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Antique c1870 American Dome Topped Saratoga Trunk. Embossed Outer! Look Inside!

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Seller: atticus-eclectica (135) 100%, Location: Dorchester, Dorset, Ships to: GB, Item: 262737814344 Beautiful and rare American, Circa 1870, metal embossed dome top - wood frame trunk Often referred to as a 'Saratoga'Trunk...referencing the fashion for wealthy New Yorkers to display their wealth with elaborately decorated trunks, such as this one, whilst visiting the race track or spa's at Saratoga, New York. The dome shape was popular as it meant that it was guaranteed to be placed on top of a pile whilst being stowedThe trunk has been completely encased in beautifully embossed tin -the centre portions of which have been embossed with a lovely oak leaf and acorn design with 5 point stars and flowers fixed on to the plain areas of tin. The lid, front, back and sides have been strengthened with studded beach straps and the base has two solid wood runners which have small castors that allow the trunk to be rolled left and right.The interior still has the original paper lined tray with hatbox area and separate fastening compartment in the lid with the most lovely painted paper imagery. The paper lining continues to the lower area of the box, which is accessed by lifting out the tray. Considering its age and probable use it is extraordinary that this beautiful paper decoration has survived and that the trunk itself is in such good nick! A real Victorian gem!What a fabulous dressing up box/toy box or blanket box or just a gorgeous storage/tidy away for any room that would be a real decorator's piece.86.5cm wide49cm deep53cm high, rising to 62cmThis lovely trunk ought to get home to the good old USA!! Happy to arrange p&p to the Global Shipping Centre in the UK to begin its journey!...For more local customers...happy to consider delivery within a 30mile radius or up the M3/M27 corridor for a small fee. Please do feel free to ask!...if we can help, we will. If you intend to use a courier, please liaise with us for pick up times.atticus-eclectica Condition: trunk is sturdy and the embossed tin outer is complete. Inside has shelf and is in good used condition. Leather side handles and both missing but metal replacement could be easily fabricated and attached - does not affect appearance but does make the trunk a little awkward to carry. The trunk floor has staining indicating at some point it became quite damp but is dry now - the inner paper is still intact (but stained) the wood floor appears sound and the under layer of tin is still in place. See all photos. Some signs of historic woodworm on the lower runners - looks quite old. I have treated the wood any way as a precaution. One of the small roller castors is missing., Product Type: trunk/blanket box, Original/Reproduction: Original, Brand: Saratoga, Style: nautical, Age: 1800-1899, Material: Wood & Tin

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