Updating an antique wardrobe trunk
I'm glad to know I have somewhere to go with the next trunk I find in my possession! I just finished up another trunk with parts I ordered from you!
This was the most difficult one yet because it needed all new wooden slats, flat metal, hardware and a completely rebuilt lid! Crystal Davis I finally finished my Steamer Trunk project and wanted to send you a few pictures.
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By 1925, trunks were covered with vulcanized fiber or undecorated metal.
First off I want to thank you from here to the moon for your very informative website as well as the extensive inventory of trunk parts and awesome prices.
Normally I would likely have walked away, but these are priceless family heirlooms that were not properly cared for until now.
Most people probably would have thrown it away, especially when they saw the free wasp nest, rat poop and termite damage that came with this awesome investment, but not me! This was a great project to do, though also a really big project. Learned many interesting things along the way and tried several new skills. Based on the stickers the trunk traveled across the Atlantic ocean a couple times and had the opportunity to visit a couple posh hotels in Europe: Paris, Rhein Valley, and Black Forest.
I broke the rules and used a few screws, but only when I had no choice to hold this rickety old trunk together again. In the end, this trunk will be a wonderful gift for my mom and someday a wonderful family heirloom to go with the other two that belonged to my great-grandparents. I couldn't have done it with you and the parts you sell! At some point the trunk was refurbished in Boston, the refurbishers emblem was on the inside lid.
We had to rebuild the hump in this one and it was very bad shape when found. We had to patch many rust holes and deal with dents that we could.
All the hardware on the slats was replaced using your parts as well as the lid stay and handles too.
We are very picky about the condition of trunks we purchase to bring you only the best!