Dresser Trunks

Dresser Trunks are fairly rare items and are certainly worth chasing for a slice of the more elaborate type of travelling trunk. Dresser trunks have lids that open up the front half of the trunk revealing drawers inside in which valuables were kept.

Dresser trunks from all kinds of trunk manufacturers can be found for sale here, some of them displaying some exquisite craftsmanship as well as intricate design work. Browse through the dresser trunks on display below and be aware that there are new trunks constantly added each week, so if the trunk you’re looking for is not here this week, check back again next week.

Pr Vintage Brass Bail Pull Furniture Hardware Blanket Chest Trunk Dresser Pull
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VINTAGE cast Iron Drawer Dresser Chest Trunk drop lifting handle ornate w plate
VINTAGE cast Iron Drawer Dresser Chest Trunk drop lifting handle ornate w plate
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VINTAGE cast Iron Drawer Dresser Chest Trunk drop lifting handle ornate w plate
VINTAGE cast Iron Drawer Dresser Chest Trunk drop lifting handle ornate w plate
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Dresser Desk Lamp with Brass Tree Trunk Base and Beaded Frill White Glass Shade
Dresser Desk Lamp with Brass Tree Trunk Base and Beaded Frill White Glass Shade
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American Girl KIT TRUNK dresser chest retired New in original shipping carton
American Girl KIT TRUNK dresser chest retired New in original shipping carton
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VINTAGE 4pcs cast Iron Drawer Dresser Chest Trunk drop lifting handle ornate 45
VINTAGE 4pcs cast Iron Drawer Dresser Chest Trunk drop lifting handle ornate 45
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VINTAGE 4pcs cast Iron Drawer Dresser Chest Trunk drop lifting handle ornate 45
VINTAGE 4pcs cast Iron Drawer Dresser Chest Trunk drop lifting handle ornate 45
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STALLMANS Dresser Trunk Chest Antique Steamer Wood Large Columbus OH Frank VTG
STALLMANS Dresser Trunk Chest Antique Steamer Wood Large Columbus OH Frank VTG
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1800s RARE Antique Stallman Theatrical Dresser Upright Trunk Original PICK UP OK
1800s RARE Antique Stallman Theatrical Dresser Upright Trunk Original PICK UP OK
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TRUNK W FLOWERS Trinket Box Pill Box Dresser Box Hand Painted
TRUNK W FLOWERS Trinket Box Pill Box Dresser Box Hand Painted
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The types of dresser trunks that are the most desirable are those that still have all of their drawers and the lids and trays are present and are still in good working order. Most dresser trunks were made with flat tops due to the working nature of the way in which they presented the inner hardware. However there are also examples of round topped dresser trunks available.

Dresser trunks didn’t only contain drawers and trays inside. Some of them, when opened, reveal desks with fold down front sections.

Well known manufacturers of dresser trunks included F. A. Stallman and Homer Young & Co both of whom made dresser trunks that are beautiful works that will be rewarding to track down.

Stallman Trunks

One of the most prominent manufacturers of quality dresser trunks was F.A. Stallman of Columbus Ohio. The theatrical Stallman trunks that were produced in the late 1800s and early 1900s were popularly used by performers of the time and were seen in many dressing rooms in theatres around the country.

Stallman trunks were usually made to be very strong and had heavy duty hardware to stand up to the daily and nightly rigors that came with an actively touring player. Within these wardrobe or dresser trunks were drawers and individual compartments to store all of the clothing and paraphernalia typically required by someone who was using it as a portable dressing room.

When buying a good quality dresser trunk such as a Hartman trunk it is very important that you take a look at the interior because this is where all of the magic takes place. The number of drawers and the way they slide is very important to the trunk’s operation. The lining of the trunk’s interior is also going to have a huge effect on the look and value of the trunk.

It is still possible to find examples of an old Stallman trunk although they are very likely going to be in a condition that might best be described as shabby. This shouldn’t mean the trunk should be dismissed because, in a lot of cases, even though the exterior might have been knocked around, there is a very good chance that the interior is as flashy and well preserved as when it was in constant use. There is definitely some potential profit to be made in finding a cheap old Stallman theatrical trunk or dresser trunk. Take a look through the range of wardrobe trunks or, if you are hoping to pick up an outstanding older trunk, browse through the range of antique trunks for sale.

Homer Young Trunks

The Homer Young Co. Was another maker of fine dresser trunks and this company was also based in Ohio, in this case in Toledo. The company specialized in wall trunks as well as dresser trunks and the emphasis was on the quality of the appearance of the trunk as well as the versatility it offered the owner.

Many of these trunks opened from the front bottom with the hinges located on the rear top. This meant that when the trunk was opened it would form a display where the drawers and shelves were set out diagonally. The result was a dressing table appearance that would allow the owner to get themselves ready at their trunk.

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