Philadelphia or New York
9 in x 18-1/2 in x 10-1/2 in
Leather, animal hide; probably basswood
Historic Odessa Foundation, gift of H. Rodney Sharp
Red leather trim has faded to brown in places and has frayed or been lost in other places.
Ex coll. H. Rodney Sharp
Small trunks such as this may have held business papers but more likely contained clothing and personal items for travel. Regardless, this one is attractively presented. The wood case has hide covers outlined in strips of red-colored leather attached with brass-headed tacks. The strips around the lock-plate have a sawtooth edge, adding more visual interest. The domed lid has a post-and-bail drawer pull that serves as a carrying handle. The trunk stands on two lengthwise battens.
Inside, the trunk is lined with newspaper—a common practice in large and small trunks. Newspapers include the front page of the Christian Advocate and Journal, published in New York and dated December 1, 1837. Another advertised the work of Robert Lovett Jr., a stone seal engraver of Philadelphia. A saddle, harness, and trunk maker from either city may have made this trunk. Another very similar small trunk, likely by the same maker, is accession no. 1959.3733.