Antiquing: My New Trunk

I think I have mentioned before that there is a Facebook For Sale Group in my area.  Well Sunday, I bought this trunk from someone on the group.

Trunk-1

I think it’s pretty old.  How old, I don’t know.

Trunk-2
It’s even nice on the inside….

Trunk-3

The handles are in good shape.  The front latch needs a little work but not bad at all.

There is a label on the side…I sure wish I knew what it said or a little more information.

Trunk-4

This trunk if for the new house.  I’m not sure where it’s going yet but I am betting it will be used to hold quilts.

We paid only $30 for it.  I think it was a steal of a deal.  I did buy it without seeing it really…just a photo.  We bought a few other neat things at the same time.  I’ll show those things to you in the upcoming days.

Does anyone know anything about trunks or anything the label is indicating??

Today I am hooking up with The Colorado Lady.


Today I am thankful for my Hubby.  Actually, I am VERY THANKFUL for him each and every day.  We are a really good pair and compliment each other well.  I’ve said time and time again he grounds me yet he gives me wings.  I honestly can’t think of nicer thing to say about him.  For him, I am blessed, thankful and truly, truly grateful.  He’s made my life a joy and has been a wonderful parenting partner.

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14 thoughts on “Antiquing: My New Trunk

  1. Gloria B

    As far as I can see, the label says
    CUNARD LINE (a company which has been in operation since 1839)
    Then BERGEN
    There are the letters ?ge

    So, my interprtation is that this trunk belonged to a passenger on a Cunard line ship to America from Bergen, Norway and that the passenger travelled steerage (as all other classes would end in an S).
    ie this probably belonged to a Norwegian immigrant to the United States before Cunard used coloured labels.
    Compare your trunk with this one
    http://shadygroveadventures.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/conundrum.html

    I hope this helps.

  2. Gloria B

    I was wrong in my assumption that ?ge meant steerage. From the above link it denoted Checked Baggage.

  3. Libby Smith

    A lovely find, especially for what you paid! Looks likes it’s all wood, so be careful about storing quilts in it. Make sure they are protected from the wood by either a clean cotton sheet or acid-free paper.

  4. Lisa Spivey

    You got a FANTASTIC deal on your beautiful trunk! I’m from Shady Grove Journal and wrote http://shadygroveadventures.blogspot.com/2012/03/conundrum.html post one of your earlier commenters mentioned about my trunk. ‘Bergen’ is in Norway, my baggage sticker notes ‘Gothenburg’ and is from Sweden and looks like both trunks are quite similar in many ways. I’m scared to touch my trunk, still!, because the original newspaper is lining the inside dates it to Sweden-1900. If you look carefully at the front of my trunk, if you get it in just the right light, you can see the traces where someone painted in beautiful handwriting probably an address. All I can make out is the word ‘Chateau’ on mine. I read that the raised lids were to keep other trunks from being able to be stacked on top of it during shipping. If you should find out more information on your trunk, I’d appreciate your sharing it with me. Thanks! Enjoy your wonderful trunk! I love just looking at mine.

  5. Michelle

    That’s so funny — I followed the same hunch Gloria B did and wound up at the exact same page {http://shadygroveadventures.blogspot.com/2012/03/conundrum.html}

  6. Gloria

    I think what you have written about your husband is wonderful, he sounds as if he is a really supportive partner! I am lucky too!

  7. Sue

    Hi Jo! I saw that picture of that trunk and knew immediately it was an immigrant trunk. My grandfather came from Sweden and his looks so much like yours – right down to the triangle pieces of metal on the sides and the metal strips on top. Mine is flat on the top, though. I treasure mine and feel very lucky to have had it passed down to me. I know you’ll treasure yours, too.

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