Are antique steamer trunks valuable?
While a luxury antique Lois Vuitton steamer trunk may not go for less than $20 000, there are normal household vintage types you can get on Amazon for less than $100. To further reveal the value of antique trunk boxes, you can watch this YouTube video on “5 secrets on Antique Trunks & Boxes”.
Why do steamer trunks have rounded tops?
The curved top not only offered a little more storage space, it meant that when traveling it had to be placed on the top of the stack, and not the bottom, thereby reducing the likelihood of damage. What’s it Worth? Whether flat-top or dome-top, many people love their trunks.
How do you deodorize an old trunk?
If any odor remains, place a small bowl filled with white vinegar in the bottom of the trunk and close the lid. Vinegar is a natural odor absorber and neutralizer that will help rid the trunk of odor. Leave the bowl of vinegar inside the trunk overnight.
What can I do with a steamer trunk?
Protect the top of a leather or very old wooden trunk with a sheet of glass or a metal tray to avoid water rings and provide stability to glassware or decorative objects. The generous space inside of a coffee table-sized steamer trunk works to store clothes or bedding and pillows for occasional couch surfers.
How do you clean an old steamer trunk?
Mix up a 1/2 cup of Murphy’s Oil Soap in a bucket of warm water. Dip a sponge in the solution and wring it out until it’s damp, not sloppy wet. Wipe the inside of the old steamer trunk out until it’s clean. Rinse and wring the sponge out as needed.
How can you tell furniture is reproduction?
The tell tale signs of a handmade screw are: little or no taper, misaligned slot on the head and a much shallower spiral. If furniture is extensively glued together, as opposed to using joints, then it’s probably a reproduction. Round nails were not introduced until about 1900, before which they were square cut.
What can I do with an old trunk?
If you find a beautiful vintage trunk you can even use it a purely decorative piece. It doesn’t have to be repurposed as a bedside table, coffee table, nightstand or anything else. Just use it as a place to display a few decorations and place on the hallway or somewhere where everyone can see it and admire it.