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ANTIQUE Wardrobe Trunk dresser collector prop~~~RARE fancy~~~TITANIC type
 

ANTIQUE Wardrobe Trunk dresser collector prop~~~RARE fancy~~~TITANIC type

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USA Excelsior 53230Wardrobe TrunkPATD Dec 18, 1923Wardrobe Trunk History: Wardrobe trunks are basically like a mobile clothes dresser and closet. These typically have several drawers on one side and clothes hangers on the other side but there are several fancier models. These didn't really come on the scene until about 1900 and then really became very popular from the 1910's to the early 1950's. The MW trunk catalog of 1897 didn't even contain wardrobe trunks but had all other styles. Then after about 1910 all the trunk companies made or carried wardrobe trunks. Most were made between about 1920 and the 1940's by a couple dozen large companies in the U.S. Several lock companies make trunk locks for these, but they didn't make the trunks. There were many models of wardrobe trunks with different features including expanding clothes racks, hat cases, ironing boards and irons, fold down desks, shoe cases, clothes bags, lights, etc.. Some were fairly simple but others were quite elaborate with many drawers and compartments, fold up tops, mirrors, and revolving stands. Nearly all wardrobe trunks came complete with wooden clothes hangers and tie down straps inside. They ranged in size from the smaller compact models to huge trunks the size of phone booths or larger. I wonder how many people it took to move some of these enormous trunks, especially loaded with clothes! researchers claim more patents were issued for wardrobe trunks than any other trunk style. Companies all over the United States and also in Europe made wardrobe trunks. Some wardrobe trunks have labels from the maker. Now and then, I still see a wardrobe trunk with no maker's label on it. This could be because these trunks were often made to be sold by furniture and retail luggage stores who sometimes put their own labels on them. While a few wardrobe style trunks were patented and made prior to 1900, the majority were made between 1920 to the 1940's. Some of the earlier wardrobe trunks were canvas or leather covered wood, however most wardrobe trunks were plywood covered in vulcanized fibre and painted in a variety of colors. Vulcanized fibre was a hard waterproof material similar in look to formica, but more flexible and not as glossy. Most wardrobe trunks made after 1900 had brass plated hardware, but a few were made with solid brass hardware, which is fairly rare to find. (If a magnet sticks, it's not solid brass) The lining of wardrobe trunks varies from paper covered, to cloth, linen, and even silk on high end models.
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