antique Chinese traveling trunk wrought iron locking mechanism handles rattan

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Seller: ballstatebaseball (2,369) 99.7%, Location: Carol Stream, Illinois, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 223239166680 This auction is for an old Chinese traveling trunk. In terms of age and what the exact origin is and what is was used for I am going off of what the research I found. I have seen two of these. One was in a private collection and one was in a museum. Both were nearly identical to mine. I was told it was likely from the 1700's from China and was used to transport item while traveling. That is why there is the wrought iron locking mechanism on the front. The piece measures approx. 24.5 inches wide, by 18 inches deep by 24 inches tall. It is made out of woven rattan and wrought iron handles, hinges, and locking mechanism. Again the above information is from the research I have done and I am not certain on the age, origin, purpose, etc. A very nice piece. The one I saw in a private collection they put a piece of glass on top and used it for an end table. It looks stunning in their decor even though they have no other Asian pieces in the house. In terms of condition it shows wear expected with age and use. The top has some splitting around the edges which I would assume makes the top not able to hold a lot of weight. But if you put a piece of glass on top that would sit on the rim then it could easily hold a lamp and other end table decorations. A very cool piece and if anyone has any extra information I would be very interested in it. Please check over the photos for condition with the age and use it will have some wear but the patina and look is quite amazing especially the locking mechanism. I am assuming that they would have put a lock through the three pieces to keep it safe while traveling but I do not have the lock or rope or twine they would have used for the final enclosure. I hope that made sense. Thank you again for looking and please email for any questions, thoughts, etc. Thank you Condition: overall wear from age and use, some separating on the top (lid) check photos and description, Type: Baskets, Primary Material: rattan, Age: Pre-1800, Region of Origin: China, Original/Reproduction: Antique Original

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