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Hard to Find European Beveled Top Trunk with Zinc metal covering, wood slats, decorative hardware, and front leather strap closures. This type of trunk is perfect for many styles of decor, and highly sought after.
This Zinc covered Rare beveled top trunk is a real beauty. Simple Elegance in very solid well built construction makes this one special. Made in Europe in the 1869 time frame (dated by the lock), this one has been cleaned to the zinc finish (a nice bluish/gray patina), and the wood slats and interior all sanded to a smooth finish, and re-stained with a warm mahogany / walnut stain mixture. The front leather straps and buckles have been replaced with vintage leather to look like the original top sections. The side handles have been replaced with high quality reproduction large style handles. All the hardware is Very well built and substantial. We only see very few of these, and almost never in this condition. This will be great to use in multiple decorating situations, French country, Classic country, old world, western, etc. Circa 1869
Dimensions 33 1/2"L X 20"W X 21 1/2"H
The Beautiful Brass lock on this trunk is a Star Lock works 'PHILA' Lock, which was made in the U.S.A. and were very popularly used by American and European Trunk Makers. The lock flap has the Patent dates (MAY 64, FEB 67, MAY 68& NOV 70)marked on it. The lock  mechanism plate has this marking

On the rear of the trunk is the stamp in the metal pictured below. This is where the zinc for the covering came from.

Vieille Montagne is the name of a former zinc mine in Kelmis (La Calamine), a town in Belgium between Liège and Aachen. The mine's name is French for "the old mountain", and this is also reflected in its German name, Altenberg (earlier, Alten Galmei-Berg) It was first opened in 1805 and continued in operation until the end of the 19th century


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