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Traveling chest? [Oct. 29th, 2007|06:58 pm]
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I got this beauty for a pittance at a local second hand store. As far as I can judge it's a simple, solid traveling chest, What has me stumped is how old it can be. The lid chain looks fairly new, and could have been fitted there recently. The sidehandles I don't understand at all; I've never seen anything like them. The metal bonds could be aluminum perhaps; I have a barrel with similar metal strips, and there's no rust there either. Perhaps some mix of,metals?


Anyway, can anyone make an educated guess as to this chest's AGE?


[User Picture]From: nefri
2007-11-01 03:47 pm (UTC)
i have a few old chests, one from 1865 (camelback of metal and wood, very fancy), one from the 30's (all wood, rope handles - depression era) and one that I just got that looks just like this one... i got it at an estate sale just the other day... and I am guessing that its from the 40's or 50's... my guess is based on the non-decorativeness of the metal, the fact that metal was used at all, and the fact that the paint is not milkpaint. Its not small enough to have been used on the back of a carriage (I dont think... this is a guess), and not fancy enough to have been used for victorian luggage.
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