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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

A
through G

P
through Z

Name
Information
H and M Trunks &
Suitcases
“Made in California

A Home Product”

(Believed to be Herckert
& Meisel)
Hadley & Farmers
Trunk Makers, NY, NY,
est. 1850
Haines, George
Pittsburgh, est. 1904

Friendly website visitor
Bob Lloyd writes:


I have a flat top trunk
that has a metal tag and a paper tag that says Geo.S. Haines Co. Pittsburgh
established 1874 


(note:  Maybe this
was George Sr, then the 1904 date was Junior – just a guess)
Hamilton, Alexander 
trunk-maker 348 N Front
Street


Shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory


(Special thanks to Matt
Ainslie for providing info on makers from Philadelphia)
Harband Brothers

(or Julius Harband)
According to the 1903
San Francisco business directory, the company was by then called Harband
Brothers 


and was manufacturing trunks
at 3253 Folsom St in San Francisco


Thanks to Robert Arnold
for sending this one along.
Hartmann Co.
Still in business today. 
Established in 1877.  Now based in Tennessee. 


Visit
their website
Haskell Brothers
Chicago, sole leather
trunks and standard travel trunks.


See some old ads here.
Hathaway, Thomas
Broad Street, Boston
Hawthorn & Sons
Makers, Walnut Street,
Philadelphia
Hazelton, Isaiah
trunk m�r, George Street
above 11th Street (listed as such but in Bank Street in 1823 dir.)


Shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory
Headley & Farmer

Had a store or shop
on Astor Place in New York City, started in 1842

Often uses brass tags on
top of their trunks.  Made cabin trunks and other styles
Herckert & Meisel
Trunk Co.
910 Washington Avenue,
St. Louis, also in California


May 20, 1929
Hercules Trunks
Made by Standard Fiber
Co in the early 1900s
Hibbard, W. R. &
Co.
Manufacturers of Ladies
Satchels, and Dealers in Leather Bags


and First Class Travelling
Requisites


345 and 346 Notre Dame Street,
Montreal


Thanks to Shelley for reminding
us to add old man Hibbard to the list
 Hickman
Plain label with this
name – maker or reseller?  No idea 
 Hill, James R.
153 Main Street, Concord,
NH 
 Hirschfelder and
Meaney
36 Battery Street, San
Francisco


“Guaranteed Unbreakable”
 Hodge, Levi W.
Nashua, NH

“Saddles, Trunks, Harnesses
Made and Repaired”
 Hovey, A J
“Hats, Robes, &
Trunks”


Lyons, NY
Hoyes, George S.
44 and 46 Union Square
East, New York City


Thanks to David Byers up
in Ontario for sending this one in
 Hughes, JR &
Co.
Showroom at 40 N. High
Street, Columbus, OH


Patented 1897  Brass
oval nameplate, jar holders in trunk
 Hugo, Jacobi
Dresden, Germany

Arrowhead-shaped handles
 Hulbert Brothers
Trunks & Bags

Repairing a Specialty –
also (thanks, Jean!) Fine trunks, suitcases and bags our specialty
Hutchinson & Hawes
Harness makers, Merrimack
Street, Lowell, Mass. Have no idea of the date, but paperwork inside 9scraps
of old receipts, etc.) are dated anywhere from 1832 to late 1800s.


Kay Soldier, Historian/Curator,
Windham, Maine Historical Society (Thanks, Kay!)
Independent Trunk &
Bag Co
Makes of the “Dependo”
trunk – wardrobe style


Petersburg, VA – perhaps
related to Seward in the same town
 Indestructo Trunk
Co.
Patent dates 1922-1925

Mishawaka, IN (National
Veneer Products Co)


Most of their trunks were
numbered, 


but nobody can find the
registration
list
Innovation Trunk Co.
Wardrobe style trunks
from the early 1900s, with ‘bulges’ on top and side 


to avoid stacking. 
Logo –
INNOVATION
Inshured
Wardrobe-style trunk
(thanks to Tim Raglin for this one)
Jackaberry Trunk Co.
Cleveland, OH
 James – Dunn Box
Co.
Newark, NJ 
 Johns, R.H.
Galveston, TX trunk
factory
 Karri-Keen Co.
Sioux City, IA

Made crates, boxes, trunks,
cases under many contracts
 Kaufman &
Strauss
75th and Duane St, New
York


To tell you the truth we
believe this company was in the business of printing colorful lithographs
and labels –


we don’t believe they made
trunks at all.  Everything we’ve found on these two guys suggests
they were printers.  Darn it.
Kelley, Robert

Kelley, Thomas
trunkma�r 57 S Front
Street 


shoe & trunk sto[re],
70 High Street. 


Both shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory
 Kellogg &
Clark, Makers
13 Court Street, Boston

Established 1836, Makers
of fine cases, trunks, and militaria
 Kleler’s Trunk
& Bag Co.
Wardrobe trunks, Pennsylvania
Kneessi

K. Kneessi’s Sons
Kaspar Kneessi and his
sons made trunks, luggage, saddles, etc  – anything in leather from
the 1860s up til the late 1920’s. 


From the 1900s on, they
did retail other vendors products as well but they always made their own
stuff. Based in Wash., DC


 Contact the grandson
of the founder by e-mail


Additional information available
here
 Knobel Bothers
Superbilt Trunks (wardrobes)
made from vulcanized fibre 
 Krupp, JF
Peoria, IL 
 Kuntzendorf, C.
Chicago 
 Lang, DC &
JH
WHOLESALE MANUFACTURERS
OF


TRUNKS, TRAVELING BAGS,
ETC.


519 Main Street, FOND DU
LAC, WIS.


Thanks to Mike Gerstbauer
for sending this one in
 Lange, Ernst
German trunks with ash
runners 
Langmuir
A prolific trunk maker
with some operations in NJ but based in Canada. 


Frank Langmuir held a few
patents for the company’s own design of trunk hardware pieces.

 Lansing Wheelbarrow
Co
Slight dome trunks

Mr. Sparrow, President,
A.C. Stebbins, Secretary and Gen. Mgr.
 Laub Brothers
Baggage Makers, Louisville,
KY, wardrobe trunks


1867 on handle
 Leatheroid Manufacturing
Co
Locations in Philadelphia,
New York City, and Kennebunk, Maine


Patents begin in 1892
 S. Levy Co
“S. Levy Trunks and
Satchels, Memphis, Tenn. established 1845”


Thanks to Henry Roye, PE,
for sending this one in.
 Libbey, Isaac
Rochester, New Hampshire
“Near the fairgrounds” 
 Liebermann Trunk
Co.
Leather goods, trunks. 
Special thanks to Ken Roubal for the following info:


The company was originally
in Saginaw but the owners moved to Lansing in 1931.  Here is a link
to an old
article
about the owners and their business

 Likly, Henry
Rochester, NY, est.
1844.  Most early trunks were black on the outside
Likly, McDonald &
Rockett
Trunk Manufacturers,
122, 124 & 126 Superior St., Cleveland, Ohio


Still in business:

Likly-Rockett Luggage Co. 

Phone Number :   
(419) 522-5312


 39 N Mulberry St

    Mansfield,
OH 44902
 Lorenz, William
Label says “Maker” and
not much else


Minneapolis
 Lowell Trunk Co.
Lowell, MA “Established
1881, P. F. Devine, Prop.” 
Los Angeles Trunk Co.
“Union Made”
 Luce Trunk Co
The “Stateroom” model,
with many numbers stamped on it 


Luce was located at 722
main St in Kansas City, MO (and we know that thanks to Jan Becker – thanks,
Jan!)
 Lutz & Co.
“Trunks Made with Stacking
Trays” 
 Maas & Co.
Thanks to Susan Traversy
for sending this one in:


We have a doll size dometop
/ camelback trunk withn the label of 


E.MAAS manufacturer and
dealer in Trunks and Bags Ladie’s Worsted Bags and Shawl Straps Made To
Order 


A fine line of Pocket Books
& Umbrellas on Hand All Kinds Of Repairing Neatly And Properly Done 


191 TREMONT STREET Corner
Boylston Street BOSTON.


 There is a leafy scroll
border typical of the 1850s to 1880s. It has a fitted interior with wall
paper and a green painted canvas cover with wood slats.
 MacKenny, G. E.,
Manufacturer
Chattanooga, TN
Mahlman, Charles 
“Trunks, Satchels, &
Traveling Bags” 


32 Pike Street, Covington,
KY 
Mahlon, Philip
trunk maker, 86 Plum
Street Shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory
 Maidrite Trunk
Co
Wardrobe trunks, some
with production ID numbers 
 Maier, Martin
& Co
55 Monroe Ave, Detroit 
Established 1865


Later moved to 102 Woodward
Avenue


“Full Line of Sample Trunks”
 Malm, C.A., 
& Co.
Established in 1900,
San Francisco 
 March, Nathaniel
“Producing Trunks, saddles,
parade gear, hats, and harnesses of all types, since 1809 in downtown Portsmouth,
New Hampshire” 
Marhoff, H.H.
Omaha, NE, 1880s. 
Thanks to John Oudyn for this link:


Marhoff
 Marshall Field
This retailer may have
produced their own trunks, but it is widely believed that they contracted
them out. 


Some Marshall Field trunks
are fitted with tags from Hartmann, OshKosh,  Langmuir, and others.


Barb sent us en e-mail to
let us know that her Marshall Field trunk has a Henry Likly label on it. 
Thanks, Barb!
 Martins, A. G.
A store in Para, Brasil,
where trunks made in the USA were sold (A Mala Americana!).


Thanks to Barb Ballard for
this discovery!
 Maud, William
H.
Established 1850, Salem,
Massachusetts


“Hide-covered trunks of
the highest quality and craftmanship”
 McBrine, L. Co,
Ltd.
Kitchner, Canada

Lock is stamped “EA Mahon,
Montreal”
McCabe-Bierman Wagon
This company became
McCabe Powers Carriage/Body Company.


Full history available here:powers
McCarthy, G.W
“Trunk & Bag Manufacturer,
Latest Novelties, Repairing Neatly Done”


313-315 Fulton Street, Brooklyn,
NY
McDonald
No. 44 School Street,
Boston MA  (mid 1800s)


Thanks, Scott!
 McGee, John 
“Manufacturer of Trunks,
Ladies Satchells, etc.”


108 No. Howard Street, Baltimore

Was either bought by Franklin
Williams or vice-versa – 


the two companies used the
same address.
 McKeever, Thomas 
“Trunk Maker 

1144 Broadway Near 26th
St. New York


Ladies’&Gent’s trunks,
traveling bags, satchels &c.


Repairing done and covers
made to order”


Thanks to Kristi D. for
sending this one in
McLeod
Montreal – made trunks
under several different names, including McLeod-Hawthorne and McLeod-Shotton,
and finally just plain old McLeod. 
 McLean, Daniel
& Son
Nova Scotia

“Makers of all types of
leather goods”
 McNamara, J.H.
Trunk Co.
Chicago  
Metal tag on lid, paper label inside
 McReeney &
Co.
34th Street and 5th
Avenue


Retailer of wardrobe trunks
– we don’t believe they actually made their own trunks
 Meek, A. E.
“Located in the center
of Denver” 
 Meisel
St Louis, made wardrobe
trunks in the 1920s and 30s 
 Mendel Trunx
Mendel made trunks with
several partners, including Mendel-Drucker, Hartmann, and others. 
Famous for his wardrobe ‘Trunx’
 Meyering Trunk
Co.
Chicago – may have made
trunks for Sears 
 Minson, F.B.
Yorktown, VA “FB Minson,
Maker” 
 Miller, R. L.
Trunk Factory – Saginaw,
Michigan (always had many compartments
 Molloy, George
Manufacturer and Seller
of Trunk of All Types 
 Monitor Auto Trunk
Co
New York (picture of
the ship Monitor on label) 
 Monson, John
Fargo, ND

Sent in by helpful website
visitor Marie B.  Thanks!
 Moore, J. Co
Worcester, MA 
 Morrison, L.E.
and Co.
Beehive Trunk Co (brass
tag) 


Thanks very much to A. Klinker
for finding this info:

It was L. E. Morrison’s conviction
that citizens of every town, like Indianapolis, needed protection from
the elements. To encourage this, Morrison sold them with rain coats, rubber
boots and shoes. In 1877 he purchased his stock of merchandise in Boston,
where he had received his training and experience at the American Rubber
Company, and founded his own rubber company in Indianapolis at age 23. 
Morrison first established his business on the edge of the shopping district
at the Bates House, on the corner of Illinois and Washington Street–known
today as Claypool Courts. His rent was $60.00 a month. He could have rented
a space where the L.S. Ayres store was eventually built for $100.00 a month,
however, he thought he would save some money at Bates House. He soon discovered
he needed to be closer to the center of town. In 1897 he moved to 36 West
Washington Street. He was there for 27 years until he moved to 27 West
Washington street. In 1925 he opened a branch on 18 North Pennsylvania
Street.   In 1890 he began to add leather goods to his shop–it
soon became the shop’s specialty. At the turn of the century he perceived
a change occurring in buying patterns. Customers were beginning to demand
more luxury items then practical items. For instance, travel became more
common. Consequently, the need for luggage and trunks increased. To accommodate
this need Morrison stocked his store with an assortment of leather goods,
luggage, and trunks. Sometime in the 1920s he discontinued his line of
rubber items. Future generations carried on the business, which in1955
was still going strong. 
 Mortimer, George
& Co
New York – Label states:

“Sample Trunks, Bags, Cases
and Leather Goods for Clothiers, Jewellers, Undertakers, and Hardware Dealers”


Thanks to Gordon Hoseason
for sending this one in!
 Moyle’s Trunks


Travelling Bags
Savanah, GA
 Multnomah Co
“Man-Proof” wardrobe
trunks, Portland, OR
 Murphy’s Trunks,
Cases, & Bags
“The Best Baggage Built”
Always Guaranteed, St Louis


A little more information
is available here
 Musgat, John
Trunks, Satchels, and
Harnesses


Fon Du Lac, WI years of
operation 1860 – 1889
Nash
The label inside the
lid says:  �From Nash�s Trunk Factory, Trunks, Suit Cases and Bags,
All Prices. 419 Jackson St.    Sioux City, IA�


Thanks to Katrin Deeg for
sending this one in.
 National Veneer
Products Co
Mishawaka, IN  
Makers of Indestructo Trunks from 1903 to 1925


Most of their trunks were
numbered, 


but nobody can find the
registration list
National Trunk &
Bag Co.
Newark NJ.  Label
also states “NONBREAKABLE”.  Appears to be 1920’s – 30’s era, black
metal exterior with leather cross-straps and brass corners. 


Sent in by Steve Johnson. 
Thanks very much, Steve.


See also Nonbreakable Trunk
Co below
 Neat, Nathan
Washington Street, Boston

Established 1825, disappeared
about 1885. 


Many of their trunks were
black or red.
 Neverbreak Trunk
Co
One of many name brands
made and sold by Goldsmith


Newark, NJ
 WH Newton &
Son


Professional Trunks
Thanks to Keith Allison
for sending this one in:


I was looking on your list
and did not see Newton Armored Trunks. I have one. Address was Newton and
Son 80 ELM ST Cortland, NY and later


W.H. Newton and Son Professional
Trunks 121 Elm St Cortland, NY. Thanks, Keith Allison!
 New England Trunk
Co
Makers of MaidRite trunks
in the 1920s and 1930s
 Durobilt

By New Jersey Trunk Co.
Wardrobe trunks, 1920s or so

Newark, NJ

Thanks to Sommer for sending this one in!
Nonbreakable Trunk Co.
“My grandfather started
a trunk and luggage manufacturing business Nonbreakable Trunks and Luggage
after coming from 


Russia after the turn of
the century.  It existed in Manhattan and then in the Bronx until
the 70’s” Eileen Lichtenthal 


Thanks very much for this
information, Eileen
Nonrinkle Trunk Mfg
Co.
(Sent in by Georgia
Rodriguez, one of our favorite customers)


Colorado City, CO 
Looks like a wall trunk
 Oklahoma Trunk
Mfg Co
Tulsa, OK  
from the 1920s we believe
 Omaha Trunk Factory
Omaha, Nebraska 
Hinges were horseshoe shaped, tin plate on lid
 Orenstein Trunk
Co
Deluxe BestBilt Model  
Newark, NJ
 OshKosh Trunk
Co
Huge manufacturer of
trunks and suitcases in the early and mid 1900s.   Had a product
line of over 2,000 items.  Went out of business for good in 1974


Read more here
Overing, John
trunk maker, corner
of N. Juniper Street and Lambert Street


Shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory
 Overland Trunk
Co
Maker of wardrobe trunks
in New York City  1920s 
 
 

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