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Does Anyone Know the Make of This Trunk?

A wooden chest with panels.I have searched everywhere to find the maker, where this trunk came from, and its value. I see few trunks with wood slats going the opposite way except the camel back trunks?

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The inside of a wooden trunk.
 
The inside of a wooden chest.
 
The metal decoration on a wooden trunk.
 
The metal decorations on a wooden trunk.
 

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This is a typical trunk of the late 1800s and early 1900s. At that time they were often covered in smooth metal, embossed or canvas. They have wood slats and metal banding. Your chest is covered in canvas, the metal brackets are stamped "Pat Mar 80" - patented in March 1880. By law items such as locks, latches, etc. had to have a patent date (if they were patented). This is very helpful in dating trunks. So, the timing is right, since the style of your trunk was in vogue around this time.

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Sorry, I cannot understand what is written inside your trunk (on your photo). If it's Elm, then your trunk is made in England.

I don't know how high your trunk is. I see very often that antique trunks are called Steamer Trunk. True steamer trunk is a trunk, no more than about 14" high (width and length does not matter). This size requirement was one the steamship company's imposed.
If your trunk is no taller than 14 ", then you can name it Steamer Trunk ca. 1880. If no, then it's Flat Top Trunk ca. 1880.
I doubt you can find out more information about your trunk.

As I understand, you are selling this trunk for $ 300 www.ebay.com/.../224375621481?hash=item343dd44769...
The price is optimal.

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There are not enough pictures for anyone to guess what you have. If you could include better photos, we may be able to help you figure it out.

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If that is your trunk advertised as a Kittinger piece, I suggest having that verified as it appears the company is still around. www.kittingerrestoration.com/ I don't believe Kittinger made trunks--but they need to verify...also the dates would need to be verified because the company did not start production (they make reproduction of old items) but they did not start business until the late 1920s so if can't be theirs if it is from the 1800s.

Also that is yours and it is advertised as haunted, just a few words of guidance. If it is not haunted, the buyer is going to be very disappointed and they could request a refund or cause a lot of issues for you. Seriously. There are people out there who will fuss if the piece does not do what you say it will do--and that includes being haunted.

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If you are 100% confident that it will do what you says it does, then I hope the new owner loves it! There are people out there who live for this stuff and quite frankly, they take it very seriously and if you mess with them, they will mess with you back.

Please know that even though eBay has lots of items on there listed as haunted, they go through periodically and revoke seller rights to people that list items this away. They have a policy that prohibits selling intangibles which includes calling something haunted:
www.ebay.com/.../intangible-items-policy?id=5038

I have suggested in the past that some very scary dolls should be sold that way around Halloween...but that was before I learned of eBays policy. If you want to sell haunted items, safest to do so in an in person setting!

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Post back with more photos and maybe we can help! Thanks and good luck!

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You have advertised this trunk on eBay as a 1800's haunted steamer trunk? If you need more info , contact a professional for answers on your answers. - https://www.justanswer.com -and this link could help- www.reddit.com/.../

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I would take the pictures to an antique dealer for identification and value.

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You have a flat top trunk and it probably was made in the 1890's.
I see that you have your trunk listed on eBay as a 'haunted' trunk and have a lot of remarks listed in your description as shown below:

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"1800s Haunted Steamer Trunk. Shipped with USPS First Class.haunted ,demonic ,trunk does not like to be up againt walls ,trunk will move same distance everytime if it is against a wall ,origanally this trunk was used to store pictures in keepsake items ,then put some of my grandaughters toys in there for when she came over ,recently bought a toy cell phone was in this trunk the phone was telling her have a bad day :(did not say that at purchace have videos of the phone doing this :( this is a beutiful trunk metal work is very pretty :) its seriously has alot of demonic activity with it .my older son seen a woman from that era walking away from this trunk ,ive seen lights cannot explain sitting on the couch me and my son heard growling coming from it ,ice cold air by this trunk, everything sat in this trunk seems to be possed if your looking for a piece of history are not scared this would be the trunk for you .ive tried everyway to keep this trunk saged it with white sage black tourmaline in there, preacher even came out activity in this trunk is far worse this truly is a haunted trunk !"
www.ebay.com/.../224375621481?hash=item343dd44769...

I'm not sure that eBay will let this be posted very long but I guess we'll wait and see.

What size is your trunk that it can be shipped as First Class that is USPS service for mail that is under 16 ounces?

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