11 Types of Storage Trunks
As well as adding style, and keeping things stored away in your home, Homes Direct 365 storage trunks are also the perfect solution for keeping organised, and travel. You can put away certain items that aren’t needed for a period of time whilst keeping them organised and in order. Today Homes Direct 365 will run through and explain the history, appearance and use of a handful of storage trunks.
Coming in many styles with varied practical properties, storage trunks have a vast variation of looks, such as:
- Jenny Lind Trunks
- Saratoga Trunks
- Monitor Trunks
- Steamer / Cabin Trunks
- Barrel Staves Trunks
- Octagon / Bevel Top Trunks
- Wardrobe Trunks
- Dome-top Trunks
- Barrel-top Trunks
- Wall Trunks
- Full dresser Trunks
Travel Trunk Cabinet
Among the many types of antique trunks, there is the saratoga trunk. Named after the popular holiday destination on NY, this place was often visited by the wealthy in the 1800’s. This trunk was made strong, sturdy, and secure. Specifically for travelling. Some of the locking systems were high-end technology at the time, and Saratoga Trunks were the best storage trunks of their day, making it a favourite of a growing breed of wealthy upper-class generation of Americans.
Saratogas had round top which are often referred to dome-top trunks in catalogues. Made from leather, metal or canvas, these pieces were commonly styled with decorative hardware and were definitely classed as one of the fancier varieties. With saratogas being the premium of trunk design; they can often emulate other styles, and retain the signature strength and durability that only a Saratoga Trunk has.
The myriad is also the most recognisable feature on the trunk, featuring compartments and trays, which can be very complex.
Cabin Trunks & Steamer Trunks
Bogart Storage Trunks
Known as travelling trunks, steamer trunks or cabin trunks, this style was often used as luggage for extended trips on steamships, trains, stagecoach or boarding school as student trunks. They were founded in the late 1870’s although they really became popular in the 1880-1920 period and would be seen quite often.
Although many people thought cabin, steamer and travelling trunks to be the exact same thing, a majority of people claimed cabin trunks to be the ‘true’ steamer trunks, being the equivalent of modern day hand luggage and used for more valuable items that were too expensive to go with the main luggage.
This particular style of trunk was identified by being covered in canvas, leather or patterned paper with a flat or slightly curved top. All these pieces were around 14 inches, in order to comply with the steamship luggage regulations which was why they were named ‘Steamer Trunks’, which since became a hallmark or this style.
Faux Leather Trunks
Jenny Lind Trunks
Identified through its distinctive keyhole or hourglass shape, the Jenny Lind trunk was named after the singer who shares the same while also being known as ‘The Swedish Nightingale’. This happened when she toured through America in 1850-1852 under the arrangement of PT Barnum. Jenny Lind trunks were also known as stagecoach trunks as they were used for stagecoach travel and also continued to be popular until 1870, being made in a large variety of shapes and sizes.
These traditional trunks were usually covered in leather or sole leather, with multiple iron bands around the curved body that were fastened with brass studs. They were often compared to the shape of a loaf of bread or figure of eight and were most likely decorated with fancy tooled leather, brass locks and extravagant interiors with paper lining and timings.
Take a look at the images above of this popular style of trunk and see if you like it for yourself!
Zebra Print 6 Drawer Luggage Wardrobe Trunk
Wardrobe trunks are basically a mobile wardrobe and would contain almost anything imagine. They would usually stand on their end to be opened, having hangers for clothes on one side and drawers on the other. Although many high-end wardrobe trunks would feature make-up boxes, mirrors, privacy curtains, removable suitcases/briefcases and even buckles and tie-downs for shoes. Take a look at the pictures bellow of the inside and outside of these complex pieces.
Being very large pieces, wardrobe trunks were often really heavy and were almost always used for extended travel by ship or train. You can still find storage trunks online due to a few companies still manufacturing these products and offering wardrobe trunk restoration.
Natural Shesham Set Of 3 Storage Chests
One of the most popular styles of trunks is the vintage dome top trunk, also known as a Victorian travel trunk. This style has a high, curved top that can reach up to 30 inches and can be constructed in a variety of methods such as barrel construction, moulded ply and cuffing.
Dome-top trunks can come in two styles, one being a camel-back style which is distinguished by having a vertically running top slat in the centre that is a lot higher than the other trunks. The other is known as either a hump-back or hunch-back which is similar but has no slat in the centre of the top.
Dating from the 1870’s-1900’s, there is a lot of dome top trunk history, and are seen as the most talked about of antiques, this had lead to them still being manufactured today.
Large Storage Trunk
Wall trunks are a specific type of trunk that can be opened to a 180 degree angle, making both hinges flat up against a wall. These pieces were and are a sought after piece if they are in good condition due to their speciality, even though they are a middle ranged price. Perfect for maximising storage.
Dating from the 1870’s to the 1900’s, the two main manufacturers of these products were Clinton and Miller and they’re brand names will most likely be engraved onto the hinges.
Wicker Merchant Set Of 3 Trunks
Overall there are a lot of styles of these products that were used years ago and still used today, even designer storage trunks! Whether you want to use these pieces to travel, style, organise, to keep as an antique or even if you want some modern storage trunks, we can assure you they’re impressive and very interesting.
You can view our full range of storage trunks on the links below
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