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EXAMPLES OF OUR TRUNK RESTORATION AND REFINISHING WORK



The Before and After Section
Antique trunk restoration service


BEFORE
and
AFTER
Old black trunk that needs refinishing
The black covering on this beauty had been painted with melted rubber. 
OK, yes, it's waterproof, but smells like a tar pit and looks weird.
Refinished antique trunk
A little better looking after we beat the dayligfhts out of it in the workshop.
MM Secor trunk before refinishing
An MM Secors Wall Trunk from an abusive home
Secor trunk after refinishing
Looking a little better since it moved out on its own.
Antique trunk that was painted
Nice paint job, but the red just didn't match the new drapes
Restored antique trunk
This is more like it.
Monitor top trunk in need of restoration
A huge Monitor Top Trunk
Who would want this thing at the foot of the bed?  Egads.
Refinished waterfall trunk
Restored monitor top trunk
Leather covered trunk restoration
Leather-covered trunk from the mid 1800s, 
with a fabulous brown paint job (yikes!)
Refinished leather covered small trunk
New leather, cleaned up and oiled the slats, new brass buttons. 
Antique trunk refinishing service
Replaced all the metal bands, polished up the original lock plate.
Louis Vuitton trunk in rough shape
An old Louis Vuitton trunk.  Nice trunks when they're in good condition, but sometimes a complete makeover is in order.
Refinished Louis Vuitton trunk
Ready to be put to use.  Sure smells better than it did when we found it.
Antique trunk in as-found condition
Duluth Trunk Company cabin trunk
Restored antique trunk
Nice cabin trunk, just right for sliding under your berth aboard the train.  We put cedar in the tray both for strength and to make the trunk smell like a gerbil cage.
Or keep out moths maybe.
Rauchbach trunk before restoration
Another canvas box trunk, made by Rauchbach & Goldsmith, right around 1890
Refinished antique trunk
Metal covered antique trunk
Tin-covered trunk - we removed all of the dull tin, the refinished the wood beneath.  Had to remove about 600 nails, then put them back again.
Antique trunk restoration
This is actually more of a 'during' picture.  Looked so great when it was done that we were too stunned to remember the camera.  It happens.
Paper covered antique trunk
Paper-covered trunk, Civil War era.  The paper was shot, the handles were made from some old geezer's belt, and the inside was covered in newspaper from 1868.
Refinished antique trunk
Paper covered antique trunk
Here's another paper covered trunk, quite a bit larger than the one above.  Paper was used during the Civil War, all the leather and tin went off to war.
Refinished antique trunk
Hide covered trunk restoration
A small-sized animal hide covered trunk.  It had been covered in fabric, and looked absolutely awful.
Refinished dome top trunk
We had to fabricate a tin cover for the hole where the lock used to be. 
cabin trunk before restoration
Half trunk, which was canvas covered when we got it.
cabin trunk refinished by Brettuns Village
Dome top trunk before restoration
Leather-covered dome top.  Not much leather left, and it had been kept outside for a while.  Had lots of rust to deal with.
Dome top trunk refinished by Brettuns Village
Vanderman storage box in need of work
An old Vanderman stage coach strong box, the genuine article.  Made from 1/8" steel with thick oak slats.  Had six heavy handles so 6 workers could lift the payroll.
Vanderman trunk refinished by Brettuns Village
Notice it's resting on the dolly - this box weighed 110 pounds empty.  Nice coffee table.  Imagine banging your shin on that.  Most Vanderman boxes were made to carry tools, but a few carried gold bars or payroll money.  Nobody ever brags that theirs was used to haul plumber's tools - they all say theirs held gold bars.  Imagine that.
Fancy metal dome topped trunk
A small flat-top crystal tin trunk.  The owner wanted it painted to match something else in the house.  We were able to clean out the inside and save the lithographs at the same time.
Fancy metal trunk refinished by Brettuns Village
Standard canvas covered trunk
Marshall Fields standard box trunk, large size.  We removed the canvas and cleaned it up inside.  Lined the top with cedar.
Canvas trunk refinished by Brettuns VillageTrunk with cedar lining
MM Secor trunk in as-found condition
Angled-top or hip trunk by M.M. Secors, quite a rare trunk.  Had old, thick canvas that just had to go, and a wonderful aroma inside.  We used clothespins for our noses.
Secor trunk refinished by Brettuns Village
A nice, warm pine stain and a little tung oil.
We don't have a before picture of this one, but it is such a rare trunk it needed to be shown.  This style of trunk is covered in thin oak or hickory slats.  Refinishing one of these is touchy business - the slats must be able to move independently of one another or the whole thing will start to crack.  We've got the process all figured out here in the shop.  These slat trunks can be worth a lot, so keep your eyes open for them.  One of these sold on eBay in early 2006 for $2000 in as-found condition.
Restored Excelsior oak slat trunk
canvas covered trunk from the 1880s
Canvas-covered trunk, needed a little help.
Same trunk refinished by Brettuns Village
A nice cherry stain to match the bedroom furniture.
Small trunk before restoration
trunk refinished by Brettuns Village
Trunk before we worked on it
Same antique trunk refinished by Brettuns Villageantique trunk refinished by Brettuns Village
Hide covered trunk
These kind are fun to work on.  Pry out all the brass tacks, remove the old horse hide, polish the tacks in your rock polisher, put them back in place.  This trunk was made in 1803 in Boston.
Hide covered trunk refinished by Brettuns Village
Metal covered trunk
Was covered with tin, not too attractive.  We took the nail prying tools to it in earnest.
trunk refinished by Brettuns Village
Quite a different look.
Monitor top trunk
Here's another ugly old tin trunk, sold for $10 at a yard sale.  We love these old monitor top trunks.  Some call them 'waterfall' trunks.  'Rust bucket' is what we should all agree to call them.
Monitor top trunk refinished by Brettuns Village
We removed the tin, lined it with cedar, and finished the outside.  This picture was taken before all the slats were replaced.  This one's in a mall in Las Vegas now:
Monitor top trunk on display in Vegas
Along with some of our other trunks - a designer used them to make this kiosk in the mall.  Thanks to Becky Blair from Iowa for taking pictures of them while she was on vacation!

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