BRETTUNS VILLAGE TRUNK SHOP
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REPLACEMENT HANDLES for ANTIQUE TRUNKS


Leather Trunk Handles
All Made in Maine
Leather handles for antique trunks and cases
We also carry metal handles - scroll down the page, please.

Don't miss our new case handles!  TH-17, TH-18, and TH-19,
and now you can cut your own 1" wide handles to the length you need - just see TH-21 below!
Vintage suitcase handlesLeather purse handles and purse straps


Common Trunk Handles  TH-01
Replacement handles for steamer trunkssteamer trunk handles for sale
This is what we call common trunk handles - they are 8 and 3/4 inches long by 1 and 1/4 inch wide and just a hair over 1/8" thick.
Not intended for heavy duty.  The slots are 1 inch long, just right for end caps with or without pins.
We make these in three colors.  This is handle style TH-01, a common two-layer handle.
Need them without slots?  Scroll on down.  These are available in Medium Brown, Dark Brown, or Black.
$12.00 per pair.  Shipping is included for all USA locations.
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Single Layer TH-01NS Handles
Dark Reddish-Brown
Discount trunk handles, steamer trunk handles
Some trunks don't need heavy duty stitched leather handles - you can get by with these single layer handles, cut from 8 oz harness leather (about 1/8" thick), no stitching at all.
We call these TH-01NS and make them in dark reddish brown only (for now).  8 and 3/4 inches long by 1 and 1/4 inch wide.  Priced at $8 per pair, with USA postage included.



Antique trunk handle dimensions

Three-Layer Common Handles  TH-03
Sturdy leather handles for old trunksThree layers of leather     TH-03
These are just like the common handles above, except they are made from three layers of leather.  A bit thicker, just right for heavier trunks.
Available in medium brown, dark brown, or black; same dimensions (8 3/4" by 1 1/4"), same slots.
These are handle style TH-03, we sell them for $14.00 per pair, which includes postage for all USA locations.
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Wide-End Handles Made of USA-Cowhide Leather
Medium Brown, Dark Brown, or Black
TH-02
Wide end leather trunk handlesWide end mushroom trunk handles
This is trunk handle style TH02, useful for wardrobe trunks, older steamer models, and any trunk using a handle bracket instead of an end cap.  Same high quality,
Made-in-Maine construction; these have stitched layers of sturdy cowhide leather.  These measure 9 and 7/8 inch long and the ends are 2 inches wide at the widest point; about 1/4" thick.
Available in Medium Brown, Black, or Dark Brown and believe us when we say the dark brown is dark - it's almost black.
See the picture below for additional dimensions.  The center portion of the strap is 1 and 1/8 inch wide at it's widest point.
These dimensions duplicate the original handles that used to be made by leather shops in Boston and the Big Apple.
TH-02 handles are priced at $17.00 per pair, which includes shipping costs in the USA.  We sell the loops (brackets) for these on our End Caps and Brackets page.

Sturdy leather steamer trunk handles
TH-02  $17.00 per pair

Color

Our Biggest Sellers!
Black, Dark Brown, or Medium Brown Handles with No Slots
Available in Three Layers or Two Layers of Leather
TH-04
TH-04 in black  antique trunk handlesClose up of our trunk handle thickness
Same dimensions (8 3/4" by 1 1/4") as our common slotted handles above (TH-01 and TH-03).
These have no slots and are available in three colors, as shown.  Three layers stitched together, a little over 1/4" thick.  Cover the ends with our endcaps.
8.75 x 1.25 inches  $14 per pair, includes USA shipping.
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Don't Need Them So Thick?
Use our TH-04 2-Layer handles:
Leather handles for vintage trunks
TH-04 2-ply handles are $12 per pair, USA postage included

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How About Just a Single Layer of Leather?
Use our TH-04NS handles
Cheap leather trunk handles
TH-04NS (the NS stands for 'no stitching') single ply handles are $8 per pair, USA postage included
1/8" thick, cut from 8 oz belting leather.
Dark reddish brown only.




Curved Handles for Saratoga Trunks  TH-05
Saratoga trunk handles
arrowhead handles for antique trunksLeather handles for a Saratoga trunkStitched leather trunk handles

In the early to mid-1800s when you wanted a trunk you went to see the saddler in your town.  This person would generally be able to make you a saddle,
just about any type of harness you could dream up, a hat box, or a trunk.  Somewhere in the Philadelphia area (we think) one of these shops started making this type of
curved handle to put on their trunks, and then some shops in other towns copied the pattern, and now, well, I guess we've copied them.
These are very sturdy handles, stitched from three layers of belting leather, and they're big.  11 and 3/8" long overall, from tip to tip. and 4" high.
About 5/16" thick.  Put three nails in each end - that's all there is to it.  Just nail them on nice and flat; the bow part will flex out so that you can slide your hand between the handle and the trunk.
Or nail it on upside down and tell your friends that the trunk is smiling at them (rimshot).  This is a Brettuns Village exclusive - can't get them anywhere else on the planet.
TH-05  Sold per pair
$25.00 per pair, USA shipping included

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These TH-05 handles replace the old originals that looked like this:
Mid-1800s Trunk Handles

Just Right for Saratogas and Jenny Linds
TH-06
Wide end steamer trunk handlesArrowhead handles for antique trunksAntique trunk hardware kit
Style TH-06 is an arrowhead shape, exactly like the original handles on Jenny Lind and many Saratoga style trunks from the early to mid 1800s.  We don't know of
anyone else that offers these handles for sale, they're very difficult to stitch.  We figured it out though.  These are 10 and 1/4" long, from end to end, and about 2" wide at the arrowhead.
Made with three layers of thick leather, the handle is a full 1/4-inch thick.  These attach in a very simple manner - just hammer two or  three trunk nails through the narrow end into the trunk,
then attach a single loop about an inch to an inch and a half behind the arrow head.  The arrowhead end slides back and forth through the loop,
so that the handle can lay flat against the trunk until it's time to lift the trunk, then it slides into the correct position for your hand to get in there.  Miraculous.
These are $24 per pair, postage included for destinations in the USA.
Pair of TH-06 Handles - $24.00  Choose Medium Brown, Dark Brown, or Black.
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Leather trunk and suitcase handles for sale

We also offer a package deal - two handles and two no-pin loops for $30, postage included (USA).
Please note that each handle only gets one loop or bracket - as shown in the photo above on the left.

Pair of TH-06 Handles and Two No-Pin Loops - $30.00

Options



Longer Handles for Larger Trunks
TH-07
Long leather trunk handlesStitched leather trunk handlestrunk handles for sale in three colors
Handle style TH-07, also made right here in Maine by our shop, available in black or the same medium or dark brown color as many of our other handles,
and these are also stitched from three layers of harness leather.  These are 10.5 inches long and 1.25 inches wide,
and about a quarter of an inch thick.  Slots are one inch long, set back from the end of the handle about 1.5 inches.
Useful for many wardrobe-style trunks or larger steamer trunks.
Price includes shipping for USA locations.
TH-07 $17 per pair, or, because these also work well on many wardrobe trunks, you
can also choose to buy one handle at a time ($9 each, USA shipping included)
Color



Another Type of Longer Handle
TH-09
Trunk handles for saleCowhide leather handles for old trunksReplacement handles for old steamer trunks
This is handle style TH-09, made for large wardrobe trunks, large steamer trunks or tool boxes.  Has a sharper point on the end than our style TH-07 (above)
and looks like many of the handles found on Hartmann, Belber, and many other trunks.  Sold singly or in pairs.
These are stitched from 3 layers of harness leather, available in black or medium brown, and measure 10 and 1/4" long by1 and 1/8" wide.
About 1/4" thick.  Distance between the slots is 6" (inside) to 7 and 3/4" (outside), so the pins on your handle brackets should be somewhere in that range for these to fit.
TH-09 Pair of handles  $17, USA shipping included
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Need em quicker?  We can send handles by priority mail so that they reach you in 2 to 3 days.  Costs an extra $5 for each group of  up to 12 handles.
Thought we'd offer this just in case you find yourself in a trunk emergency, short for time, back to the wall, make-it-or-break-it, now or never, do or die, put up or shut up, sink or swim, fish or cut bait - you get the idea.
Can't imagine why you'd need trunk handles on an emergency basis, but never let it be said that we don't try to accomodate your needs here. 

Shorter Handles for Footlockers or Doll Trunks  TH-08
Footlocker handlesHandles for old Army footlockers and trunks
These are stitched from three layers of leather and have 1" long slots cut in them.  The handles are 1.25" wide and 7.5" long.
Available in medium brown and black.  These run about 5/16" thick, which is quite thick for most doll trunks - better suited for use on footlockers.
Handle style TH-08, sold by the pair for $10 which includes postage for all locations in the USA.
TH-08 Handles  $12 per pair
Color



Leather Strap Handles
TH-10
With Attached D-Rings
Replacement parts for old suitcasesSimple leather case handle

Our handle style TH-10 is die cut from a single layer of 8 oz harness leather, medium brown in color, 1.25" wide (the strappy ends are only 11/16" wide) and is about 9.5" long overall.
We attach 1" brass plated steel d-rings to the handle for you using our steel (brass plated) rivets.
The d-rings or loops on your case should be no further than 7" apart for this handle to work.
TH-10 handle with hardware attached
$12 each  USA shipping included


Leather suitcase handleLeather strap handle for casesSuitcase handle hardware


Tapered Leather Handles
TH-12
Straps for antique trunksLeather strap handles for trunks
Our handle style TH-12 is a rectangle of stitched cowhide that measures 9.5 inches long by 1.5" wide (24 cm by almost 4 cm), and its tapered at each end, thickness-wise.
These are meant to be nailed directly to the trunk with no end cap or bracket at all.
About 5/16" thick in the middle, tapering to 1/8" thick at each end.  Stitched with white thread.  Available in Dark Brown or Medium Brown.
TH-12  Sold per pair
$14.00 per pair, USA shipping included
Color

Don't want to use your credit card online?
No problem - you can print out our order form and mail or fax in your order

Big Handles with Wide Ends  TH-13
Big leather handles for trunksLarge handles for old steamer trunksReplacement handle for wardrobe trunk
TH-13 Large wide-end handles are 11 and 7/8" long with a mushroom that's 2 and 1/4" wide at each end.  The neck of the handle, just before the mushroom, is 1-1/4" wide,
and the middle of the handle, at its widest point, is 1-3/4" wide.  Stitched from three layers of heavy harness leather.
Available in Dark Brown, Medium Brown, or Black
Sold per pair or individually (some wardrobe trunks use this style of handle, and only need one handle at the top of the trunk).
Handle Style TH-13  $24 per pair or $14 each, USA shipping included
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European Trunk Handles  TH-14
Replacement handles for Louis Vuitton trunkVuitton leather handles
Leather handle dimensions
TH-14 handles are 11 and 1/4" long with wide ends, similar to the handles used on may European trunks, such as Goyards, Vuittons, and many Swiss trunks.
Dimensions are as shown.  Stitched from three layers of heavy harness leather.  Available in Dark Brown or Medium Brown.
Sold per pair, with USA postage included in the price.
Mount these using the brackets on your trunk, or you can use our no-pin handle loops (LOOP2).
Handle Style TH-14  $28 per pair
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6" handles for Doll Trunks
TH-11
Handles for doll trunksLeather handles for small turnks and boxes
These handles are 6" long and 1" wide, die cut from 6/7 oz harness leather.  The leather is about 1/10" thick.
These can be nailed directly onto small trunks or doll trunks.
TH-11  Sold per pair.  Medium Brown or Dark Brown
$8.00 per pair, USA shipping included
Color


Simple Wide End Strap Handles  TH-15
Leather handles for small boxes and casesSmall leather handle dimensions
TH-15 handles are made from a single layer of heavy harness leather.  Available in Dark Brown or Black.  About 1/8" thick.
Sold individually, with USA postage included in the price.
Mount these using small brackets or nail right through them directly to the case
Handle Style TH-15  $7 each
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Sewing Machine and Typewriter Case Handles   TH-16
Sold per handle, not by the pair
Leather handles for old typewritersSmall leather case handles
These smaller handles are typical for use on old sewing machine cases, typewriter cases, some suitcases, and maybe even a lunch box or two.
Made by stitching too layers of harness leather together.  About 3/16" thick.
Sold individually, with USA postage included in the price.
Mount these using small brackets or nail right through them directly to the case
Handle Style TH-16  $10 each, shipping included for USA locations
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Vintage case hardware
We sell pairs of brackets in bright brass over on our End Caps/Brackets page - look for the TH-16 Brackets or just click here.

Another Small Case Handle   TH-24
Sold per handle, not by the pair
Leather handles for old typewriters or instrument casesSmall leather case handles
Another style of wide end smaller handles, typical for use on old sewing machine cases, typewriter cases, some suitcases, and maybe even a lunch box or two.
Single layer of belting leather, about 9/64" thick (just over 1/8").
Sold individually, with USA postage included in the price.  Brown or black, your choice.
Mount these using small brackets or nail right through them directly to the case.  Our LOOP4 fits but is quite snug.
Handle Style TH-24  $6 each, shipping included for USA locations
Color



CASE HANDLES!
Leather suitcase handlesSuitcase handle dimensions
These fit a lot of old suitcases, artist's boxes, musical instrument cases, and other cases that have 3/4" or 1" wide brackets on them.
TH-18 is 10" long, TH-17 is 9-1/8" long.  Both are stitched from three layers of harness leather and are very sturdy.  Choose medium brown or black.
Sold individually
TH-17  $14 each
TH-18  $15 each
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Replacement leather handles for suitcasesStitched leather handles for old trunks and cases
We sell pairs of brackets in bright brass or bright nickel over on our End Caps/Brackets page - look for the TH-17 Brackets or just click here.

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Handles for Purses, Bags, Carrying Cases, and Long Stuff   TH-19
Leather purse handlesLong leather handles for bags and purses
Made in response to popular demand (two people), Brettuns Village now offers these Made-in-Maine leather purse/bag handles.
Made with a single layer of USA cowhide, medium brown, folded in half and stitched lengthwise around a nylon core that prevents stretching
and gives a round shape to the leather.  Single solid brass rivet at each end to protect the ends of the stitching  - this makes a big difference in
how long a handle like this will last.  The leather is 1-5/16" wide before it gets folded/stitched, and the finished width is 9/16".
Overall length is 25-3/4", length of the stitched portion (rivet to rivet) is 20".  The flat tab at each end is 1-5/16" wide by about 2" long.
You'll need to have a plan for how you intend to attach these to your purse, bag, case, nephew, etc.  The intent was for them to be machine
stitched, but you can stitch them on by hand, or use a combination of glue, rivets, screw posts, etc.  Get creative.
TH-19 handles  $15 each, USA shipping included


Cut Your Own 1" Wide Handles!  TH-21
Leather handlesSeveral colors of leather available
Every now and again we get a request for trunk handles that are 1" wide.  One customer in NY needs handles that are 1" wide and 6-43/64" long; another
customer in Utah needs them 1" wide but 7-13/27ths long, and Charlie out in our work shop says he needs some that are 1" wide and reach from here to there.
Here's our answer - these stitched handles are comprised of two layers of harness leather, and each strap handle is 1" wide by 24" long.  Just cut them to
the length you need.  Well, as long as the length you need is 24" or less.  Available in medium brown, dark brown, or black.  Sold one strip at a time
The ends will likely be hidden under your trunk's end caps - just cut to length, nail them into position, and put the end caps back on.  Bingo.
TH-21 strap handles  $17 each, USA shipping included.  These also make good heavy duty bag or purse handles.
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1" Wide Dark Brown Harness Leather Strips  TH-22
Cut your own straps, handles, lifters, etc
Leather strap handlesharness leather handles
We cut strips of heavy harness cowhide latigo leather 1" wide and either 12 or 18 inches long, so that you can cut
your own smaller handles, lid lifters, straps, etc.  This leather is 8-10 oz harness latigo, between 1/8" and 1/4" in thickness,
dark reddish brown in color.  Choose 12 or 18 inches long
TH-22 strap handles
12" TH-22 $8 each, USA shipping included.
18" TH-22 $10 each, USA shipping included.
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HAND MADE HEART-SHAPED CHEST HANDLES
Black metal trunk handlesHandles for old cases and trunks
Heart shaped handles for trunks
Hand made in the USA by a very talented blackmsith, these are very good reproductions of the handles used by many saddlers and blacksmiths in the USA in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
Set includes two backplates and two handle bails, along with four wire handle holders.  Also included is an instruction sheet that explains how to attach them (it's easy -
drill two holes, stick the connectors through, bend the ends over, put the ends of the handle through the loops, tap into place with a hammer).
What's great about this style is that no nailing is required.  The connectors hold everything together.
Backplates measure about 3.25" wide and 3" tall.  Distance between handle bail holes is 2.25".
Heart Handles
Stock Number CH-99
$60.00



Black or Brass-Plated Steel Tool Chest Handles
Road case hardwareHeavy duty metal handles for large boxesMetal handle dimensions
Black Enameled steel tool chest handles are sturdy and made for heavy lifting.
These handles attach with four nails or screws (not included) and swing upwards until they stick out about 90 degrees from the box.
They measure 3 and 3/8" wide by 1 and 3/4" tall.
Priced per pair, USA shipping included in the price.
The BLACK handles are brand new, not used.
The BRASS PLATED handles are OLD STOCK and are dirty, scratched, marred, aged, etc.  They're old and they look it - not like what the photos above show.
CH-97BLK or CH97 BRS
$20 per pair, USA postage included
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TH-23
Very small metal handles for doll trunks or interior drawers of larger trunks
small handles for doll trunks on sale
These very, very small handles are actually more like drawer pulls, and they're New Old Stock.
We think they were made in the 1940s, but they were never used and we acquired them when an old factory shut down.
Steel handles are plated in either nickel or brass, your choice.  The bar behind the handle/bale is 1-1/2" long,
and the bale itself is about 7/8" by 7/8".  Comes with small backer plate - just push the prongs thorugh your leather and
through the backer plate, then bend the prongs down flat and you, oh great purse fixer, are done.
TH-23, sold in packs of two handles with two backer plates, are $8 each, USA shipping included.


TH-25
Single Layer Strap Handles- Large
Large leather strap handles for bags or casesleather strap handles for sale
Cut form a single layer of sturdy and thick harness latigo leather, our TH-25 is similar to strap handles found on some
shoulder bags, gun cases, and otther cases.  Dimensions as shown, dark, reddish-brown color, about 1/8" thick (8 oz leather).
TH-25, sold individually, are $10 each, USA shipping included.



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