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17th Century English Leather Travel Trunk on Later Stand

About the Item

This interesting period trunk, circa 1680-1700 is constructed of wood that has been banded in iron then covered with embossed leather and brass tacks and spandrels creating a decorative and strong travel box for a gentleman’s possessions. The trunks decorative elements contain birds, squirrels, flowers and arabesques. All the edges are bound in iron and there is iron strapping under the leather to reinforce the frame. With large locks, the truck would have spoken to a gentleman's status when he traveled. The interior is lined with what we believe to be almost its original certainly 18th-century paper showing its long service as a travel and storage truck. The stand made in the 1920s to more fully appreciate the trunk is in walnut and was custom-made to set the trunk on. The Stand has some gilded and polychromed shield decorative elements lining up with the lock plates and are present on three sides of the stand. The style of the stand is a combination of Jacobean and Elizabethan forms but works well with the trunk and was most likely made in England before the piece was imported to this country. The piece would look great at the end of a bed and is large enough to house bedclothes or whatever a client might need. Condition Disclosure: While we do our best to carefully inspect and give a full report on the condition of any item we sell, pointing out any repairs or alterations that may have been done to the best of our knowledge, as is the case with any antique and vintage item, there is a possibility that at some point in the life of the piece that there may have been damaged which has been professionally repaired and as such a repair undetectable, it is therefore impossible for us to disclose... we recommend that you also read and agree to the 1st dibs user agreement, particularly sections 9,13,15,18,19 and 27
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 32.25 in (81.92 cm)Width: 43 in (109.22 cm)Depth: 22.25 in (56.52 cm)
  • Sold As:
    Set of 2
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Leather,Wood,Embossed
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1680-1700
  • Condition:
    Additions or alterations made to the original: later stand. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. Condition is very good considering its age. Some splitting to leather but all intact and in place , all iron end plates complete and all spandrels in place with latches and structure in good order. The stand has a freshly waxed surface and is in good.
  • Seller Location:
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU81136648243
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