The trunk, as all trunks from this period was covered with a canvas type material which was painstakingly removed by cutting around all the hardware and then dampening and scraping off. The wood after drying was sanded and then finished in a golden oak color. When I say'sanded' I really mean smoothed. I never try to sand away the history of the piece.
Every saw mark, every nick and ding is all part of the history and is well worth retaining. All the hardware was semi polished to add a bit of lustre while still retaining its antique character. The inside was cleaned of its covering down to bare wood and stained and sealed also. The inside received two coats of Minn wax water based poly and the outside 3 coats of General Finishes's'high performance' water based poly.
New thick leather handles were also installed. I get my handles from a local Mennonite bridle shop where they cut and sew the leather to my specifications. This trunk originally had two trays but the more shallow tray known as a'lingerie' tray was not with the trunk when bought so I fashioned little legs to lift the larger tray up off the deep set rail which will give the new owner more room for storage under the tray.The two compartment tray is original except for a new wood bottom. The original bottom was only cardboard. The underside of the trunk only needed a new coat of sealer as all was in great condition with no rust. The size of the trunk is 34 inches long, 21 inches wide and 23 inches deep. The brass lock is original and stamped by Corbin lock company and it has a key. You won't find a nicer or more well built trunk from this period. This is a much better than average trunk. The hardware is heavier and with all the rivets the trunk is just made better. This is a trunk that can be passed from generation to generation. And just a note to say that I have refinished about 75 of these trunks and this may be the nicest one yet. You will have to identify your nearest station and pick it up when it arrives. Only lower forty-eight and no international. The item "Antique late Victorian period Steamer Trunk/Chest with solid brass lock" is in sale since Friday, April 12, 2019.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Chests & Trunks\1800-1899". The seller is "dodgepa2010" and is located in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.