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List of Trunk Makers
(By no means does this list contain all makers - these are just the ones we've run across)
Feel free to add to the list by dropping us an e-mail

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Name
Information
Abel & Bach Trunks & Bags
Milwaukee  Made and sold many trunks and also suitcases
many of the cases were covered with walrus leather.
They called their company the ABC of Trunks and Bags (for Abel Bach Co.)  Some labels
Abrams Trunk Co
Chicago - usually has a brass tag on top
Adams & Ilsley
150 Tremont Street, Boston; formerly John Baker & Co trunks & saddlery
Aero-Pak
Early 1900s maker of wardrobe trunks and suitcases
Ajax Trunks
New York - modern era (1930s?) trunks, usually covered in black trunk fibre
Allen, Otis
Nos 35-41 Merrimac Street, Lowell, Mass, est 1839
American Trunk Co
Famous ATCO Trunks, Cincinatti, OH
A. Andretti Trunk Co.
Eagle Trademark Trunks, San Francisco
Arata, L.
Trunks, Bags, & Satchels, Established 1832, 
NE Corner of 13th & Sansom Streets, Philadelphia
Thanks to Kathy S for this one!
Atkinson, John S.
Label:  "Manufacturer of and Dealer in lap robes, trunks, bags, blankets, and general horse furnishings"
48 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, Conn.
Atlanta Trunk Factory
Thanks to Emily Brosius for this one
Atwood & Gould Trunk Co
Patented 18??
Congress st ,Boston Mass
Autorobe Trunk Co.
Makers of automobile trunks in the 1920s and 1930s.
See some old magazine ads here
Austin Trunk Factory
"I have an old trunk in excellent condition made in 1880 at the Austin Trunk Factory, Austin TX.  The address reads 611 Congress St.  
The street is now called Congress Avenue. It' a round top with a woman's picture and the maker's logo has a cartoon man with an alligator.  
You may want to add the maker to your list since it's not there yet.  Best regards, -Matt HallThanks, Matt!
Aylward, Michael
saddle, bridle, trunk and harness maker, 9½ S. 4th  Street
Shown in 1825 Philadelphia City Directory
(Special thanks to Matt Ainslie for providing info on makers from Philadelphia)
BB&B Manufacturing
Pittsburgh, NYC, Pasadena
Bains, George B & Sons
Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Makers of Bags and Trunks for All Types of Travel
Baker, John B, & Co.
Saddlery & Harness House, Sole Leather Trunks
150 Tremont Street, Boston, est 1826
Bal, William Trunk Co.
Bal-Built Trunks (with brass tag) Philadelphia
Baldwin & Company Trunks & Bags
Brass tag on lid, B on handle end caps
Bankhardt Baggage
Cincinatti, OH
Barnard Brothers Trunk & Travelling Bag Co.
Main Street, Worcester, Mass.
Barnum Trunk Co
Brass tag on lid, paper label inside says Order #___ with trunk number
Minneapolis
Bates & Co
Paper label inside:  This trunk made expressly for Bates & Co., 
Leading dealers in Trunks, Boots, Shoes, Hats, Militaria, and Bags
Somersworth, New Hampshire
Beals and Selkirk Trunk Co
Wyandotte and Flint, Michigan
Beehive Trunk Co
Produced by L.E. Morrison and Co.
Belber Co.
Philadelphia, Chicago, NY
This company made quite a few trunks.  More info here
Bell, William
62 Tremont Street, Boston Label:
"Manufacturers and Repairers of Sole Leather Trunks, Fancy Trunks, Valises, 
Carpet Bags, Dress Trunks, and Sample Cases, &c"
Verified to be in business during 1840s and 1850s.
Bellingham Harness Co
211 W Holly St
Bellingham, WA
Thanks to Del Vosburg for sending this one in!
Bellton Co
Wardrobe trunks, 1930s
Benson, James Co Ltd
Sole Leather trunks, 1800s, London
Many thanks to Paula for contributing this one
Besbuilt Trunk Company
Newark, NJ
Betterbuilt Trunks
Usually has BB on clamps and end caps
Bingham Trunks
Buffalo, NY  1930s  May have been a retailer, or perhaps a descendant of Buffalo Trunk Mfg. Co.
Boelter, F. 
Tool Case and Automobile Trunk Maker
2713 Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Thanks to Renelle U. for sending this one to us!
Bogert, James
40 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana
(submitted by Cheryl Perkins - thanks!)
Boston Baggage
GoldRobe
(submitted by Jeff - thanks!)
Books Trunk Co.
Otho Leslie Books was the owner of Books Trunk Co. Books and Jackson Co. between 1904 and 1942. 
He was born on August 28, 1879 in Huntingdon County, PA. Books married Vesta May Stofer on September 27, 1905. 
They had two kids, Otho Samuel Books and Marjorie May Books. Otho Leslie Books died on February 27, 1905, in San Diego, CA
(submitted by Susie K. - thanks!)
Boston Baggage
GoldRobe
(submitted by Jeff - thanks!)
Breck, T, Trunk Maker
24 North Main Street, Providence, Rhode Island
Brinkhaus & Block
Louisville, KY
Established 1880, still around in 1902.  See their building here.
Thanks to Cathy G. for discovering this company and passing along the info to us.
Brown, J E
Meriden, CT, on E. Main St.
Thanks to Andy M. for discovering this company and passing along the info to us.
Bruff, Robert
297 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia
Shown in 1825 Philadelphia City Directory
Buffalo Trunk Mfg Co
Theophil Speyser, (a German immigrant who was a furniture/coffin maker) incorporated his growing business in 1906 as the Buffalo Trunk Manufacturing Company. He was however making trunks, (and much more) starting around 1879.
Thanks very much to Charity Disbrow for sending this one in
Burr, Robert
Hanover Street, then moved to Tremont Street, Boston  1850s
Burr, William
Tremont Street, moved to Congress Street, Boston, 1840s, 1850s
Burroughs, George
E. Water Street, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Black canvas trunks, many were very, very large
George always signed the inside label that described the company's history
Butterfield Trunk Co
Seattle, Wash.  Many sizes of common trunks
C&M Trunk and Case Co
Black cases, rubberized coatings
Our pal Grant Rice found a wardrobe trunk made by C&M with NYC on the tag.  Thanks, Grant!
Cadmus, Jeremiah
Market Street, Philadelphia  Brass button trunks, also made shoes
Capitol Trunk Co
St Paul, MN  Operated in the 1920s and 30s
Thanks to Andy M. for discovering this company and passing along the info to us.
Carmen, Charles
Poughkeepsie, NY
Carver, Jacob
trunk & shoemaker, 377 N 2d Street
Shown in 1825 Philadelphia City Directory
 Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co.
No. 8-12 State Street, Madison, Wisconsin
and Wabash Avenue, Chicago
"Fine Leather and Travel Goods of All Types"
Casey, M.S., Trunk Makers
5th Avenue, NY, Makers of Vaudeville Trunks
Cattnach, John
"Importers of German Leather Trunks & Luggage Products"
Cavalier Co.
Chattanooga, brass tag on lid tells who gave/received trunk
Central Trunk Company
Philadelphia  Established in 1856
Cherry, M. Trunks 
and Traveling Bags
226 Fifth Ave, New York City
Thanks to Andy M. for discovering this company and passing along the info to us.
Chilton Guthrie & Company
522 W. Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky
Goods to Order, Trunks, Valises, & Traveling Bags
Thanks to Donald Driver for sending this one in.
Clark, W. S., Co
Springfield, Mass.  Label states "Made of Basswood"
Clinton Wall Trunk Co
Wall trunks   Clinton, Massachusetts
Coe-Hartung
New Haven, CT, 
Retail shop, made some trunks, sold trunks amde by others.
Colt, Samuel L.
167 Baltimore Street, Baltimore "Manufacturer of Trunks of Every Description for 
Traveling, Packing, and Domestic Use"
This guy also patented some guns
Cooper, George
Established 1859
Crawford & Whitten
Clarksburg, Ohio
Crego & Co.
Makers  21 Washington  Chicago, IL
Operating in the 1860
Special thanks to Sara V. for sending this info to us!
Crestein Trunk Co
Newark, New Jersey
Crockett, William
Concord, NH, verified in business 1838
Crouch & Fitzgerald
Established 1839, high-priced trunks  New York City
Cummings, Josiah & Sons
82 Union Street, Boston 
"Sole and Hub Leather Trunks Made to Order"
Cushing, Charles F.
New Bedford, Mass.  Established 1900
D  (usually has a lion standing next to it)
see Drucker
Davis, John
trunk-maker, 73 N 5th Street 
(also listed as such in this location in 1823 dir.)
Shown in 1825 Philadelphia City Directory
Davis Trunk Factory
Years of operation 1889-1920  Los Angeles
Dennison, E.C. Co
1024-32 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 
Makers of Fireproof Wardrobe Trunks
(asbestos inside)
Dependo Trunk & Bag Co
Petersburg, Virginia (part of Seward?)  - wardrobes
Deppe, AH
'Manufacturers of Trunks'
Fifth St & Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Thanks to Wanda M for contributing this maker to our list 
Dethloff, A.W. & Co.
725-15thSt. Denver,Colo.  Brass Tag on top.  Tel Main-5987
Thanks to Warren Behm for this one.
Detroit Trunk Co
Detroit, Michigan
Derco Trunk Manufacturing
Los Angeles
Dick, J. H.
Madison Street, Jefferson Street, Chicago
Trunks, Traveling Bags, Ladies Satchels, Etc.
Sent in by Tim Harris.  Thanks!
Dickhouts
DICKHOUTS TRUNK FACTORY No. 642 Main St. TERR HAUTE Ind. 
Sent in by Michael Holmes -   Thanks!
 Dooley, James
104 Third Avenue, New York
Trunks, Bags, Hat Cases, &c
 Dolittle, M. J.
Saddler and Trunk Maker, est. 1830  Burlington, Vermont 
 Drew & Sons
Wardrobe trunks, US patent #16118 
 Drucker, N. & Co
(also Mendel-Drucker)
Common and Wardrobe trunks
913 Broadway, Cincinatti 
These trunks usually have his 'D' with a Lion 
and the words "Beauty and Strength"
DuBosq, Henry
trunkmaker, 90 Shippen Street
Shown in 1825 Philadelphia City Directory
Listed as a glass silverer on S. 6th St. in 1805, but had become a trunk maker 
at the address above by the time of the 1810 directory
 Dufficy, Thomas and Co
Trunk Makers
Louisville, Kentucky
Steamer-sizes and smaller trunks with leather straps
Duffy, L.J.
New Orleans, Patent Date Dec 7, 1880
LJD on metal corners
 Duguid Brothers
Toledo, Ohio 
 Duluth Trunk Factory
220 West Superior Street
Joseph Trudinsky, Prop.
Wall trunks, patent dates 1869-1871
 Durobilt
By New Jersey Trunk Co.
Wardrobe trunks, 1920s or so
Newark, NJ
Thanks to Sommer for sending this one in!
 Dus-Pruf Auto Trunk Co
414 West Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI
Patent date on label: May 25,1928
 Eagle Trunk Factory
Manufacturers of the Patent Tray
Operated by Smith Brothers in OshKosh, Wisconsin
Later became OshKosh Trunk Co.
 Eagle Trunk Factory
Manufacturers of the Patent Tray
Operated by Smith Brothers in OshKosh, Wisconsin
Later became OshKosh Trunk Co.
 Easter & Winship
Boston, est. 1858
Winship later went off on his own (see Winship)
 Eau Claire Trunk Co.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
"Travelers Goods, Sample Trunks & Cases a Specialty"
 Eggeman Duguid & Company
Toledo, Ohio
Makers of Wall Trunks
 El Paso Trunk Factory
El Paso, Texas
1920s
 Emporium Trunk and Bag Co.
1514 Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois  Blue metal, lock by Eagle
Sent in by Rebecca Haas - thanks a million!
 Enderbrock, F. Trunk Co.
St. Joseph, Missouri, NW Corner of 3rd & Felix Streets 
 Eveleigh
Made in Canada, Sold in New York City 
 Evansville Trunk Co
315 Main Street Evansville, IN 
Thanks to TJ Bynum for this one
 Everwear
established in 1920s, made wardrobes  Founded by Goldsmith, 
along with Neverbreak, Nevermar, and others
Excelsior Trunk Co.
New Jersey
 Faber, H.C. and Sons
Utica, New York
Established September 4, 1883
Most have brass plate on front, some are sole leather
Farel, W.C, & Sons
Only have seen one of these - strange lid configuration
Patented March 1, 1887, Buffalo, NY
Feigenbaum Trunk & Bag Co.
Cleveland, Ohio
(Thanks, Shawna!)
Ferguson, George
trunk maker, 3 Norris’s Alley
(listed as such but in Rose Alley in 1823 dir.)
Shown in 1825 Philadelphia City Directory
 Fibreware Specialty Co.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Some leather trunks
 Forgie Maas & Co.
106 Water Street, Boston 
Makers of Doll Trunks, est. 1868 
 Fox Brothers Trunk Co
Houlton, Maine
Standard Box Trunks with Canvas Covering
Franklin Williams
See also McGee - these two companies shared the same address in Baltimore
Freling, N. M.
"Manufacturer of Trunks and Valises" Kansas City MO
Thanks to Cynthia Wong for sending this one in.
 Fricke, Fred  Maker
No 5 Chicago Street
Elgin, Illinois
Canvas covered box trunks
 Gallacher, James I.
Salt Lake City 
 Gausepol, E. J. & Co.
Hide-covered trunks
40 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis
 Germuiller, F. Trunk Company
Established 1850
Washington, D.C.
 Gimbel Brothers
New York, Paris
Patent dates 1903, 1912
 Gillmore Trunk & Bag Co.
5th Avenue, New York
also 18 Fourth Avenue, Below 8th Street
"Manufacturer of Fine Traveling Trunks, Bags, Satchels, etc."
 Gillmore Trunk Co.
18 Fourth Avenue, Below 8th Street, New York
"Manufacturer of Fine Traveling Trunks, Bags, Satchels, etc."
Girard Trunk & Bag Co.
M. Malamedson & Son. Props
604 W. Girard avenue - 1011 N.6 th st., Philadelphia
Goldberg Brothers
Trunk Manufacturers, 312 Market Street, Philadelphia. 1878 catalog shows Bridal trunks,  Saratoga trunks, Monitor trunks, etc.
Thanks to Marvin of ThisOldTrunk.Com for sending this one in
Goldmsith & Sons
Goldsmith Co.
Made trunks under several trade names, including Neverbreak, Nevermar, Everlast, mostly in the 1910s to 1940s. 
In the 1940s Goldsmith made footlockers under contract to the US Army
Gorman, Charles
Baltimore.
Known for making ornate dresser trunks
Thanks to Andy M. for discovering this company and passing along the info to us.
 Goyard (Edward)
Made in France, often with brass buttons and corners.  Red criss-crossed ribbons on underside of lid 
Gromm, W.F.
Denver, Colorado, founded in 1873 (thanks, Hope!)
Hip-roof style trunks
Groskopf Brothers
Manufacturers of Trunks and Bags
Thought by some to be a retail store only.  No patents.
Grube-Meyering Trunk Co.
Chicago - Made wardrobe trunks in the 1920s
Gufoni, Italy
Located in Firenze
From what we've seen at least part of their business was selling USA-made trunks
which perhaps helps explain how so many immigrants had trunks made in the US.
Thanks to Andy M. for discovering this company and passing along the info to us.
Guggenheim Trunk & Bag Co
Philadelphia - contracted manufacturing to Seward, common trunk styles

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