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Steamer Trunk ~ for traveling the High Seas ~ back in the day

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Project by John Smith posted 04-29-2018 06:38 PM 9514 views 6 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This style of trunk was used back in the days before airplane travel was common
and people traveled on cruise ships such as the Queen Mary (and the Titanic)
for their vacations that could last up to 6 months or more.
So they carried everything neatly packed in large wooden trunks. The rounded top was to prevent
other trunks from being stacked on top of theirs. This style had several names such as dome top,
camel back, turtle back, etc.
This project has been keeping me busy for the past couple of months. It is for my 14yo granddaughter.
more photos and the project build can be found on my blog.

-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --





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#1 posted 04-29-2018 07:57 PM

That’s absolutely beautiful.

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#2 posted 04-29-2018 09:05 PM

That is beautiful John. Lots of detail to take in. Your granddaughter must have been overjoyed.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#3 posted 04-29-2018 11:08 PM

That’s gorgeous, John. Thanks for sharing.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 04-29-2018 11:26 PM

Nice work! I will just slide one of my Titanic Trays in side for her!

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 04-30-2018 12:24 AM

I sure like your trunk, it’s really nice. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#6 posted 04-30-2018 01:10 AM

I dig it.

Where did you get the hardware?

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#7 posted 04-30-2018 02:45 AM

Very cool build. Hope she enjoys it a real work of art!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 04-30-2018 04:16 AM

This deserves a Daily Top Three.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#9 posted 04-30-2018 04:54 AM

So beautiful trunk and memory on one part of the history. I like those metal decorations.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 04-30-2018 07:15 AM

Dad had one about that size, but not nearly as ornate he made in Okinawa before coming home from WWII. The design holds a special place in my heart, all of his treasures were in there.

A guys version of a Hope chest. :-)

Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 04-30-2018 08:34 AM

You should be very proud of building this and it’s wonderful it will stay in your family.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#12 posted 04-30-2018 10:07 AM

cool

-- Petey

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#13 posted 04-30-2018 10:36 AM

WOW, very cool.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#14 posted 04-30-2018 12:19 PM

Looks Fantastic!

-- For those about to die, remember your bicycle helmet!

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#15 posted 04-30-2018 12:34 PM

Thanks guys for all the kind words !!
this is the final design that I got my ideas from – it is a fully restored
trunk from the 1880s. the people that restored it took off all the
metal hardware, stripped them down to bare metal and applied 24k dark gold leaf
to each part. of course the gold leaf will not endure rough handling if used for actual travel,
but, for display in a home or antique store, it will be an awesome piece.
[the idea of sending the parts from my trunk off for brass plating is still in the back of my mind]
Pinterest can be a dangerous thing in the wrong hands !! LOL LOL

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-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --

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