George Molloy Steamer Trunk Beige Painted Dome Top Antique late 19th C. Interior with decal of couple sewing and reading. Some water staining on inside. Manufactured between 1860 and 1890 in Lowell, MA.
George Molloy was Lowell's "Irish trunk maker" George Molloy was the son of George and Mary Conly. Born in Dublin about 1821 he arrived in Lowell By 1860 he was married to his wife Ann with whom he had 7 children. Two of whom predeceased him.His father George lived with the family until his death in 1862. With his parents in 1842. For many years he was an emigration agent, and then got into the trunk making business. Trunks could be found in most homes in this period. Many people had several trunks of different sizes to keep clothes and valuables in. There were many trunk makers in Lowell at this time, all competing for business. About 1857 he started advertising his shop in the local papers. His offered trunks made of iron, zinc, canvas, leather and duck. He posted another ad claiming, Travelers have found by experience that Molloy's canvas trunks will stand more hard usage than any other trunk in house. George's business remained at this location for many years. He along with a number of other businessmen requested a watchman to patrol the area around their shops on Market Street. The business must have been quite successful since he had to move to larger quarters on Middlesex Street in 1884. Failing health alarmed his friends. He died of pneumonia in 1892 at the age of 73. His funeral was from his home on High Street with mass at the Immaculate.
He was buried in the family lot at St. Good condition trunk with all working hardware. Bottom rollers in good condition. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Trunks & Chests".
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