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Arthur Edmund Meeks left Nova Scotia in the 1860s and arrived in Colorado at the time the gold and silver mines were booming. He opened his trunk and valise manufacturing business in Denver in 1876. Later his brothers joined him and they also opened a retail store to sell their trunks, bags and valises. By 1932, the manufacturing company had changed its name to Atlas Luggage Company. This wooden case measures 13 ½” tall, 18 3/8” wide and 9 1/2” deep, an unusual size so it must have been for a special purpose. There was a leather carrying strap on the lid, but the strap is no longer there. Since the metal brackets that hold the strap are still there, the strap could easily be replace. The trunk has black metal strapping on the front edges; there is very thin paper lining the inside. There is a label inside that states:
Mrs. A. E. Meek, President, L. B. Meek, Secretary
The A. E. Meek Trunk & Bag Co.
Manufacturers and Dealers in Trunks and Valises
Cor. 16th & Lawrence St.
Basement Phone 1216 Denver, Colo.
Repairing Trunks a Specialty
Old Trunks Taken in Exchange for New
In the middle of the label is a horse-drawn wagon with other information written on it. It’s interesting that at this early age of American businesses, a women could become the president of a company.
There is age appropriate wear with a few cracks in the wood, but none that compromises the integrity of the piece. Someone along the way signed their name twice inside the trunk. Would love to know who that person was! The trunk is quite substantial, weighing 11 lbs. 12 oz. This would look great sitting by a fireplace with pinecones in it.
What an interesting piece to decorate with or to add to your antique trunk collection. Please contact us if you have any questions. We will always consider any reasonable offer for our pieces.
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Antique A. E. Meeks Wooden Trunk