|Antique Flat Top Trunk
W/Tray & Working Key
Wilkins Trunk Mfg - Dallas - Maker
"The Sandow" Model
A super well built antique flat top from Wilkins Trunk Mfg which was founded around
1902. They were located at 271-273 Elm Street in Dallas, Texas. This particular model
is what they called the "Sandow" which is something we seldom really know. The
trunk measures a large size 36.5"L X 25"H X 22.5"W and is very solidly constructed.
Not a big guesser on wood types but the wood here generally reminds me of solid
aged birch or maple with a slightly softer tone rather than the more commonly found
pine. This is noteworthy I offer. This trunk has a fibre trim which was toned brown.
Such fibre became popular in the earlier 1900's as a durable replacement for leather. It
is complete and looks nice against the wood. All hardware is original including the
heavy cast latches and Yale and Towne lock which comes with a working key.
Something extra nice about this trunk is the nail work which is tightly spaced and the
nail heads were cleaned up to show clearly against the darker trim. The wood slats
appear to be oak. On the very top is a very nice brass makers tag. It is simply a well
made, heavy weight trunk.
The inside is lightly finished wood similar in appearance to the outside. A very nice
tray of the same wood is included. It is divided and quite deeply made with a blanket
or two fitting in the larger compartment no problem.
Of note - This trunk originally came with leather straps across the top. Some wish to
use these as coffee tables so I am offering it without the straps but they can be added.
A photo of how the strap keepers on the top would generally appear is included below