Jim Hash Display
Chuck Edwards and David Bard Display
Steven Lalioff Display
English Crown Trunk
The crown shaped lock escutcheon on this trunk identifies it as once having belonged to English peerage. Research has not as yet identified the original owner but the brass nails on the lid "EPD" give us a clue.
Crown trunks were made as early as the 2nd quarter 17th c. and could very well date much earlier. There are 6 examples in the Colonial Williamsburg collection dating from the from the 1670's into the 1750's. All examples I have found having bottom drawers date back to the 17th c.
The vegetable tanned covering, marble paper lining, bronze hardware and the more than 2000 brass nails suggest a person of great means originally owned this trunk. This trunk was an attic find in Baltimore, MD. The last owner stated it had been in the family for more than 200 years. It's condition suggest that it indeed was stored in an attic.
In the period, trunks such as these were not just considered luggage, but as fine furniture. Trunks of this size and quality were commonly set upon custom made stands to raise them off the floor and make their use more practical as a dresser.
Photographed at the 2012 CLA Show by Jan Riser.