Antique Travel Trunk - 1900 to 1930. This is a tin-and-wood travel trunk from the early 20th century, a small flat top trimmed with hardwood slats and tin and steel hardware. Its 16.25 inches wide, 11.5 inches front to back, and approximately 11 inches tall a perfect complement to any rustic decor. This single-family trunk had traveled the east coast until it went into storage shortly after World War II at a 240-year-old family farm in Rice, Virginia. This was my great-great Aunt Ruths trunk, a niece said.She used it to travel by train up North every summer. On the evening of April 6, 1865, General Robert E. Lee waited in Rices Depot, as the town was then known, for the rest of his army to arrive.
Lee would surrender the Army of Northern Virginia three days later at Appomattox Courthouse, ending the Civil War. The trunk is constructed of a pine box with three hardwood slats across the top, and a single slat on the front and back. It features ornate steel handles, small engravings of a crown on the latches, and a lock engraved Eagle Lock Co. Although it comes with a key, unfortunately the lock mechanism does not work. The trunk is completely original save a replacement removable tray made of pine and poplar.
In the restoration, the bottom was cleaned, painted, and sealed with polyurethane. The paper lining was removed and the wood was sanded and finished with tung oil.
The tin covering the front and back lower panels and top was removed to expose the wood, which was then finished with hand-rubbed tung oil and Golden Oak stain. The remaining tin and hardware trim were finished with Zar Rosewood stain and Rustoleum Satin Black, then sealed with tung oil. We take great care in the refinishing of our trunks.The wood is hand-sanded and smoothed with steel wool between finishing coats of tung oil or satin varnish. All of the hardware is carefully cleaned and hand-painted when necessary using detailed art brushes. The bottom is cleaned, sanded, treated with a special rust inhibitor, if necessary, painted with Rustoleum Satin Black enamel, and finished with clear satin polyurethane so its safe to place on carpet or hardwood floors. Each trunk comes with care instructions. It is absolutely stunning - couldn't be happier. What a great item thanks for offering it! This trunk was meticulously restored and is gorgeous! Looks great in my den. My mom loved it for Mother's Day. S I E R R A C R E E K. A S H E V I L L E. N o r t h. C a r o l i n a. The item "Vintage Antique Victorian Steamer Trunk Newly Restored Smaller Size 16 Inches" is in sale since Thursday, July 19, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Chests & Trunks\1800-1899". The seller is "sierracreeknc" and is located in Asheville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.