They were covered in leather and hide and usually ornamented with brass tacks.They were lined with a printed paper or often old newspapers.Trunks were made in a large variety of shapes and sizes and from many materials and date back to pre-medieval times.
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Early trunk catalogs and ads describe Saratoga trunks as a "large round top of the highest class".
Round top and barrel top trunks were made in a wide range of sizes and coverings.
Models made with brass banding are referred to as "brass bound" Jenny Linds.
They were so popular that the style continued until about 1870 in many sizes and varieties, including doll trunks.
Large and tall trunks for clothes and shoe storage were Wardrobe trunks, most containing hangers and drawers.
Large flat top trunks with drawers were known as Bureau or Dresser trunks.
Trunks were made for the circus, for salesmen, musical instruments, tools, and many other purposes. 1860 This fabulous Jenny Lind trunk with graceful curves, from the 1860s period still has it's original tray and inner lid compartment with leather pocket, over 50 large brass "buttons", brass lock, and is in wonderful restored condition.
This is a 6 band trunk, which is rare to find, but has even more to offer, including the original folk art paper design work on the tray and top section! The brass buttons are all original and all metal trim and hardware are original.
The name started based on large trunks used by the wealthier people visiting the spa resort and racetrack at Saratoga Springs, New York.
The Saratoga Trunk evolved into a very large, round top style with fancy trim, covered in either leather, canvas, or metal.
The earliest trunks made in America were rather primitive and date to the late 1700s.