"Funny, my mind went straight to height whereas yours went to the trunks length, but you are correct we should have stated which dimension axis we were referring to.
Excellent website for trunk information by the way."
"Normally a dimension shown as 14" would mean the length, but since you, Tonya, didn't clarify that is what I thought. Length X Width X Height, which is why I said I've never seen a 14" (long) trunk.
Tonya, all that new info…"
"From everything I've read and according to the dictionary Steamer trunks were made to fit under the bunks of a ship. This is from Collectors Weekly who I feel like are a pretty reputable authority:
"Flat-top trunks, or steamer trunks, were…"
"Steamer trunks were also used on trains, coaches and buggies and motor vehicles. As I stated the rounded tops prevented agents from stacking other freight on top. I've never seen a 14 inch steamer trunk..."
"What are the dimensions of your trunk?
There is a great deal of information on Wikipedia about the various styles of trunks used over time, including the steamer trunk. Just keep in mind the information portrayed there should always be backed…"
If you Image search Antique Civil War Trunk - #449
There are some similar, but I did not find any metal
If you search Antique metal sided barrel top Trunk - #449
There are some here with metal side
Can anyone tell me anything about this trunk? It also had numbers painted on the side in Black paint. The women I bought it from said it was her great grandmothers and had been told it belonged to a civil war soldier, but I thought that era trunks were more canvas lined because they needed the metal for war? The metal is magnetic so not zinc. Thanks!See More
Can anyone tell me anything about this Dantesca style chair? It looks hand carved but has more modern saw cuts underneath and on the bottom of the legs (could be that they were cut shorter at on point to put it on wheels as it has holes in the bottom). Under the seat is a very thin wood. The upholstery had been laminated when I bought it so looks new but definitely has that 60s/70s feel. I haven't seen one with the rungs under the arms either. Thank you!See More
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