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Victorian Trunks

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Trunks and steamers that were manufactured and were fashionably popular during the years from 1837 - 1901 are generally referred to as Victorian trunks. These trunks will also inevitably be referred to under other names, most commonly as the style of trunk or by the manufacturer of the trunk.

Victorian trunks are merely representative of the times in which they came into fashion and were commonly used. Victorian trunks can be categorized to make it easier to search as either steamers or non-steamers, although there are many types and styles to choose from.

Victorian Non-Steamer Trunks

1800s Antique trunk black wood leather handles original  Victorian era
1800s Antique trunk black wood leather handles original Victorian era
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Primitive Antique Victorian Era Stagecoach Box Chest Trunk w Brass Tacks
Primitive Antique Victorian Era Stagecoach Box Chest Trunk w Brass Tacks
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ANTIQUE VINTAGE CARVED WOODEN STORAGE CHEST BOX TRUNK cVICTORIAN EDWARDIAN
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ANTIQUE VICTORIAN SEWING THIMBLE HOLDER CASE BOX FIGURAL TRUNK
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN SEWING THIMBLE HOLDER CASE BOX FIGURAL TRUNK
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Victorian Trading Co Ollies Treasure Trunk Pewter Elephant Ring Jewelry Holder
Victorian Trading Co Ollies Treasure Trunk Pewter Elephant Ring Jewelry Holder
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English Victorian Turkish Kilim Upholstered Floor Trunk with Red and Blue Design
English Victorian Turkish Kilim Upholstered Floor Trunk with Red and Blue Design
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Victorian Steamers

Flat topped steamers began to appear in the 1870s and were found in greater numbers in the early 1900s until around the 1920s. These steamer trunks were favored because they were able to be easily stacked on top of one another and stored in the ship's hold.

ANTIQUE STEAMER TRUNK VTG VICTORIAN DOME TOP HUMPBACK WOODEN BRIDES BRIDAL CHEST
ANTIQUE STEAMER TRUNK VTG VICTORIAN DOME TOP HUMPBACK WOODEN BRIDES BRIDAL CHEST
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BlackDog Steamer Stagecoach Trunk Flat Top Wooden Victorian Wood 1800 Chest
BlackDog Steamer Stagecoach Trunk Flat Top Wooden Victorian Wood 1800 Chest
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Antique 19th C Large Victorian Dome Top Steamer Trunk Tin Covered Wood
Antique 19th C Large Victorian Dome Top Steamer Trunk Tin Covered Wood
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Antique Victorian Steamer hump back Trunk Chest
Antique Victorian Steamer hump back Trunk Chest
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1800s Antique Victorian Pressed Embossed Tin Steamer Trunk Chest
1800s Antique Victorian Pressed Embossed Tin Steamer Trunk Chest
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1800s Antique Victorian Pressed Tin Steamer Trunk Chest Dome Top
1800s Antique Victorian Pressed Tin Steamer Trunk Chest Dome Top
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Victorian Cabin Trunks

Another popular type of trunk was the cabin trunk which was a trunk that was smaller in height to a normal steamer and was carried onto the ship by the owner. It was low enough to fit under the berth in the cabin of the ship or on a train, giving it its name.

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Rustic Lodge Faux Wood Carved BLACK BEAR TREE TRUNK CANDLE HOLDER Cabin Decor
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Rustic Beau Bedroom Trunk Solid Wood Western Shabby Chic Lodge Cabin
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Bear  Paw Coaster Set Tree Trunk Holder Rustic Cabin Lodge Decor 65H Set 4
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Novelty Cabin Bath Cotton Jar WOODLAND CREATURES Raccoon in Tree Trunk
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Travel during the 1800s generally meant a lot of time on the road or sea and so the travelling trunk was an essential part of the luggage. Trunks were used to store all manner of personal items including clothes and equipment. During this time the manufacture of trunks developed from being merely a box into which everything was thrust to becoming an entire wardrobe including drawers and hanging space.

Some of the well known and respected trunk manufacturers of the time included Harry Bender, Louis Vuitton, Henry Likly & Co.

Victorian trunks are only a small part of the range of Trunks and Chests available here.

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