Vintage Antique Steamer Travel Luggage Hard Case Treasure Storage. Trunk Chest Medieval Dungeon Look with Strange. Male Geisha Face Painting Artwork RARE. This antique wooden leather steamer travel and storage chest trunk is a real life treasure from the days of steamships, vaudeville performers, and wealthy globetrotters of the late 1800s to the turn-of-the 1900s. It had been a luxury travel standard mainly for steamship passengers of that era and has traveled the world during that time.
There are travel stickers of the period still present on and around the surface of the case. This trunk is in beautifully weathered condition and bears an array of gorgeous patina all around. It is very well built, strong, and sturdy, and made to last over lifetimes. This wonderful antique steamer trunk is surely an awesome collector's piece. It is a unique artifact, as well as a utility craft, of pure artistry, culture, history , era, and a social way of life that once was spanning back to the golden industrial age of the late 19th century.The trunk has the good look, feel, and smell of a truly vintage piece. It is made of pure wood with wooden inserts on the inside covered entirely in heavy duty vulcanized fiber that works like metal to strengthen the wood. There are two leathers handles, one on each side of the case. Is layered over with multiple long thick strips of genuine pure black leather that is very lean and smooth and covering all around and across the top, bottom, front, back, and both sides of the trunk. It is then beautifully embellished with a wonderful consecutive array of rounded cast iron silver bolt heads stretched out in long equidistant rows along over the top every strip of black leather, giving it, very notably, a very medieval dungeon and torture chamber look and style, a major and enrapturing aspect of what makes this antique steamer trunk so unique and unlike any other. There are lots of very nice ornate hardware. Running all around, particularly an intricate set of oxidized cast iron metal placements.
Reinforced on the edges and corners of the steamer trunk. There are also two metal clasps and the center lock at the front, and the hinges that hold and secure the lid top, all made of cast iron.
The metal locking mechanism in the front center will not lock in place, but the latch still closes nicely. One iron clasp to the right side of the center front lock is missing its bottom half but has the top part. The other clasp on the opposite side is complete and is strong, intact, and locks securely. The hardware works appear lightly rusted in some areas while shiny in others. All cast iron metal corners, clasps, locks, and hinges are strong, firm, and intact.
The trunk also has a very nice floral lining on the inside which has been upholstered six years ago. This antique steamer trunk is overall very nicely weathered with gorgeous patina all around. It is very well built and constructed, and the wood, vulcanized fiber, leather, and cast iron metal and hardware all appear to be in very excellent condition for its age. The physical exterior scratches, scuff marks, and some rust on the surface areas from previous use.Few minor spots and stains may also be visible. There are also scratches at the bottom of the case. The trunk lid cover has all the strong and durable hardware that allows it to open and sit neatly ajar. The lid works perfectly when opening and closing, and the hinges that keep the lid ajar and moving smoothly are firm and intact.
The leather handles on each side of the trunk are both present and complete. They are a bit weathered but still strong and fully intact. The inside floral lining has been fully cleaned and sanitized. The trunk has no major dents, gouges, holes, nor bents.
Undeniably, the most captivating aspect about this steamer trunk, even possibly uncanny, which certainly and immediately grabs the attention upon first looking at it, is the very unique and original artistic hand made painting that is at the very top center of the lid cover. The painting is of a mysterious and very grim looking face of what appears to be a Japanese male Geisha in all its iconic pale anemic and mysterious glory, fashion, and persona.
It is unknown as to who or what the face in the image represents. The original artist behind the painting is also unknown. However, the enigmatic face delivers an undeniably dark grim and forbidding expression, one that expels a characteristic that is wary, vigilant, sinister, and indignant, yet one that is simultaneously very enthralling. It relays a feeling in its firm solid grim look that stuns the senses with awe, intrigue, even apprehension, yet. One that is genuinely human and very eerily realistic, almost like it is alive and looking right at you, which makes this captivating hand painted image all the more fascinating.
Indeed, the dark, grim, and uncanny expression of this male Geisha face. Ith its pale anemic appearance and its cold intense piercing and very humanly realistic grim eyes leering directly at you, it gives the eerie sense to possess conscious life and leap out of the painting, as if it is deliberately staring at you, watching you, and feeling an indignation towards you over a dark and undivulged secret it knows about you, like it knows you and what you did, while at the very same time judging and condemning you for it, and very unforgivably, a dour ruthless glare and vindictive expression, as if it were inflicting all of its unrelenting past resents, grudges, and torments upon you over a lifetime of long past wrong-doings never forgotten, its grim, dour, and contemptuous frozen stare to eternally remind you of and haunt you with your aching guilt. Any information about the artist, the medium of paint used, the particular subject matter, and exactly when the painting was made is, unfortunately, unknown. This antique steamer trunk is completely usable for multiple purposes.It is very strong, sturdy, sustainable, and durable. It is a wonderfully aesthetic craft to use as a utilitarian storage trunk or as an interior furniture piece for the home or studio. It is also excellent to use and repurpose as simply a gorgeous display piece.
This antique luggage case or treasure chest is perfect to use and be converted as a coffee table or an end table. It is also great for storing bulky bedding and comforters, collections of toys, or any other valuable items. Any handy man or woman can restore or renovate any particular areas of this piece if wanted to.
However, many choose to retain its original antique look for its unique aesthetic, vintage style, and historic appreciation. Many vintage and antique restorers and renovators have antique trunks transformed into different pieces of unique furniture and display pieces while still retaining their original look and patina.
This steamer trunk would make a great addition to any home for the living room, dining room, or bedroom, or for the loft studio or office space. There is notable wear of. A very nice enrapturing patina. Seen on the surfaces of the trunk from having been used as luggage in the past by either steamship passengers or locomotive train passengers which makes for an astounding and spectacular artistic, cultural, and historic furniture and display piece all in one.
Along with its multiple and wonderful repurposes, this antique steamer travel trunk is still very strong, sturdy, and durable and can still be used for its original purpose. As a luggage case for travel. As it is a solid hard case and can still hold a lot of weight. Whether for the use it was originally built and intended for or for a repurposed use, this striking and very unique antique steamer travel trunk is sure to galvanize your interior place, captivating your guests, and turn heads wherever you go. All of the scratches, scuffs, and the gorgeously vintage rustic look truly give this wooden metallic vulcanized and leather antique steamer trunk great magnificent character and personality.
This trunk is excellent for antique lovers and collectors of all backgrounds. It would make a great gift for the holiday season, graduation, birthday, anniversary, wedding, or for any occasion. Many antique collectors would relish a piece like this to get their hands on with some restoration.
Other collectors would relish to keep it just as it is in its beautifully used, worn, and weathered state with all its gorgeous and uniquely adorned patina. Either appreciation reveals the great usefulness and true artistry, craftsmanship, and historic value of this wonderful antique and vintage piece.
The dimensions are: 36.5 Inches Long 20.25 Inches Wide 12.75 Inches High The trunk weighs 25 pounds. The antique steamer trunk shown in the pictures is the very exact antique steamer trunk that is being listed and that you will receive. Please SEE ALL PICTURES for a better assessment of the description, accuracy, and condition of the item. Valid residential and business addresses only.
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Thank you for considering this rare and unique treasure! The item "Vintage Antique Steamer Travel Luggage Trunk Treasure Chest Strange Face RARE" is in sale since Friday, September 22, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Chests & Trunks\1900-1950". The seller is "howlinghawk25" and is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States.