Late 1800's Antique Swedish Camelback Ornate Trunk-Gorgeous. His great-grandmother moved from Sweden to the United States in the late 1800's. Still has working metal wheels!Leather handles have been torn off. Could be fixed but wanted to sell it in its original condition. 4 metal wheels on the bottom still work! Chests and trunks date back to at least medieval times, but really gained momentum in the Victorian Era, starting around the 1870s. At this point, cross-country railroads were established, as well as inter-continental travel by water, so long-distance traveling was much easier and it was also much easier to transport more of ones possessions. At this point, we should point out the difference between a chest and a trunk. While trunks were mainly used for traveling and transporting possessions from point A to point B, chests are generally considered fixed and permanent pieces of furniture, usually used for storing things such as blankets and assorted bedding.
For this reason, chests can be more ornate, while trunks have a more practical form of decoration. Like many things in the Victoria period, trunks started out with a pretty simplistic design and grew to be much more intricately designed. Initially composed as just a lockable, wooden box with a paper-lined interior (either decorative paper or something simple like newspaper), trunks soon came to be covered in leather, paper, canvas and some form of metal hardware e. Embossed tin, and came to have different compartments, drawers, trays and hangers that made them all the more functional. Although trunks were often used by people when they traveled by carriage, they became truly ubiquitous between the 1870s and 1920s, solidifying their position in history and paving the way for our continued interest and their continued use.The item "Late 1800's Antique Swedish Camelback Ornate Trunk-Gorgeous" is in sale since Sunday, February 28, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Trunks & Chests". The seller is "frenchvintagetreasure" and is located in Dripping Springs, Texas. This item can be shipped worldwide.