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Object ID # 1959.002.055
Object Name Trunk
Title 19th-Century Trunk
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description A large 19th-century trunk for textile storage. The trunk has a domed top, and is covered with paper and strapped with wood and metal. The top has four metal straps running the length of the chest. Those on the end cover the edges. The top also has four wooden straps running the width of the chest, over the metal strapping. At the end of each strap and at each corner is a stamped metal cap that has a leaf and scroll design. The top is attached at the back with two metal hinges. A metal strip runs around the lower edge of the top and overlaps the box when the lid is closed. There are two fancy brackets on the top edge of the lid either side of the center. Between them, on the front of the top, is a small handle. The box has four metal straps that run from top to bottom around the chest. Those on the ends cover the corners. There are two wooden straps with metal caps on the corners. There is a lift handle at the two shorter ends. The front of the chest rests on two small metal wheels. Fancy cast metal latches secure the lid, and there is also a simple lock with a squarish escutcheon. The wood was covered with paper with a square design on it it before the strapping was put on. Nails were used in the construction. No maker's identification is seen.
Provenance Belonged to either the Reid or Milson families originally.

Subsequently belonged to William G. Reid (Bud Reid) and his wife, Jean Reid (neƩ Givens).
Collection Furniture, 19th-c Collection
Material Wood/Metal/Paper
Dimensions H-24.213 W-34.134 D-19.055 inches
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Reid, W. G.
Milson, William
Function An item of storage furniture, which might also be used occasionally as luggage. It would be used to store clothing or textiles or items that a female might have collected.