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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
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P through Z (below)

Name
Information
P&S Trunks
Label actually says
“Trunks That Wear, Everywhere” and is yellow
Pacific Trunk Co
Must have been out west
someplace
Paine, J. R. Co
513 Main Street, Cambridge,
Mass  most have rounded tops
Palica, F. J.
“Makers”    
Racine, WI
 Palmer 
Salt Lake City 
“Tack Boxes and Trunks” 
 Parkhurst, J.
F. & Son
Manufactured and Guaranteed
by Parkhurst


Bangor, Maine ( we have
a 1904 catalog from Parkhurst)
Pearson, Thomas
saddler and trunk maker,
24 Shippen Street


Shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory


(Special thanks to Matt
Ainslie for providing info on makers from Philadelphia)
Peddie, C.B. & Co.
Makers of  trunks,
bags, dress suit cases and fine leather goods


689 Broad St. Newark. NJ

(thanks to Deborah Shields
for this one)
 Perkiomen Trunk
& Bag
Wardrobe trunks, Philadelphia 
 Perry, E. and
Co
Prize Winning Trunks 
 Petersburg Trunk
& Bag
Metal tag on top – believed
to be a subsidiary of Seward 
 Pettibone
Maker of Fine Trunks 
 Phillips Trunk
Factory
Supplied some trunks
to Wards for a few years under contract
 Phoenix Trunk
Co
Operated out west for
several years, late 1800s.  They used many swastikas as decoration, 


but keep in mind that this
was way before that symbol was used in Germany.
Plimpton Manufacturing
Co.
See below (Porto)
Pollack, Henry, Trunk
Co
“Polly Brand” trunks,
made in Dallas, TX 
 Porto
Made by Plimpton Manufacturing
Co,


Walpole, Massachusetts

(thanks to Christian for
this one!) 
 Powers, Jacob
Pre-Civil War trunks,
Saddler, Harness Maker


Rockaway, NJ

(thanks, Angie, for sending
us this one!) 
 Prager, J.E.
MFG. Trunks & Bags

717-8th Ave. Cor. 45th St.
New York City 


(thanks to Quinten R. for
finding this maker) 
 Preismeyer Brothers
“All Types of Trunks
Made, Repaired and Sold” 
Quirk, James A.
St Louis, MO  Hump-back
trunks, canvas covering
 Rashkin, Edward
Brooklyn, NY 
 Rauchbach &
Goldsmith
These guys teamed up
to make sturdy trunks in the 1910s-1940s.


Some military footlockers
were also made by this company
Repelow & Son
New York 
 Reynolds, E.D.
Fremont Street, Portland,
Maine


Wide
open mouth
on label
 Rice, Horace
30 Hanover Street, Boston,
offering repair of trunks
Rich, Reed, & Atwood
Boston
Reiger
TJ Bynum tells us: 
Reiger made trunks in the 1870s.


His name was J.H. Rieger,
business directory stated he made 


harness, saddles, trunks
and valises and his business was on 204 Smithfield Street in Pittsburg


Thanks, TJ!
 Rockford
Rockford Trunk &
Leather Co., Rockford, IL 
 Rogers
Rogers Trunks, 5-Ply,
Genuine tin-covered dome tops
Rogers and Madison
R&M Trunk Corp,
Petersburg, VA (somehow related to Sewards?)
Romadka
Makers of the famous
Romadka Ready Access Trunks, some patents in 1904
Roos, Ed
Forest Park, IL, amker
of cedar chests. 


Thanks to Christine Shugarman
for sending this link
to additional information
Rose, DE
DE Rose Trunk Co., American
Beauty trunks, Los Angeles, CA
Roulstone, G.
Trunks, Military items,
caps, belts, etc.  7 Tremont Street, Boston  mid 1800s
Rountree, HW
HW Rountree & Brothers,
patent dates of March 12, 1889 and May 2, 1892
Royal
“Well Made Trunks to
Travel the Globe” early 1900s
Runcie, S. Henry
Buffalo, NY.  We
have an old letter that’s dated 1881, so Runcie goes back at least that
far.
S&S Trunk &
Bag
S&S stood for ‘Service
and Strength’  Philadelphia
Sage Trunk
Sage Trunk & Leather
Goods, Boston, early 1900s automotive trunks
Sales, Julian
Leather goods and trunks,
early 1900s, wardrobe trunks.  Toronto
San Antonio Trunk Factory
F. L. Simon, Proprietor 
514 East Houston Street.  New Phone 1294


Professional trunks, all
styles, made to order
San Antonio Leather
Co
Hong Kong
 Saratoga Trunk
Co
Rumored to be from Saratoga,
NY
 Sawyer, Asa
Bangor, Maine – all
manners of trunks repaired or constructed to customer specifications
 Scherr, George
Wooden tool boxes to
suit the tradesman
 Schmilowitz, H
“Trunks, Bags, and Suitcases”
on their label.


Third Avenue – probably
NYC but can’t read the label.


Thanks to Andy M for sending
this one in.
 Scherr, George
Wooden tool boxes to
suit the tradesman
 Schmit Brothers
Wardrobe and more modern
trunks, based in Wisconsin  – changed name to Eagle
Schuff, Jacob J.
46 Forth Ave and 44th,
Union Square, NY Ladies and Gents Traveling Trunks & European Dress
Trunks
Schussler
Sent in by B. Strong: 
SCHUSSLER (Sp?), worked for TAYLOR for 25 years and continued under his
own name when Taylor closed.


My father-in-law was a Circus
Clown, when he ordered a trunk from Taylor, he received a letter from Schussler.
 Secor, M. M.
Probably made more trunks
than just about any other company, based in Racine, WI, patent dates starting
in the 1880s.  Established 1861.  Had a salesroom at 240 Adams
Street in Chicago.
Seneca Trunk Co
Standard trunks, rounded
front edges on many of them.
Seward Trunk & Bag
Co
If anyone could give
Secor a run for the money in terms of the sheer number of trunks made,
Seward would be it.  Huge factory in Petersburg, VA.  Still in
business today – check the footlockers at your local WalMart.
Sheldon and Colton 
Saddle, harness and
trunk makers, Main St., Hartford,CT  Also military equipments of all
kinds. 


This as the label reads.
It’s a small domed top trunk or soldiers foot locker decorated with brass
tacks . I know the company was in business in 1824 as Harriet Beecher [Stowe]
went to school in a room over this shop.


Thanks to Dewey for sending
this one in
Shwayder 
Founder of Samsonite. 
Maker of automotive trunks to fit on Model A Fords, among other types of
trunks and cases. 
 Siders, Henry
No. 9 Old State House,
Boston.  “Saddles, bridles, harnesses, trunks, and caps as cheap as
can be purchased in Boston.”  Started around 1804
 Soule, William
Boston 
 South Brothers
1916-1920, 700 Austin
Street, Waco, TX 
SOTCO
 (Thanks to Lynda
Maymon for sending this info)  est. in 1890, NewYork, USA 


Label says:  THIS TRUNK
IS GUARANTEED… BUILT OF BASSWOOD BOUND TO WEAR 
Spaulding
“Genuine Hard Vulcanized
Fiber”
Spahr, OJ
O.J. Spahr-Saddler and
Carriage Trimmer, Factory Street, between First and Second Streets. This
establishment was started in 1878 by Brendt & Spahr, which partnership
dissolved in February 1883, Mr. Spahr ws a native of Pennsylvania, where
he was born in 1843. He carried a full line of ready-made work in light
and heavy harness, collars, halters, whips, blankets, trunks, harness oils,
nets, etc.  Thanks to TJ Bynum for sending this one in and to the
Canal-Dover, OH Historical Society.
Springfield Trunk Factory
Springfield, MO 
 St Paul Trunk
Co.
St Paul, MN
 Stallman, F. A.
Colombus, OH. 
Dresser, theatrical, and commercial trunks


Best known for their dresser
style trunks
 Standard
The Standard Red Cedar
Chest Co,


From Kathleen:  Please
note that the plant was in Altavista, Virginia from March 1912 until 2001
when Lane closed the plant and moved it to Tupelo, Mississippi
Steiger
Wardrobe trunks, 1920s
and 30s
 Stewart Trunk

Stewart & Munt
Portmanteaus, bonnet
boxes, and traveling bags.  6 North Street, Belfast


Petersburg, VA
Steiger
Wardrobe trunks, 1920s
and 30s
 Stewart Trunk
Portmanteaus, bonnet
boxes, and traveling bags.  6 North Street, Belfast


Petersburg, VA
Summers, John C.
St. Louis Trunk Manufactory. 
1881 Catalog. Trunks & Valises, 837 & 839 S. Fifth Street, St.
Louis, Mo. 


Large variety of fancy leather
and metal covered trunks, sole leather trunks, and toy trunks! 


Thanks to marvin of ThisOldTrunk.Com
for sending this one in
 Supreme
Supreme Union Trunk
& Bag Co, maker of wardrobe trunks in the 1920s 
 Taylor
C.A. Taylor Trunk Works

Maker of high-end trunks,
very well made, and also held patents on many 


types of trunk parts that
were used by several companies. 


“Makers of the Celebrated
Taylor XX Professional Trunks”


130 West Madison Street,
Chicago (also on E. Randolph Street)


(see Schussler above for
additional information)
 Taylor
(may be same as above
– not sure) – Taylor Trunk Co, Louisville, KY 


and New York 111285
Thomsen, C. F. Co.
130 Superior Street,
Cleveland  1861 – 1875
 Toledo Cooker
Co.
Didn’t really make true
traveling trunks – maker of oak boxes for food service
Topeka Trunk Co
Topeka, KS
 Topham, James
S.
Trunks, traveling bags,
Washington, DC 
 Totty Trunk Co
Cabinet Robe Trunks,
Virginia (made wardrobe trunks in early 1900s) 
Trees, Samuel &
Co, Ltd.
STACO Brand wardrobe
trunks, made in Canada
 Tronick

Tronick MacKenzie
Maker of some trunks
sold through Sears (?) and many styles of fine trunks, tool boxes, tackle
boxes, etc.


A very cool website with
company history is right
here
Truesdale, J. &
Son
Manchester, NH, incorporated
1894
 Trunk & Bag
Workers


International Union
Organized December 26,
1895


Factory #51
 Tuerke Trunks
Baltimore, usually have
a breass tag on top 
 Union Supreme
Sometimes called Supreme
Union,maker of wardrobe trunks in the early 1900s 
 United States
Trunk Co
Mass produced fiber
trunks, low cost, plants in Chicago and Mass. 
 Vanderman Mfg
Maker of strong boxes
and tool boxes, very heavy duty,


still in business as Nesci
Enterprises
 Victor
U.K., “The British Manufacturer
of Trunks”
 Virginia Trunk
& Bag
Petersburg, VA, maker
of the Dreadnaught Trunk line 1910-1940
 Vogler, H &
Cos 
223 Alamo Plaza, San
Antonio, TX


Thanks to Andy M for sending
this one to us
 Vuitton, Louis
Some French guy, made
some trunks and a handbag or two.


OK, just kidding – an amazing
company, still in business with a great
website
.
 Wagener &
Rusche
Manufacturers and Dealers
in Trunks, Valises, Carpet Bags


Cincinatti  Thanks
to Lee Clark,  Jr. for sending this one in.
 Walsh, Harold
NY, didn’t make trunks,
just sold trunks made by others from his shop in the Big Apple.
 Walsh, C. &
Sons
Sole Leather trunks,
mid 1800s –  found one dated 1870 
 Walsh, Harold
NY, didn’t make trunks,
just sold trunks made by others from his shop in the Big Apple.
 Walton Trunk Co
Might have been a store
– tag found on a Leatheroid trunk by website visitor DeborSoile
 Ward, Charles
C.
NYC, fiber board trunks
with ornate fittings
Weightman’s Trunk

Factory
Reading, PA.  Made
many alligator-pattern trunks for the Sears catalog
Weisman Trunk & 

Luggage Co
New York City
Well-en
Makers of wardrobe trunks,
New York
Wenters
London Made Trunks
Wesley & Johnson
120 Crown Street, New
Haven, CT (retailer only?)
Western Grip & Trunk
Co
Milwaukee, maker of
wardrobe trunks around 1916


Also, as sent in by Jim
Rouse (thanks!)


“Western Grip & Trunk
Co.  -1914-    Guaranteed Holeproof Trunk  
Any part broken within 2 years will be replaced or repaired free when shipped 
prepaid to our works at Milwaukee, Wis.”
Wheary Trunk Co
A large company, manufactured
in several locations.  Ran a store inside the Empire State Building
for many years.  Made the transition from trunks to suitcases when
America started traveling by plane.
White, R.H. & Co
Boston, also White Trunk
& Bag, 1917, Nashville, TN
 Whittle Trunk
& Bag Co
Knoxville, TN, makers
of the “Cedarobe” trunk 
 Whitney, D.D.
& Co
423 S. Spring Street,
Los Angeles.  Telephone Main 203


“Sample Trunks & Cases
a Specialty”
 Wichita Trunk
Co
Kansas   
Metal oval tag on top of trunk


Sent in by Merle – thanks!
Wilkins Trunk Co.
Label inside states: 
operated from 1902 to 1989 in downtown Dallas, TX


Thanks, Geneva, for sending
this one to us!
 Williams, Franklin
& Co
Baltimore, dome top
trunks


No 106 North Howard Street,
Between Fayette & Lexington
Wilson & Bowker
180 Lincoln Street,
Boston
 Williams, Franklin
& Co
Baltimore, dome top
trunks


No 106 North Howard Street,
Between Fayette & Lexington
Wilson & Bowker
180 Lincoln Street,
Boston
Wilt, Charles T.
180 Wabash, Chicago. 
Patent numbers from US & Canada


also 42 Madison, Chicago. 
Bridal Trunks a Specialty
 Winship, H.A.
Trunks, Bags, etc.,
GAR supplies, horse equipment for let, Worsted bags & shawls a specialty. 


Three known locations in
Boston, our opinion is that the company later moved to Utica, NY 


Here
are some Winship labels and tags that may be helpful
 Wolfe, Charles
W.
New York, wardrobe trunks 
 Wood Luggage

Louisville, KY, 1920s-1950s; traveling trunks, sample cases, wardrobe cases, and postal sacks. 1114 – 1116 S Oldham St

Thanks to Jim Wood for sending this one in!

 Woolett, R. N. 
Minneapolis 
 Young, Homer
Toldeo, Ohio  1904 
steamers, wall trunks 

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