Back in October I was visiting with a friend in Alabama and she said, "Dori, I've got an old trunk that I don't have a spot for anymore, would you like to have it?"
I was almost salivating when I said, "Yes, please"!
A few weeks later her parents delivered it to me and I was shocked. I had absolutely NO idea it would be so huge.
I also had no idea it would be in such excellent condition and so beautiful.
The details are just amazing.
I love the wooden slats on it and the hardware that connects them.
And the embossed flower pattern on it is so beautiful.
I've discovered a few things in my research. There are tiny little numbers on the lock that are very hard to read but they are the Patent number and the year of manufacture. Mine says 1883!!! Isn't that crazy?
On the ends of the truck there were leather handles at one time. I found out in my reading and research that you can hardly find a trunk that the leather handles are still intact. I guess that makes sense in a trunk that is 131 years old! However, the leather can be replaced and I hope to do that some day.
I also read that the trunks with rollers are more valuable than the ones without. I didn't think mine had rollers until I turned it upside down and there they were... tiny little rollers!
The inside tray is missing, but that sure doesn't bother me any. It is in very nice clean condition and guess what I intend to put in there? Yep, you guessed it. My old quilts!
I have been reading about Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil and I have decided to purchase some. I think it will really bring the trunk to life. I'll be sure to do some "after" pictures so we can compare and see what it does to the old wood and metal.
Have any of you used it and if so, what do you think about it?
I kept the trunk in my living room for about a week and just didn't ever feel like it quite worked. I moved it to a place of prominence in the guest bedroom and it is perfect!!! It really makes the room come alive!
P.S. Thank you Anita!