Trunks that have been used as a means of providing storage are extremely versatile objects to have around the home. They have been used for hundreds of years as a way of storing all kinds of possessions and were particularly useful when moving from place to place. Rather than carrying around a lot of smaller suitcases as we do today, travellers would load up their possessions into a trunk for transportation. Nowadays, decorative storage trunks serve a couple of purposes as a means of storage and as a decorative piece that looks good in the home.
Because they were made by a variety of craftsmen and specialists these storage trunks were made in a variety of different sizes. They are also available with all kinds of decorative features including dome or flat shaped lids, metal bands and corner pieces that both reinforce the box and protect it from bumps and knocks while in transit.
They are also made from a range of different woods, some of which are particularly attractive and have been used to create a memorable exterior surface. Trunks were made from materials such as maple, oak, teak, mahogany, cherry and pine and some of them were made from a combination of wood types for some pretty amazing results.
Collectors of antique storage trunks have the added advantage of not only bringing a decorative feature into the home that can be used in a number of different ways, but the trunks can actually hold their value or, in some circumstances, increase. Before you can confidently buy an antique trunk with the knowledge that it is an authentic vintage trunk you will have to get to know the world of trunks. This will help you to learn what to look for, what features are common for a particular brand of trunk and whether they are going to be worth anything down the track.
The challenges of buying antique trunks are no different to buying any other antique object. Just because it is old doesn’t automatically make it valuable. When you start out you should simply buy a trunk that appeals to your sense of style and then, later, use your growing knowledge to sniff out a bargain.