Updating an antique wardrobe trunk
About Our Workmanship: Our trunks are carefully restored and refinisfhed with only high quality materials and finishes.
Unless otherwise noted: All handles are replaced with original style, heavy, dyed leather handles (most are multi-layered stitched).
If the trunk belonged to one of your relatives then we can put no value on it. We can tell you countless stories of the folks who have dragged their sorry behinds into the shop, red eyes, begging for Grandad's trunk back.
We tell them we're sorry, but the trunk was sold to a guy in Minnesota who stores his cross-dressing supplies in it when he isn't using it as a stand for his piranha tank. Next, if it says 'Louis Vuitton' on it anywhere (or if it has little LV initials on everything from the tacks to the ribbons) you need to switch to more expensive scotch than the brand you've been swilling.
Keep this in mind if you have a trunk that you're considering painting.
Sit down, think on this for a good, long spell before you slap the pea-green paint to the old unit. This has something to do with the fact that the same pricing relationship existed back in the days when everyone bought trunks - dome tops (camel backs, hump backs, whatever you call the darned things in your neck of the woods) were more expensive, by about 50 cents, than flat tops.
The average canvas-covered, flat-topped trunk in 'as-found' condition (most of the canvas is there, handles are broken, tray inside, smells like mothballs, has someone's name on the ends, some rust here and there) is worth about 0 to 0 un-refinished.
You might be able to find a similar trunk or two and you'll see what the final sale price was.
While there are a number of experienced trunk restorers and appraisers around, we suggest you contact Marvin Miller at