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Brettuns Village Trunk

List of Trunk Makers

(By no means does this list contain all
makers – these are just the ones we’ve run across)

Feel free to add to the list by dropping
us an e-mail

A through G (below)

through O

through Z

Abel & Bach Trunks
& Bags
Milwaukee  Made
and sold many trunks and also suitcases

many 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 Ave

Bridgeport, 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!)
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.
Clark, W. S., Co
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 1860

Special 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, NJ

Thanks 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

through O

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