Thursday, April 2, 2009

An Old Trunk

I just wanted to share with you this great trunk that a friend of mine picked up for me at an auction in upstate New York.
She had emailed me prior to attending to ask me if there was anything there that i might be interested in and sent me a link to the auction site that had shown some images of various items that were up for the latest auction. I indicated to her that I really liked this old trunk and that if it were not too expensive she could grab this for me. well, she did. . .25.00 What a steal. I use it to store some equipment and supplies and just love the aged look and detail intact.




This is a label on the top of the trunk from the Erie Railroad Company.


10 comments:

WolfeWoman said...

Very nice find- love the Erie RR tag!

Julie Magers Soulen said...

Awesome old trunk! We have an old steamer trunk that was my husband's grandmother's. It reminds me of this one. Very cool find!

drollgirl said...

oh, i am crazy for old trunks. and $25?!?!? that is just fantastic. lucky you!

Gary Heller said...

I just knew there would be a few Old trunk lovers out there :)
I've been trying to figure out the approx. date of this trunk. there is a date on the erie Railroad company tag that reads 12-22-1... but the last three digits of the year are worn off. i would imagine it would be 1800 something . . .

Gary Heller said...

Upon doing a bit of research I have found that this type trunk is called a "Cabin Trunk" because it was designed to slide under the bunk of your cabin while traveling by rail or sea.
Most likely late 1800's. Worth considerably more than what I paid and upwards of 500.00 if restored to good condition.

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

That IS a steal. It is fabulous and looks great as your coffee table. My folks have an old chest that looks that worn and worldly and it always fascinated me.

angelshair said...

$25.00!?!!! This trunk wanted you for sure:)))! It is so beautiful to see how object from the past travels to find their new owners!
Amazing!

dana said...

Love the trunk Gary...and a wonderful buy. She was a great friend to lug this thing around for you.
I see you are building quite a fan base around this joint...good work.

anusha said...

wow, Love the trunk. What a great deal. I like the way you have used it as a coffee table.

Aleksandra said...

Hi Gary,one more oldtrunklovers is here.There is some kind of romance,soft and timeless moments whith in those trunks I think(have one myself used as table too)The second one,the oldest of them I gave away to my dear friend who share my love for old beauty.Brilliant photos you make,have a nice day,ciao Sandra