Exploring the History & Makers of Antique Trunks: A Brettuns Village Archive


Exploring the History & Makers of Antique Trunks: A Brettuns Village Archive

Common Trunk Makers and Their History

For years, we’ve been gathering information about the most common trunk makers from years past. If we see a label on a truck or an advertisement in a magazine, we’ll put it here! You can also contribute by sending in a picture of a trunk label or something invigorating, please feel free to share it at

Trunk Makers

Abel & Bach Trunks
& Bags
Milwaukee  Made
and sold many trunks and also suitcasesmany of the cases were covered
with walrus leather.They called their company
the ABC of Trunks and Bags (for Abel Bach Co.)  Some
Abrams Trunk Co
Chicago – usually has
a brass tag on top
Adams & Ilsley
150 Tremont Street,
Boston; formerly John Baker & Co trunks & saddlery
Early 1900s maker of
wardrobe trunks and suitcases
Ajax Trunks
New York – modern era
(1930s?) trunks, usually covered in black trunk fibre
Allen, Otis
Nos 35-41 Merrimac Street,
Lowell, Mass, est 1839
American Trunk Co
Famous ATCO Trunks,
Cincinatti, OH
A. Andretti Trunk Co.
Eagle Trademark Trunks,
San Francisco
Arata, L.
Trunks, Bags, &
Satchels, Established 1832, 
NE Corner of 13th &
Sansom Streets, Philadelphia
Thanks to Kathy S for
this one!



Atkinson, John S.
Label:  “Manufacturer
of and Dealer in lap robes, trunks, bags, blankets, and general horse furnishings”
48 Fairfield AveBridgeport, Conn.



Atlanta Trunk Factory
Thanks to Emily Brosius
for this one
Atwood & Gould Trunk
Patented 18??
Congress st ,Boston Mass
Autorobe Trunk Co.
Makers of automobile
trunks in the 1920s and 1930s.
See some old magazine
ads here


Austin Trunk Factory
I have an old trunk
in excellent condition made in 1880 at the Austin Trunk Factory, Austin
TX.  The address reads 611 Congress St. 
The street is now called
Congress Avenue. It’ a round top with a woman’s picture and the maker’s
logo has a cartoon man with an alligator. 
You may want to add the
maker to your list since it’s not there yet.  Best regards, -Matt
”  Thanks, Matt!



Aylward, Michael
saddle, bridle, trunk
and harness maker, 9½ S. 4th  Street
Shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory
(Special thanks to Matt
Ainslie for providing info on makers from Philadelphia)



BB&B Manufacturing
Pittsburgh, NYC, Pasadena
Bains, George B &
Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Makers of Bags and Trunks
for All Types of Travel
Baker, John B, &
Saddlery & Harness
House, Sole Leather Trunks
150 Tremont Street, Boston,
est 1826


Bal, William Trunk Co.
Bal-Built Trunks (with
brass tag) Philadelphia
Baldwin & Company
Trunks & Bags
Brass tag on lid, B
on handle end caps
Bankhardt Baggage
Cincinatti, OH
Barnard Brothers Trunk
& Travelling Bag Co.
Main Street, Worcester,
Barnum Trunk Co
Brass tag on lid, paper
label inside says Order #___ with trunk number


Bates & Co
Paper label inside:
This trunk made expressly for Bates & Co., 
Leading dealers in Trunks,
Boots, Shoes, Hats, Militaria, and Bags
Somersworth, New Hampshire



Beals and Selkirk Trunk
Wyandotte and Flint,
Michigan – a large company with a lot of employees.
See some old photos and
labels here


Beehive Trunk Co
Produced by L.E. Morrison
and Co.
Belber Co.
Philadelphia, Chicago,
This company made quite
a few trunks.  More info


Bell, William
62 Tremont Street, Boston
“Manufacturers and Repairers
of Sole Leather Trunks, Fancy Trunks, Valises, 
Carpet Bags, Dress Trunks,
and Sample Cases, &c”

Verified to be in business
during 1840s and 1850s.



Bellingham Harness Co
211 W Holly St
Bellingham, WA

Thanks to Del Vosburg
for sending this one in!

Bellton Co
Wardrobe trunks, 1930s
Benson, James Co Ltd
Sole Leather trunks,
1800s, London
Many thanks to Paula
for contributing this one


Besbuilt Trunk Company
Newark, NJ
Betterbuilt Trunks
Usually has BB on clamps
and end caps

Biltmore Trunk Co
Thanks to Frank Piteo for the following: Began in 1945 in Brooklyn, NY
Staff included Isidore, Leon, Marty, and Bernard Singer

Frank Piteo started working at Biltmore in 1985 and is still making quality trunks



Bingham Trunks
Buffalo, NY  1930s
May have been a retailer, or perhaps a descendant of Buffalo Trunk Mfg.
Boelter, F. 
Tool Case and Automobile
Trunk Maker
2713 Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Thanks to Renelle U. for
sending this one to us!


Bogert, James
40 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana
(submitted by Cheryl Perkins
– thanks!)
On Hudson Street in NYC
Jenny Lind style trunks (Thanks, Neil!) 


Boston Baggage
(submitted by Jeff – thanks!)
Books Trunk Co.
Otho Leslie Books was
the owner of Books Trunk Co. Books and Jackson Co. between 1904 and 1942. 
He was born on August 28,
1879 in Huntingdon County, PA. Books married Vesta May Stofer on September
27, 1905. 
They had two kids, Otho
Samuel Books and Marjorie May Books. Otho Leslie Books died on February
27, 1905, in San Diego, CA

(submitted by Susie K. –



Boston Baggage
(submitted by Jeff – thanks!)
Breck, T, Trunk Maker
24 North Main Street,
Providence, Rhode Island
Brinkhaus & Block
Louisville, KY
Established 1880, still
around in 1902.  See their building here.
Thanks to Cathy G. for discovering
this company and passing along the info to us.
Brown, J E
Meriden, CT, on E. Main
Thanks to Andy M. for discovering
this company and passing along the info to us.


Bruff, Robert
297 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia
Shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory
Buffalo Trunk Mfg Co
Theophil Speyser, (a
German immigrant who was a furniture/coffin maker) incorporated his growing
business in 1906 as the Buffalo Trunk Manufacturing Company. He was however
making trunks, (and much more) starting around 1879.
Thanks very much to Charity
Disbrow for sending this one in


Burr, Robert
Hanover Street, then
moved to Tremont Street, Boston  1850s
Burr, William
Tremont Street, moved
to Congress Street, Boston, 1840s, 1850s
Burroughs, George
E. Water Street, Milwaukee,
Black canvas trunks, many
were very, very large
George always signed the
inside label that described the company’s history



Butterfield Trunk Co
Seattle, Wash.
Many sizes of common trunks
C&M Trunk and Case
Black cases, rubberized
Our pal Grant Rice found
a wardrobe trunk made by C&M with NYC on the tag.  Thanks, Grant!


Cadmus, Jeremiah
Market Street, Philadelphia
Brass button trunks, also made shoes
Capitol Trunk Co
St Paul, MN  Operated
in the 1920s and 30s
Thanks to Andy M. for discovering
this company and passing along the info to us.


Carmen, Charles
Poughkeepsie, NY
Carver, Jacob
trunk & shoemaker,
377 N 2d Street
Shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory


 Carson, Pirie,
Scott & Co.
No. 8-12 State Street,
Madison, Wisconsin
and Wabash Avenue, Chicago“Fine Leather and Travel
Goods of All Types”



Casey, M.S., Trunk Makers
5th Avenue, NY, Makers
of Vaudeville Trunks
Cattnach, John
“Importers of German
Leather Trunks & Luggage Products”
Cavalier Co.
Chattanooga, brass tag
on lid tells who gave/received trunk
Central Trunk Company
Philadelphia  Established
in 1856
Cherry, M. Trunks 
and Traveling Bags
226 Fifth Ave, New York
Thanks to Andy M. for discovering
this company and passing along the info to us.


Chilton Guthrie &
522 W. Main Street,
Louisville, Kentucky
Goods to Order, Trunks,
Valises, & Traveling Bags
Thanks to Donald Driver
for sending this one in.



Atkins A Clark
Clark, W. S., Co
15 School Street
Boston, MA
Springfield, Mass.
Label states “Made of Basswood”
Clinton Wall Trunk Co
Wall trunks
Clinton, Massachusetts
New Haven, CT, 
Retail shop, made some trunks,
sold trunks amde by others.
Colt, Samuel L.
167 Baltimore Street,
Baltimore “Manufacturer of Trunks of Every Description for 
Traveling, Packing, and
Domestic Use”
This guy also patented some



Cooper, George
Established 1859
Crawford & Whitten
Clarksburg, Ohio
Crego & Co.
Makers  21 Washington
Chicago, IL
Operating in the 1860Special thanks to Sara V.
for sending this info to us!



Crestein Trunk Co
Newark, New Jersey
Crockett, William
Concord, NH, verified
in business 1838
Crouch & Fitzgerald
Established 1839, high-priced
trunks  New York City
Cummings, Josiah &
82 Union Street, Boston 
“Sole and Hub Leather Trunks
Made to Order”
Cushing, Charles F.
New Bedford, Mass.
Established 1900
D  (usually has
a lion standing next to it)
see Drucker
Davis, John
trunk-maker, 73 N 5th
(also listed as such in
this location in 1823 dir.)
Shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory



Davis Trunk Factory
Years of operation 1889-1920
Los Angeles
Dennison, E.C. Co
1024-32 N. High Street,
Columbus, Ohio 
Makers of Fireproof Wardrobe
(asbestos inside)



Dependo Trunk &
Bag Co
Petersburg, Virginia
(part of Seward?)  – wardrobes
Deppe, AH
‘Manufacturers of Trunks’
Fifth St & Nicollet
Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Thanks to Wanda M for contributing
this maker to our list 
Dethloff, A.W. &
725-15thSt. Denver,Colo.
Brass Tag on top.  Tel Main-5987
Thanks to Warren Behm
for this one.


Detroit Trunk Co
Detroit, Michigan
Derco Trunk Manufacturing
Los Angeles
Dick, J. H.
Madison Street, Jefferson
Street, Chicago
Trunks, Traveling Bags,
Ladies Satchels, Etc.
Sent in by Tim Harris.



No. 642 Main St. TERR HAUTE Ind. 
Sent in by Michael Holmes
–   Thanks!


 Dooley, James
104 Third Avenue, New
Trunks, Bags, Hat Cases,


 Dolittle, M. J.
Saddler and Trunk Maker,
est. 1830  Burlington, Vermont 
 Drew & Sons
Wardrobe trunks, US
patent #16118 
 Drucker, N. &
(also Mendel-Drucker) 


Common and Wardrobe
913 Broadway, Cincinatti These trunks usually have
his ‘D’ with a Lion 

and the words “Beauty and



DuBosq, Henry
trunkmaker, 90 Shippen
Shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory
Listed as a glass silverer
on S. 6th St. in 1805, but had become a trunk maker 

at the address above by
the time of the 1810 directory



 Dufficy, Thomas
and Co
Trunk Makers 


Louisville, Kentucky
Steamer-sizes and smaller
trunks with leather straps
Duffy, L.J.
New Orleans, Patent
Date Dec 7, 1880
LJD on metal corners 


 Duguid Brothers
Toledo, Ohio 
 Duluth Trunk Factory
220 West Superior Street
Joseph Trudinsky, Prop.

Wall trunks, patent dates

By New Jersey Trunk Co.
Wardrobe trunks, 1920s
or so
Newark, NJThanks to Sommer for sending
this one in!



 Dus-Pruf Auto
Trunk Co
414 West Jefferson Avenue,
Detroit, MI
Patent date found on labels:
May 25,1926


 Eagle Trunk Factory
Manufacturers of the
Patent Tray
Operated by Smith Brothers
in OshKosh, Wisconsin
Later became OshKosh Trunk



 Eagle Trunk Factory
Manufacturers of the
Patent Tray
Operated by Smith Brothers
in OshKosh, Wisconsin
Later became OshKosh Trunk



 Easter & Winship
Boston, est. 1858
Winship later went off on
his own (see Winship)
 Eau Claire Trunk
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
“Travelers Goods, Sample
Trunks & Cases a Specialty”
 Eggeman Duguid
& Company
Toledo, Ohio
Makers of Wall Trunks
 El Paso Trunk
El Paso, Texas
 Emporium Trunk
and Bag Co.
1514 Milwaukee Ave,
Chicago, Illinois  Blue metal, lock by Eagle
Sent in by Rebecca Haas
– thanks a million!


 Enderbrock, F.
Trunk Co.
St. Joseph, Missouri,
NW Corner of 3rd & Felix Streets 
Made in Canada, Sold
in New York City 
 Evansville Trunk
315 Main Street Evansville,
Thanks to TJ Bynum for
this one


established in 1920s,
made wardrobes  Founded by Goldsmith, 
along with Neverbreak, Nevermar,
and others


Excelsior Trunk Co.
New Jersey
 Faber, H.C. and
Utica, New York, Established
September 4, 1883
Most have brass plate on
front, some are sole leather
Some tags and labels are
posted here



Farel, W.C, & Sons
Only have seen one of
these – strange lid configuration
Patented March 1, 1887,
Buffalo, NY


Feigenbaum Trunk &
Bag Co.
Cleveland, Ohio
(Thanks, Shawna!)
Ferguson, George
trunk maker, 3 Norris�s
(listed as such but in Rose
Alley in 1823 dir.)
Shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory



 Fibreware Specialty
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Some leather trunks
 Forgie Maas &
106 Water Street, Boston 
Makers of Doll Trunks, est.
 Fox Brothers Trunk
Houlton, Maine
Standard Box Trunks with
Canvas Covering
Franklin Williams
See also McGee – these
two companies shared the same address in Baltimore
Freling, N. M.
“Manufacturer of Trunks
and Valises” Kansas City MO
Thanks to Cynthia Wong
for sending this one in.


 Fricke, Fred
No 5 Chicago Street
Elgin, Illinois

Canvas covered box trunks

 Gallacher, James
Salt Lake City 
 Gausepol, E. J.
& Co.
Hide-covered trunks
40 W. Washington Street,
 Germuiller, F.
Trunk Company
Established 1850
Washington, D.C.
 Gimbel Brothers
New York, Paris
Patent dates 1903, 1912
 Gillmore Trunk
& Bag Co.
5th Avenue, New York
also 18 Fourth Avenue, Below
8th Street
“Manufacturer of Fine Traveling
Trunks, Bags, Satchels, etc.”
 Gillmore Trunk
18 Fourth Avenue, Below
8th Street, New York
“Manufacturer of Fine Traveling
Trunks, Bags, Satchels, etc.”


Girard Trunk & Bag
M. Malamedson &
Son. Props
604 W. Girard avenue – 1011
N.6 th st., Philadelphia


Goldberg Brothers
Trunk Manufacturers,
312 Market Street, Philadelphia. 1878 catalog shows Bridal trunks,
Saratoga trunks, Monitor trunks, etc.
Thanks to Marvin of ThisOldTrunk.Com
for sending this one in


Goldmsith & Sons
Goldsmith Co.
Made trunks under several
trade names, including Neverbreak, Nevermar, Everlast, mostly in the 1910s
to 1940s. 
In the 1940s Goldsmith made
footlockers under contract to the US Army


Gorman, Charles
Known for making ornate
dresser trunks
Thanks to Andy M. for discovering
this company and passing along the info to us.
 Goyard (Edward)
Made in France, often
with brass buttons and corners.  Red criss-crossed ribbons on underside
of lid 
Gromm, W.F.
Denver, Colorado, founded
in 1873 (thanks, Hope!)
Hip-roof style trunks 


Groskopf Brothers
Manufacturers of Trunks
and Bags
Thought by some to be a
retail store only.  No patents.


Grube-Meyering Trunk
Chicago – Made wardrobe
trunks in the 1920s
Gufoni, Italy
Located in Firenze
From what we’ve seen at
least part of their business was selling USA-made trunks
which perhaps helps explain
how so many immigrants had trunks made in the US.

Thanks to Andy M. for discovering
this company and passing along the info to us.

Guggenheim Trunk &
Bag Co
Philadelphia – contracted
manufacturing to Seward, common trunk styles
H and M Trunks &
SuitcasesM. Haberbush
A Home Product (Believed to be Herckert & Meisel) Sole leather trunks, 30 Center Square in Lancaster, PAThanks, Neil!
Hadley & FarmersTrunk Makers, NY, NY,
est. 1850
Haines, GeorgePittsburgh, est. 1904Friendly website visitor
Bob Lloyd writes:I have a flat top trunk
that has a metal tag and a paper tag that says Geo.S. Haines Co. Pittsburgh established 1874 (note:  Maybe this
was George Sr, then the 1904 date was Junior – just a guess)
Hamilton, Alexander trunk-maker 348 N Front
StreetShown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory
(Special thanks to Matt
Ainslie for providing info on makers from Philadelphia)     
Harband Brothers(or Julius Harband)According to the 1903
San Francisco business directory, the company was by then called Harband
Brothers and was manufacturing trunks
at 3253 Folsom St in San FranciscoThanks to Robert Arnold
for sending this one along.     
Hartmann Co.Still in business today.
Established in 1877.  Now based in Tennessee. Visit
their website
Haskell BrothersChicago, sole leather
trunks and standard travel trunks.See some old ads here.   
Hathaway, ThomasBroad Street, Boston
Hawthorn & SonsMakers, Walnut Street,
Hazelton, Isaiahtrunk m�r, George Street
above 11th Street (listed as such but in Bank Street in 1823 dir.)Shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory
Headley & Farmer
Had a store or shop
on Astor Place in New York City, started in 1842
Often uses brass tags on
top of their trunks.  Made cabin trunks and other styles
Herckert & Meisel
Trunk Co.
910 Washington Avenue,
St. Louis, also in CaliforniaMay 20, 1929   
Hercules TrunksMade by Standard Fiber
Co in the early 1900s
Hibbard, W. R. &
Manufacturers of Ladies
Satchels, and Dealers in Leather Bagsand First Class Travelling
Requisites345 and 346 Notre Dame Street,
MontrealThanks to Shelley for reminding
us to add old man Hibbard to the list      
 HickmanPlain label with this
name – maker or reseller?  No idea 
 Hill, James R.153 Main Street, Concord,
 Hirschfelder and
36 Battery Street, San
Francisco”Guaranteed Unbreakable”   
 Hodge, Levi W.Nashua, NH”Saddles, Trunks, Harnesses
Made and Repaired”
 Hovey, A J“Hats, Robes, &
Trunks”Lyons, NY   
Hoyes, George S.44 and 46 Union Square
East, New York CityThanks to David Byers up
in Ontario for sending this one in   
 Hughes, JR &
Showroom at 40 N. High
Street, Columbus, OHPatented 1897  Brass
oval nameplate, jar holders in trunk   
 Hugo, JacobiDresden, GermanyArrowhead-shaped handles
 Hulbert BrothersHunnington, A TTrunks & BagsRepairing a Specialty –
also (thanks, Jean!) Fine trunks, suitcases and bags our specialty   Norwich, Chenango County, NY
Hutchinson & HawesHarness makers, Merrimack
Street, Lowell, Mass. Have no idea of the date, but paperwork inside (scraps
of old receipts, etc.) are dated anywhere from 1832 to late 1800s.Kay Soldier, Historian/Curator,
Windham, Maine Historical Society (Thanks, Kay!)   
Independent Trunk &
Bag Co
Makes of the “Dependo”
trunk – wardrobe stylePetersburg, VA – perhaps
related to Seward in the same town   
 Indestructo Trunk
Patent dates 1922-1925Mishawaka, IN (National
Veneer Products Co)Most of their trunks were
numbered, but nobody can find the
Innovation Trunk Co.Wardrobe style trunks
from the early 1900s, with ‘bulges’ on top and side to avoid stacking.
InshuredWardrobe-style trunk
(thanks to Tim Raglin for this one)
Jackaberry Trunk Co.Cleveland, OH
 James – Dunn Box
Newark, NJ 
 Johns, R.H.Galveston, TX trunk
 Karri-Keen Co.Sioux City, IAMade crates, boxes, trunks,
cases under many contracts
 Kaufman &
75th and Duane St, New
YorkTo tell you the truth we
believe this company was in the business of printing colorful lithographs
and labels -we don’t believe they made
trunks at all.  Everything we’ve found on these two guys suggests
they were printers.  Darn it.     
Kelley, RobertKelley, Thomastrunkma�r 57 S Front
Street shoe & trunk sto[re],
70 High Street. Both shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory
 Kellogg &
Clark, Makers
13 Court Street, BostonEstablished 1836, Makers
of fine cases, trunks, and militaria
 Kleler’s Trunk
& Bag Co.
Wardrobe trunks, Pennsylvania
KneessiK. Kneessi’s SonsKaspar Kneessi and his
sons made trunks, luggage, saddles, etc  – anything in leather from
the 1860s up til the late 1920’s. From the 1900s on, they
did retail other vendors products as well but they always made their own
stuff. Based in Wash., DC Contact the grandson
of the founder by e-mailAdditional information available
 Knobel BothersSuperbilt Trunks (wardrobes)
made from vulcanized fibre 
 Krupp, JFPeoria, IL 
 Kuntzendorf, C.Chicago 
 Lang, DC &
ETC.519 Main Street, FOND DU
LAC, WIS.Thanks to Mike Gerstbauer
for sending this one in
 Lange, ErnstGerman trunks with ash
LangmuirA prolific trunk maker
with some operations in NJ but based in Canada.  Frank Langmuir held a few
patents for the company’s own design of trunk hardware pieces.   
 Lansing Wheelbarrow
Slight dome trunksMr. Sparrow, President,
A.C. Stebbins, Secretary and Gen. Mgr.
 Laub BrothersBaggage Makers, Louisville,
KY, wardrobe trunks1867 on handle   
 Leatheroid Manufacturing
Locations in Philadelphia,
New York City, and Kennebunk, MainePatents begin in 1892   
 S. Levy Co“S. Levy Trunks and
Satchels, Memphis, Tenn. established 1845″Thanks to Henry Roye, PE,
for sending this one in.   
 Libbey, IsaacRochester, New Hampshire
“Near the fairgrounds” 
 Liebermann Trunk
Leather goods, trunks.
Special thanks to Ken Roubal for the following info:The company was originally
in Saginaw but the owners moved to Lansing in 1931.  Here is a link
to an old
about the owners and their business   
 Likly, HenryRochester, NY, est.
1844.  Most early trunks were black on the outside
Likly, McDonald &
Trunk Manufacturers,
122, 124 & 126 Superior St., Cleveland, OhioStill in business:Likly-Rockett Luggage Co. Phone Number :
(419) 522-5312  39 N Mulberry St     Mansfield,
OH 44902      
 Lorenz, WilliamLabel says “Maker” and
not much elseMinneapolis   
 Lowell Trunk Co.Lowell, MA “Established
1881, P. F. Devine, Prop.” 
Los Angeles Trunk Co.“Union Made”
 Luce Trunk CoThe “Stateroom” model,
with many numbers stamped on it Luce was located at 722
main St in Kansas City, MO (and we know that thanks to Jan Becker – thanks,
 Lutz & Co.“Trunks Made with Stacking
 Maas & Co.Thanks to Susan Traversy
for sending this one in:We have a doll size dometop
/ camelback trunk withn the label of E.MAAS manufacturer and
dealer in Trunks and Bags Ladie’s Worsted Bags and Shawl Straps Made To
Order A fine line of Pocket Books
& Umbrellas on Hand All Kinds Of Repairing Neatly And Properly Done  191 TREMONT STREET Corner
Boylston Street BOSTON.  There is a leafy scroll
border typical of the 1850s to 1880s. It has a fitted interior with wall
paper and a green painted canvas cover with wood slats.      
 MacKenny, G. E.,
Chattanooga, TN
Mahlman, Charles “Trunks, Satchels, &
Traveling Bags” 32 Pike Street, Covington,
Mahlon, Philiptrunk maker, 86 Plum
Street Shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory
 Maidrite Trunk
Wardrobe trunks, some
with production ID numbers 
 Maier, Martin
& Co
55 Monroe Ave, Detroit
Established 1865Later moved to 102 Woodward
Avenue”Full Line of Sample Trunks”     
 Malm, C.A.,
& Co.
Established in 1900,
San Francisco 
 March, Nathaniel“Producing Trunks, saddles,
parade gear, hats, and harnesses of all types, since 1809 in downtown Portsmouth,
New Hampshire” 
Marhoff, H.H.Omaha, NE, 1880s.
Thanks to John Oudyn for this link:Marhoff   
 Marshall FieldThis retailer may have
produced their own trunks, but it is widely believed that they contracted
them out. Some Marshall Field trunks
are fitted with tags from Hartmann, OshKosh,  Langmuir, and others.Barb sent us en e-mail to
let us know that her Marshall Field trunk has a Henry Likly label on it.
Thanks, Barb!     
 Martins, A. G.A store in Para, Brasil,
where trunks made in the USA were sold (A Mala Americana!).Thanks to Barb Ballard for
this discovery!   
 Maud, William
Established 1850, Salem,
Massachusetts”Hide-covered trunks of
the highest quality and craftmanship”   
 McBrine, L. Co,
Kitchner, CanadaLock is stamped “EA Mahon,
McCabe-Bierman WagonThis company became
McCabe Powers Carriage/Body Company.Full history available here:   
McCarthy, G.W“Trunk & Bag Manufacturer,
Latest Novelties, Repairing Neatly Done”313-315 Fulton Street, Brooklyn,
McDonaldNo. 44 School Street,
Boston MA  (mid 1800s)Thanks, Scott!   
 McGee, John “Manufacturer of Trunks,
Ladies Satchells, etc.”108 No. Howard Street, BaltimoreWas either bought by Franklin
Williams or vice-versa – the two companies used the
same address.      
 McKeever, Thomas “Trunk Maker 1144 Broadway Near 26th
St. New YorkLadies’&Gent’s trunks,
traveling bags, satchels &c.Repairing done and covers
made to order” Thanks to Kristi D. for
sending this one in
McLeodMontreal – made trunks
under several different names, including McLeod-Hawthorne and McLeod-Shotton,
and finally just plain old McLeod. 
 McLean, Daniel
& Son
Nova Scotia”Makers of all types of
leather goods”
 McNamara, J.H.
Trunk Co.
Metal tag on lid, paper label inside
 McReeney &
34th Street and 5th
AvenueRetailer of wardrobe trunks
– we don’t believe they actually made their own trunks   
 Meek, A. E.“Located in the center
of Denver” 
 MeiselSt Louis, made wardrobe
trunks in the 1920s and 30s 
 Mendel TrunxMendel made trunks with
several partners, including Mendel-Drucker, Hartmann, and others.
Famous for his wardrobe ‘Trunx’
 Meyering Trunk
Chicago – may have made
trunks for Sears 
 Minson, F.B.Yorktown, VA “FB Minson,
 Miller, R. L.Trunk Factory – Saginaw,
Michigan (always had many compartments
 Molloy, GeorgeManufacturer and Seller
of Trunk of All Types 
 Monitor Auto Trunk
New York (picture of
the ship Monitor on label) 
 Monson, JohnFargo, NDSent in by helpful website
visitor Marie B.  Thanks!
 Moore, J. CoWorcester, MA 
 Morrison, L.E.
and Co.
Beehive Trunk Co (brass
tag) Thanks very much to A. Klinker
for finding this info:   
It was L. E. Morrison’s conviction
that citizens of every town, like Indianapolis, needed protection from
the elements. To encourage this, Morrison sold them with rain coats, rubber
boots and shoes. In 1877 he purchased his stock of merchandise in Boston,
where he had received his training and experience at the American Rubber
Company, and founded his own rubber company in Indianapolis at age 23.
Morrison first established his business on the edge of the shopping district
at the Bates House, on the corner of Illinois and Washington Street–known
today as Claypool Courts. His rent was $60.00 a month. He could have rented
a space where the L.S. Ayres store was eventually built for $100.00 a month,
however, he thought he would save some money at Bates House. He soon discovered
he needed to be closer to the center of town. In 1897 he moved to 36 West
Washington Street. He was there for 27 years until he moved to 27 West
Washington street. In 1925 he opened a branch on 18 North Pennsylvania
Street.   In 1890 he began to add leather goods to his shop–it
soon became the shop’s specialty. At the turn of the century he perceived
a change occurring in buying patterns. Customers were beginning to demand
more luxury items then practical items. For instance, travel became more
common. Consequently, the need for luggage and trunks increased. To accommodate
this need Morrison stocked his store with an assortment of leather goods,
luggage, and trunks. Sometime in the 1920s he discontinued his line of
rubber items. Future generations carried on the business, which in1955
was still going strong. 
 Mortimer, George
& Co
New York – Label states:”Sample Trunks, Bags, Cases
and Leather Goods for Clothiers, Jewellers, Undertakers, and Hardware Dealers”Thanks to Gordon Hoseason
for sending this one in!
 Moyle’s Trunks
& Travelling Bags   
Savanah, GA
 Multnomah Co“Man-Proof” wardrobe
trunks, Portland, OR
 Murphy’s Trunks,
Cases, & Bags
“The Best Baggage Built”
Always Guaranteed, St LouisA little more information
is available here   
 Musgat, JohnTrunks, Satchels, and
HarnessesFon Du Lac, WI years of
operation 1860 – 1889   
NashThe label inside the
lid says:  �From Nash�s Trunk Factory, Trunks, Suit Cases and Bags,
All Prices. 419 Jackson St.    Sioux City, IA�Thanks to Katrin Deeg for
sending this one in.   
 National Veneer
Products Co
Mishawaka, IN
Makers of Indestructo Trunks from 1903 to 1925Most of their trunks were
numbered, but nobody can find the
registration list     
National Trunk &
Bag Co.
Newark NJ.  Label
also states “NONBREAKABLE”.  Appears to be 1920’s – 30’s era, black
metal exterior with leather cross-straps and brass corners. Sent in by Steve Johnson.
Thanks very much, Steve.See also Nonbreakable Trunk
Co below     
 Neat, NathanWashington Street, BostonEstablished 1825, disappeared
about 1885. Many of their trunks were
black or red.
 Neverbreak Trunk
One of many name brands
made and sold by GoldsmithNewark, NJ   
 WH Newton &
SonProfessional Trunks   
Thanks to Keith Allison
for sending this one in:I was looking on your list
and did not see Newton Armored Trunks. I have one. Address was Newton and
Son 80 ELM ST Cortland, NY and laterW.H. Newton and Son Professional
Trunks 121 Elm St Cortland, NY. Thanks, Keith Allison!     
 New England Trunk
Makers of MaidRite trunks
in the 1920s and 1930s
 DurobiltBy New Jersey Trunk Co.Wardrobe trunks, 1920s or soNewark, NJ Thanks to Sommer for sending this one in!
Nonbreakable Trunk Co.“My grandfather started
a trunk and luggage manufacturing business Nonbreakable Trunks and Luggage
after coming from Russia after the turn of
the century.  It existed in Manhattan and then in the Bronx until
the 70’s” Eileen Lichtenthal Thanks very much for this
information, Eileen     
Nonrinkle Trunk Mfg
(Sent in by Georgia
Rodriguez, one of our favorite customers)Colorado City, CO
Looks like a wall trunk   
 Oklahoma Trunk
Mfg Co
Tulsa, OK
from the 1920s we believe
 Omaha Trunk FactoryOmaha, Nebraska
Hinges were horseshoe shaped, tin plate on lid
 Orenstein Trunk
Deluxe BestBilt Model
Newark, NJ
 OshKosh Trunk
Huge manufacturer of
trunks and suitcases in the early and mid 1900s.   Had a product
line of over 2,000 items.  Went out of business for good in 1974Read more here   
Overing, Johntrunk maker, corner
of N. Juniper Street and Lambert StreetShown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory
 Overland Trunk
Maker of wardrobe trunks
in New York City  1920s 
P&S Trunks
Label actually says
“Trunks That Wear, Everywhere” and is yellow
Pacific Trunk Co
Must have been out west
Paine, J. R. Co
513 Main Street, Cambridge,
Mass  most have rounded tops
Palica, F. J.
Racine, WI
Salt Lake City
“Tack Boxes and Trunks” 
 Parkhurst, J.
F. & Son
Manufactured and Guaranteed
by Parkhurst

Bangor, Maine ( we have
a 1904 catalog from Parkhurst)

Pearson, Thomas
saddler and trunk maker,
24 Shippen Street

Shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory

(Special thanks to Matt
Ainslie for providing info on makers from Philadelphia)

Peddie, T.B. & Co.
Makers of  trunks,
bags, dress suit cases and fine leather goods

689 Broad St. Newark. NJ

Thomas Peddie

(thanks to Deborah Shields
and Kenneth Kaplan)

 Perkiomen Trunk
& Bag
Wardrobe trunks, Philadelphia 
 Perry, E. and
Prize Winning Trunks 
 Petersburg Trunk
& Bag
Metal tag on top – believed
to be a subsidiary of Seward 
Maker of Fine Trunks 
 Phillips Trunk
Supplied some trunks
to Wards for a few years under contract
 Phoenix Trunk
Operated out west for
several years, late 1800s.  They used many swastikas as decoration, 

but keep in mind that this
was way before that symbol was used in Germany.

Plimpton Manufacturing
See below (Porto)
Pollack, Henry, Trunk
“Polly Brand” trunks,
made in Dallas, TX 
Made by Plimpton Manufacturing

Walpole, Massachusetts

(thanks to Christian for
this one!) 

 Powers, Jacob
Pre-Civil War trunks,
Saddler, Harness Maker

Rockaway, NJ

(thanks, Angie, for sending
us this one!) 

 Prager, J.E.
MFG. Trunks & Bags

717-8th Ave. Cor. 45th St.
New York City 

(thanks to Quinten R. for
finding this maker) 

 Preismeyer Brothers
“All Types of Trunks
Made, Repaired and Sold” 
Quirk, James A.
St Louis, MO  Hump-back
trunks, canvas covering
 Rashkin, Edward
Brooklyn, NY 
 Rauchbach &
These guys teamed up
to make sturdy trunks in the 1910s-1940s.

Some military footlockers
were also made by this company

Repelow & Son
New York 
 Reynolds, E.D.
Fremont Street, Portland,

open mouth
on label

 Rice, Horace
30 Hanover Street, Boston,
offering repair of trunks
Rich, Reed, & Atwood
TJ Bynum tells us:
Reiger made trunks in the 1870s.

His name was J.H. Rieger,
business directory stated he made 

harness, saddles, trunks
and valises and his business was on 204 Smithfield Street in Pittsburg

Thanks, TJ!

Rockford Trunk &
Leather Co., Rockford, IL 
Rogers Trunks, 5-Ply,
Genuine tin-covered dome tops
Rogers and Madison
R&M Trunk Corp,
Petersburg, VA (somehow related to Sewards?)
Makers of the famous
Romadka Ready Access Trunks, some patents in 1904
Roos, Ed
Forest Park, IL, amker
of cedar chests. 

Thanks to Christine Shugarman
for sending this link
to additional information

Rose, DE
DE Rose Trunk Co., American
Beauty trunks, Los Angeles, CA
Roulstone, G.
Trunks, Military items,
caps, belts, etc.  7 Tremont Street, Boston  mid 1800s
Rountree, HW
HW Rountree & Brothers,
patent dates of March 12, 1889 and May 2, 1892
“Well Made Trunks to
Travel the Globe” early 1900s
Runcie, S. Henry
Buffalo, NY.  We
have an old letter that’s dated 1881, so Runcie goes back at least that
S&S Trunk &
S&S stood for ‘Service
and Strength’  Philadelphia
Sage Trunk
Sage Trunk & Leather
Goods, Boston, early 1900s automotive trunks
Sales, Julian
Leather goods and trunks,
early 1900s, wardrobe trunks.  Toronto
San Antonio Trunk Factory
F. L. Simon, Proprietor
514 East Houston Street.  New Phone 1294

Professional trunks, all
styles, made to order

San Antonio Leather
Hong Kong
 Saratoga Trunk
Rumored to be from Saratoga,
 Sawyer, Asa
Bangor, Maine – all
manners of trunks repaired or constructed to customer specifications
 Scherr, George
Wooden tool boxes to
suit the tradesman
 Schmilowitz, H
“Trunks, Bags, and Suitcases”
on their label.

Third Avenue – probably
NYC but can’t read the label.

Thanks to Andy M for sending
this one in.

 Scherr, George
Wooden tool boxes to
suit the tradesman
 Schmit Brothers
Wardrobe and more modern
trunks, based in Wisconsin  – changed name to Eagle
Schuff, Jacob J.
46 Forth Ave and 44th,
Union Square, NY Ladies and Gents Traveling Trunks & European Dress
Sent in by B. Strong:
SCHUSSLER (Sp?), worked for TAYLOR for 25 years and continued under his
own name when Taylor closed.

My father-in-law was a Circus
Clown, when he ordered a trunk from Taylor, he received a letter from Schussler.

 Secor, M. M.
Probably made more trunks
than just about any other company, based in Racine, WI, patent dates starting
in the 1880s.  Established 1861.  Had a salesroom at 240 Adams
Street in Chicago.
Seneca Trunk Co
Standard trunks, rounded
front edges on many of them.
Seward Trunk & Bag
If anyone could give
Secor a run for the money in terms of the sheer number of trunks made,
Seward would be it.  Huge factory in Petersburg, VA.  Still in
business today – check the footlockers at your local WalMart.
Sheldon and Colton 
Saddle, harness and
trunk makers, Main St., Hartford,CT  Also military equipments of all

This as the label reads.
It’s a small domed top trunk or soldiers foot locker decorated with brass
tacks . I know the company was in business in 1824 as Harriet Beecher [Stowe]
went to school in a room over this shop.

Thanks to Dewey for sending
this one in

Founder of Samsonite.
Maker of automotive trunks to fit on Model A Fords, among other types of
trunks and cases. 
 Siders, Henry
No. 9 Old State House,
Boston.  “Saddles, bridles, harnesses, trunks, and caps as cheap as
can be purchased in Boston.”  Started around 1804
 Soule, William
 South Brothers
1916-1920, 700 Austin
Street, Waco, TX 
 (Thanks to Lynda
Maymon for sending this info)  est. in 1890, NewYork, USA 

Label says:  THIS TRUNK

“Genuine Hard Vulcanized
Spahr, OJ
O.J. Spahr-Saddler and
Carriage Trimmer, Factory Street, between First and Second Streets. This
establishment was started in 1878 by Brendt & Spahr, which partnership
dissolved in February 1883, Mr. Spahr ws a native of Pennsylvania, where
he was born in 1843. He carried a full line of ready-made work in light
and heavy harness, collars, halters, whips, blankets, trunks, harness oils,
nets, etc.  Thanks to TJ Bynum for sending this one in and to the
Canal-Dover, OH Historical Society.
Springfield Trunk Factory
Springfield, MO 
 St Paul Trunk
St Paul, MN
 Stallman, F. A.
Colombus, OH.
Dresser, theatrical, and commercial trunks

Best known for their dresser
style trunks

The Standard Red Cedar
Chest Co,

From Kathleen:  Please
note that the plant was in Altavista, Virginia from March 1912 until 2001
when Lane closed the plant and moved it to Tupelo, Mississippi

Wardrobe trunks, 1920s
and 30s
 Stewart Trunk

Stewart & Munt

Portmanteaus, bonnet
boxes, and traveling bags.  6 North Street, Belfast

Petersburg, VA

Wardrobe trunks, 1920s
and 30s
 Stewart Trunk
Portmanteaus, bonnet
boxes, and traveling bags.  6 North Street, Belfast

Petersburg, VA

Summers, John C.
St. Louis Trunk Manufactory.
1881 Catalog. Trunks & Valises, 837 & 839 S. Fifth Street, St.
Louis, Mo. 

Large variety of fancy leather
and metal covered trunks, sole leather trunks, and toy trunks! 

Thanks to marvin of ThisOldTrunk.Com
for sending this one in

Supreme Union Trunk
& Bag Co, maker of wardrobe trunks in the 1920s 
C.A. Taylor Trunk Works

Maker of high-end trunks,
very well made, and also held patents on many 

types of trunk parts that
were used by several companies. 

“Makers of the Celebrated
Taylor XX Professional Trunks”

130 West Madison Street,
Chicago (also on E. Randolph Street)

(see Schussler above for
additional information)

(may be same as above
– not sure) – Taylor Trunk Co, Louisville, KY 

and New York 111285

Thomsen, C. F. Co.
130 Superior Street,
Cleveland  1861 – 1875
 Toledo Cooker
Didn’t really make true
traveling trunks – maker of oak boxes for food service
Topeka Trunk Co
Topeka, KS
 Topham, James
Trunks, traveling bags,
Washington, DC 
 Totty Trunk Co
Cabinet Robe Trunks,
Virginia (made wardrobe trunks in early 1900s) 
Trees, Samuel &
Co, Ltd.
STACO Brand wardrobe
trunks, made in Canada

Tronick MacKenzie

Maker of some trunks
sold through Sears (?) and many styles of fine trunks, tool boxes, tackle
boxes, etc.

A very cool website with
company history is right

Truesdale, J. &
Manchester, NH, incorporated
 Trunk & Bag

International Union

Organized December 26,

Factory #51

 Tuerke Trunks
Baltimore, usually have
a breass tag on top 
 Union Supreme
Sometimes called Supreme
Union,maker of wardrobe trunks in the early 1900s 
 United States
Trunk Co
Mass produced fiber
trunks, low cost, plants in Chicago and Mass. 
 Vanderman Mfg
Maker of strong boxes
and tool boxes, very heavy duty,

still in business as Nesci

U.K., “The British Manufacturer
of Trunks”
 Virginia Trunk
& Bag
Petersburg, VA, maker
of the Dreadnaught Trunk line 1910-1940
 Vogler, H &
223 Alamo Plaza, San
Antonio, TX

Thanks to Andy M for sending
this one to us

 Vuitton, Louis
Some French guy, made
some trunks and a handbag or two.

OK, just kidding – an amazing
company, still in business with a great

 Wagener &
Manufacturers and Dealers
in Trunks, Valises, Carpet Bags

Cincinatti  Thanks
to Lee Clark,  Jr. for sending this one in.

 Walsh, Harold
NY, didn’t make trunks,
just sold trunks made by others from his shop in the Big Apple.
 Walsh, C. &
Sole Leather trunks,
mid 1800s –  found one dated 1870 
 Walsh, Harold
NY, didn’t make trunks,
just sold trunks made by others from his shop in the Big Apple.
 Walton Trunk Co
Might have been a store
– tag found on a Leatheroid trunk by website visitor DeborSoile
 Ward, Charles
NYC, fiber board trunks
with ornate fittings
Weightman’s Trunk


Reading, PA.  Made
many alligator-pattern trunks for the Sears catalog
Weisman Trunk & 

Luggage Co

New York City
Makers of wardrobe trunks,
New York
London Made Trunks
Wesley & Johnson
120 Crown Street, New
Haven, CT (retailer only?)
Western Grip & Trunk
Milwaukee, maker of
wardrobe trunks around 1916

Also, as sent in by Jim
Rouse (thanks!)

“Western Grip & Trunk
Co.  -1914-    Guaranteed Holeproof Trunk
Any part broken within 2 years will be replaced or repaired free when shipped
prepaid to our works at Milwaukee, Wis.”

Wheary Trunk Co
A large company, manufactured
in several locations.  Ran a store inside the Empire State Building
for many years.  Made the transition from trunks to suitcases when
America started traveling by plane.
White, R.H. & Co
Boston, also White Trunk
& Bag, 1917, Nashville, TN
 Whittle Trunk
& Bag Co
Knoxville, TN, makers
of the “Cedarobe” trunk 
 Whitney, D.D.
& Co
423 S. Spring Street,
Los Angeles.  Telephone Main 203

“Sample Trunks & Cases
a Specialty”

 Wichita Trunk
Metal oval tag on top of trunk

Sent in by Merle – thanks!

Wilkins Trunk Co.
Label inside states:
operated from 1902 to 1989 in downtown Dallas, TX

Thanks, Geneva, for sending
this one to us!

 Williams, Franklin
& Co
Baltimore, dome top trunks

No 106 North Howard Street,
Between Fayette & Lexington

Wilson & Bowker
180 Lincoln Street,
 Williams, Franklin
& Co
Baltimore, dome top trunks

No 106 North Howard Street,
Between Fayette & Lexington

Wilson & Bowker
180 Lincoln Street,
Wilt, Charles T.
180 Wabash, Chicago.
Patent numbers from US & Canada

also 42 Madison, Chicago.
Bridal Trunks a Specialty

 Winship, H.A.
Trunks, Bags, etc.,
GAR supplies, horse equipment for let, Worsted bags & shawls a specialty. 

Three known locations in
Boston, our opinion is that the company later moved to Utica, NY 

are some Winship labels and tags that may be helpful

 Wolfe, Charles
New York, wardrobe trunks 
 Wood Luggage
Louisville, KY, 1920s-1950s; traveling trunks, sample cases, wardrobe cases, and postal sacks. 1114 – 1116 S Oldham St

Thanks to Jim Wood for sending this one in!


 Woolett, R. N. 
 Young, Homer
Toldeo, Ohio  1904
steamers, wall trunks 

Trunk Advertisements, Postcards, Labels, etc.

Autorobe trunks

These old wardrobe trunks were made by Autorobe. 
These were designed just for trips by auto – sized correctly to fit in
your trunk.  The car’s trunk I mean.  Your trunk in the car trunk. 
Got it?  Confusing, but it all makes sense when you try to drive a
trunk, or …forget it. 

These were made in Virginia beginning in
about 1912.  We’re not sure when they went under, but it was somewhere
before 1940.


Belber made loads of suitcases and wardrobe
trunks, starting before the turn of the last century.  Their wardrobe
trunks were very well made.  They even marketed a line of collapsible
hangers, made of rope as shown in the ad on the right.  For more on
Belber click
Belber trunk historyBelber Trunk Co
William Crockett & Co
William Crockett
& Co.

Early to mid-1800s, harness maker who
made trunks as a sideline.
Charles F Cushing Trunk Maker
Charles F. Cushing

Apparently this guy made trunks in New
Bedford, Mass.  We’ve only seen his advertising card, never have been
able to find a trunk with his label on it.
Duguid Brothers Trunk Co

Wall trunks were made by several companies,
most famous of which was the M.M. Secors line.  Duguid Brothers were
less well known, and their trunks sold more to the middle class of travelers. 
Not steerage, not sunny topside, right smack amidships.  Handy for
pushing against the wall in a small room.


Made in Utica, New York, starting in 1890. 
They made trunks from several varieties of wood, including mahogany, teak,
pine, oak, birch, and ash.  Maybe others that we haven’t seen yet. 
Usually has a brass tag on the outside, near the lock.  More tags
and labels are posted here.
Faber Trunk CoFaber Trunk

Find one of these old Florida Trunks and you’ve
got a keeper on your hands.  Many of them were covered in real alligator
skin, straight from right about where the Miami Dolphins play now. 
They advertised by sending out these postcards all over the east coast. 
We believe they operated from about 1925 until around 1948.
Florida Trunk Mfg Co
Hartmann Trunk CompanyHartmann HistoryHartmann TrunksHartmann Travel Trunks and Bags

A very popular name in trunks, bags, traveling
cases and the like.  Still in business today.  Most of these
ads shown here are from the 1920s.  We’re not experts on Hartmanns. 
The people who really know Hartmann stuff know it inside and out. 
Who are they?  Darned if we know. 

Hartmann is still in business, and you
can visit them online by clicking here
They have an interesting section of the website that describes the company’s
entire history, beginning in 1877.  Click
here to see the history section
of Hartmann’s site.


Old Homer and his folks made wall trunks and
dresser trunks out in Toledo, Ohio.  Dresser trunks open up as shown
in the old ad here.  Drawers slide out, compartments open.  Very
handy.  These trunks are a bit rare.  Started in 1904 or so.
Homer Young Trunk
Indestructo Trunk

Yes, these trunks were very hard to break
or damage.  Of course, they looked awful, but they lasted.  Responding
to a more thrifty America, Indestructo competed with Neverbreak, Nevermar,
Nevercrack, Travel-Well, and a few others to make trunks that had no appeal
but would last forever.  1920s.  Don’t spend too much for these.

My old pal Hank made some wonderful trunks
in his day, which was back in the mid-1800s.  Started around 1840. 
Based in Rochester, NY, Likly trunks were known for their good looks and
functional elements.  They made wardrobe trunks, overnite bags, valises,
standard box trunks, and even some hatboxes.  Look for the original
brass tag, as shown. 

Likly Trunk

Likly Trunk CompanyHenry Likly Trunk
C.A. Malm & Company

Operating in San Francisco starting back in
1868 – still in business today as Malm Luggage.  Visit them by clicking
C A Malm TrunkCA Malm & Co Trunk
Marshall Field Trunks

Before they were known for their department
stores, Marshall Field made a lot of trunks.  Mostly all standard
box trunks, a little short in snappy features, but they worked and lasted
well.  Covered trays were standard issue.  Started late 1800s,
made trunks up until the 1940s, as near as we can tell.

Secor made the Champion Wall Trunk, which
was a good seller for the company, along with many other styles. 
Probably responsible for the manufacture of millions of trunks.  Based
in Racine, Wisconsin.  Started business in 1862, patented wall trunks
in 1894, 1895, and 1897.  Many of his wall trunks had a ‘hip-roof’
style, like the barns you’d see if you were out there in Wisconsin. 
Maybe he was inspired.

Matej Zika (1843-1911) of
Strakonice, Bohemia learned harness making trade. After settling in Racine,
WI, he opened a shop there. In 1862 he commenced manufacturing trunks and
his business grew into immense trunk factories under the name M. M. Secor
Trunk Co., the oldest manufacturer of trunks and traveling bags in the

Secor TrunksMM Secor Trunk Co
Nathan Neat trunkNathan neat Trunk Co

Smack in the middle of Boston there was
a two-block area where trunks were being made by several different shops
– it was a heated competition.  Neat competed with Burr and many others,
vying for market share.  Most of Nate’s trunks were black – achieved
with a thick, soupy aniline dye.  He had high employee turn-over. 
Started business, as near as we’ve been able to tell, around 1822. 
We think he closed up in 1847 or so.

Two factories, one in Madison, the other in
Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Started business in 1912, and stuck it out for
many years.  They made suitcases, wardrobes, and smaller bags. 
Built to last, and very attractive.  If you find one of these it’s
usually in very good condition. 

OshKosh Trunk History
OshKosh Trunk Co

OshKosh Trunk CoOshKosh Trunks
P&S Trunk Company

P&S had this unique yellow lithograph
inside each of their trunks.  It says “Trunks that Wear Everywhere”
and their trunks usually are showing some wear just about everywhere, but
we don’t think they meant it that way.  Late 1800s to early 1900s.
ED Reynolds Trunk
E. D. Reynolds Trunk
& Bag

From Fremont Street right in downtown
Portland, Maine, operating from about 1800 until who knows when. 
This label was a bit garish, wouldn’t you say?  If you’ve seen the
picture on our home page (the trunk
with the pumpkins
behind it), that trunk was a Reynolds.

Trunks, bags, valises, military and fire caps,
belts, etc.  Boston-based, operating in the mid 1800s.  Roulstone
took over as successor to Robert Burr on Tremont Street in Boston.
Roulstone Trunks
Seward Trunk & Bag
Seward Trunks


Claiming to be the largest baggage co. in
the world, Seward was based in Petersburg, VA.  Postcard shows the
factory.  Price list above from 1904 shows trunk prices averaging
around $2.00.  Middle-class trunks, nothing too elaborate.  Still
in business today; their footlockers may be purchased at large stores such
as WalMart and others. 

Producing highly expensive bags, purses, and
traveling cases (including trunks) from Paris and London, old Louie really
made a name for himself.  These are sort of the big money trunks in
this game.  Some are worth tens of thousands of $, and even some very
beat up Vuittons sell for around $1,000.  There are many experts on
Vuittons, but we are not one of them.  We learn a little more every
time one of them shows up in the shop.  Vuitton is still in business;
have a website
that provides some history of the company.

Louis Vuitton trunk history

Vuitton trunksVuitton trunks for saleVuitton trunk history

Producers of fine wardrobe trunks and smaller
bags that looked like trunk/suitcase hybrids.  1930s.
Wheary TrunksWheary trunk history

The Trunk with Drawers

Winship was one of the very first makers
of wardrobe trunks here in the US, according to their ads.  They made
their first wardrobe trunks around 1884.  With locations in Boston
and then later in Utica, New York, they also made specialty cases for musical
instruments, surveying equipment, and other needs.