This vintage salesman's sample wooden trunk is absolutely beautiful. Made completely by hand, the trunk has a warm look of fine craftsmanship and just sings with vintage charm.
The piece is definitely rare, as sample trunks like this were not often made with such precision and detail.
The trunk has been partially restored with new leather straps and a few paint touch-ups here and there.
As you can see, the sides, bottom, and lid are made from richly varnished wood and boast a rich caramel color.
Each corner is stabilized with riveted metal bracers, all of which have a shiny black finish.
The lower edge of the rim also features a band of black metal for added stability.
Genuine black leather straps are attached to the front-edge of the lid and can be fastened to the buckles on the trunk. The buckles are attached to the trunk with sturdy pieces of leather.
There is another small band of leather above the lock.
The locking mechanism at the front of the trunk is beautiful brass, showing touches of rich oxidization. We are thrilled to say that the key remains with the trunk and works perfectly.
Each side of the trunk features a substantial leather handle in an exquisite shade of chocolate brown.
Upon opening the trunk you will find the original manufacturer's sticker affixed to the underside of the lid.
The sticker reads "C. O. E. Hartung `The Trunk Shop' Designers and Manufacturers, Trunks, Suitcases, Bags, &C., 96 Crown Street, New Haven – Conn."
C. O. E. Hartung was located in a scenic area of downtown New Haven and specialized in making and designing trunks as well as acting as a retailer for other trunk-makers.
The inside of the trunk shows some very minor wear and a less lustrous finish than that of the outside.
The exterior of the trunk shows some expected wear and a few minor surface scratches, but remains in outstanding vintage condition overall.
This piece is the perfect size to make a big statement in your décor.
Measurements: 18 1/4" long (side to side), 9 3/4" wide, 12 1/4" tall Weight: 8 lbs., 6 oz.
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