us again! Also, I provide 5 STAR services on all my auctions.
Please be kind and take the time to rate me as 5 STARS when leaving feedback as it will truly mean the world to me, be very appreciated and I will not take it for granted!! Thank You - Please Come Back Soon! The item "RESTORED 1897 ANTIQUE VANDERMAN GOLDRUSH BULLION RAILROAD STRONG BOX CHEST TRUNK" is in sale since Monday, March 18, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Chests & Trunks\1800-1899".The seller is "americancowboy989" and is located in Saint Helen, Michigan. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.