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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)

H
through O

P
through Z

 

Name
Information
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
labels

Abrams Trunk Co
Chicago – usually has
a brass tag on top
Adams & Ilsley
150 Tremont Street,
Boston; formerly John Baker & Co trunks & saddlery
Aero-Pak
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
Co
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
Hall
”  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 &
Sons
Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Makers of Bags and Trunks
for All Types of Travel
Baker, John B, &
Co.
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,
Mass.
Barnum Trunk Co
Brass tag on lid, paper
label inside says Order #___ with trunk number
Minneapolis

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
Co
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,
NY
This company made quite
a few trunks.  More info
here

Bell, William
62 Tremont Street, Boston
Label:
“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.
Co.
Boelter, F. 
Tool Case and Automobile
Trunk Maker
2713 Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Thanks to Renelle U. for
sending this one to us!

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

Boston Baggage
GoldRobe
(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. –
thanks!)

Boston Baggage
GoldRobe
(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
St.
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,
Wisc.
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
Co
Black cases, rubberized
coatings
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
City
Thanks to Andy M. for discovering
this company and passing along the info to us.

Chilton Guthrie &
Company
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
Coe-Hartung
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
guns

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 &
Sons
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
Street 
(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
Trunks

(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. &
Co.
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.
Thanks!

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

 Dooley, James
104 Third Avenue, New
York
Trunks, Bags, Hat Cases,
&c

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

Common and Wardrobe
trunks
913 Broadway, Cincinatti 

These trunks usually have
his ‘D’ with a Lion 

and the words “Beauty and
Strength”

DuBosq, Henry
trunkmaker, 90 Shippen
Street
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
1869-1871

 Durobilt
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
Co.

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

Later became OshKosh Trunk
Co.

 Easter & Winship
Boston, est. 1858
Winship later went off on
his own (see Winship)
 Eau Claire Trunk
Co.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
“Travelers Goods, Sample
Trunks & Cases a Specialty”
 Eggeman Duguid
& Company
Toledo, Ohio
Makers of Wall Trunks
 El Paso Trunk
Factory
El Paso, Texas
1920s
 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 
 Eveleigh
Made in Canada, Sold
in New York City 
 Evansville Trunk
Co
315 Main Street Evansville,
IN 
Thanks to TJ Bynum for
this one

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

Excelsior Trunk Co.
New Jersey
 Faber, H.C. and
Sons
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
Alley
(listed as such but in Rose
Alley in 1823 dir.)

Shown in 1825
Philadelphia City Directory

 Fibreware Specialty
Co.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Some leather trunks
 Forgie Maas &
Co.
106 Water Street, Boston 
Makers of Doll Trunks, est.
1868 
 Fox Brothers Trunk
Co
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
Maker
No 5 Chicago Street
Elgin, Illinois

Canvas covered box trunks

 Gallacher, James
I.
Salt Lake City 
 Gausepol, E. J.
& Co.
Hide-covered trunks
40 W. Washington Street,
Indianapolis
 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
Co.
18 Fourth Avenue, Below
8th Street, New York
“Manufacturer of Fine Traveling
Trunks, Bags, Satchels, etc.”

Girard Trunk & Bag
Co.
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
Baltimore.
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
Co.
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

 

 

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