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Hi Matt,Whaddaya know... I'm still here.I looked on Ebay and found similar steam trunks that are 70-90 years old. Didn't find any clues regarding mine.Guess what, my trunk didn't move an inch in the past 3 years. it's used for storage and since we mop around it I'm afraid that water that seep under it have damaged somewhat the trunk's floor.What do you want to do with your trunk? do you want it to be functional? beautiful? faithful to the original?I'm at a point where I want it to be functional, and I care less for looks. plus all these rivets give me a headache.. I really don't know how to work with them...Regarding rust, it's either WD-40 to prevent it from spreading, oxalic acid that might remove it, make it metallic (THOUGH I HAVEN'T TRIED IT YET and it could potentially damage the leather), or paint/spray paint over it.
Long shot here since the last comment was 3 years ago - did you ever find out anything about this trunk? My mother had a very similar trunk, and it's anywhere between 60 and 100 years old (she definitely took it to college back in the early 50s, and I'm almost positive she said she got it from her father who was born in 1911). I really want to restore this, but I'm at a loss as to where to start.
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