Victorian Trunks

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

Adorable Boy Navy Trunk Flowers Cute Border 2 of 6 Victorian Trade Card
Adorable Boy Navy Trunk Flowers Cute Border 2 of 6 Victorian Trade Card
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Adorable Boy Peddler Trunk Hat Cute Border 3 of 6 Victorian Trade Card
Adorable Boy Peddler Trunk Hat Cute Border 3 of 6 Victorian Trade Card
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Victorian Old World Map Medium Wood Storage Trunk Wooden Chest
Victorian Old World Map Medium Wood Storage Trunk Wooden Chest
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Antique Victorian Medium Wood Storage Trunk Wooden Hope Chest
Antique Victorian Medium Wood Storage Trunk Wooden Hope Chest
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ANTIQUE VINTAGE CARVED WOODEN STORAGE CHEST BOX TRUNK cVICTORIAN EDWARDIAN
ANTIQUE VINTAGE CARVED WOODEN STORAGE CHEST BOX TRUNK cVICTORIAN EDWARDIAN
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Antique Victorian Wooden Trunk
Antique Victorian Wooden Trunk
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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.

1800s Antique Victorian Flat Top Steamer Trunk Chest Refurbished
1800s Antique Victorian Flat Top Steamer Trunk Chest Refurbished
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1800s Antique Victorian Tin and wood Steamer Trunk Chest
1800s Antique Victorian Tin and wood Steamer Trunk Chest
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BlackDog Antique Steamer Trunk Dome Top Victorian Chest Stagecoach C1800 Blue
BlackDog Antique Steamer Trunk Dome Top Victorian Chest Stagecoach C1800 Blue
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ANTIQUE STEAMER TRUNK VINTAGE VICTORIAN PETITE BRASS STUD STAGECOACH CHEST W KEY
ANTIQUE STEAMER TRUNK VINTAGE VICTORIAN PETITE BRASS STUD STAGECOACH CHEST W KEY
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Victorian XLarge Scrap Lady with Steamer Trunk Detailed Dress 85 x 875
Victorian XLarge Scrap Lady with Steamer Trunk Detailed Dress 85 x 875
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Antique ca1885 Victorian Dome Top Steamer Trunk
Antique ca1885 Victorian Dome Top Steamer Trunk
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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.

ANTIQUE 20thC RARE GOYARD CHEVRON CANVAS CABIN TRUNK c1910
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Antique Style Flat Top Wood Trunk Set Vintage Farmhouse Cabin home Style decor
Antique Style Flat Top Wood Trunk Set Vintage Farmhouse Cabin home Style decor
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Rustic Lodge Faux Wood Carved BLACK BEAR TREE TRUNK CANDLE HOLDER Cabin Decor
Rustic Lodge Faux Wood Carved BLACK BEAR TREE TRUNK CANDLE HOLDER Cabin Decor
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Black Bear Lodge Wastebasket Tree Trunk Shaped Trash Can Rustic Cabin Camp NEW
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White Original Mossman CABIN 90cm Trunk Storage Box Chest Steamer Case
White Original Mossman CABIN 90cm Trunk Storage Box Chest Steamer Case
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14 Bear on Tree Trunk Fountain Forest Animal Cabin Waterfall Garden In Outdoor
14 Bear on Tree Trunk Fountain Forest Animal Cabin Waterfall Garden In Outdoor
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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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