This fine old trunk came to us from Rajasthan, India sympathetically repaired and renovated. Old pieces like this all too often used to end up unloved and discarded but are now finding new lives in the West.
This large hard wood trunk is possibly teak and features a warm, rich colour with a lovely deep, aged patina. A heavy hasp, apparently brass, features decoration of curves and scallops. Two iron handles are fitted, one at each end, recent additions we would guess. We recommend that the handles are NOT used to lift this heavy item.
The front and lid are fitted with some metal angle banding, now mostly cosmetic as many lengths have been cut short to facilitate repairs and at least one is now missing. The lid is supported while open by a fairly heavy black iron chain on the right hand side.
Lift the lid to reveal a charming and useful wooden fretwork retainer that holds papers and documents and is sited at the inside base of the lid when open. Inside the body of the trunk on the left hand side is a compartment with a lifting lid for storage of valuables.
Old and well used, this trunk exudes charm. Our supplier in India suggested that it may well be in excess of 70 years old. It would now be at home as a coffee table trunk (please use coasters and mats!) or it may sit at the foot of a bed. A hallway or landing might accommodate this lovely item.
We are delighted to introduce our 'Old India' range of furniture; heritage, handmade items that you will not find anywhere else. Many of the items shown are historic pieces of furniture; others have been recently manufactured using old timber components from various sources; ie: floorboards, carved architraves and window shutters. Regardless of their make-up, each piece of furniture is made from genuinely old materials. This is surely the best form of re-cycling; giving discarded items a new lease of life and is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a genuine piece of 'Old India'. Each item is unique - no two pieces are ever the same - the item pictured on our website is the exact item you will receive. Expect to find knocks, dents and 'imperfections'. We believe this adds character to the pieces and we do not regard such 'imperfections' as 'faulty' - merely the sort of wear and tear that is to be expected with age. The items are fully and fairly described; we give special mention if pieces are especially worn, damaged - or where decorative details are missing. Each item of 'Old India' furniture is personally selected by us and our supplier is certified and accredited under the Indian government' s export regulations. Further information: 'Old India' furniture is manufactured from a variety of woods. We endeavour to identify the type(s) of wood contained within each item, but this is not always possible. Do not place your furniture in bright sunlight or near to a heat source, ie: close to a radiator. In highly centrally-heated rooms, some slight cracking and settling of the wood may occur - this will not affect the integral strength of the piece. Use protective mats/coasters to guard against damage from heat and damp - mop up any spillages immediately using a dry cloth. Dust using a soft cloth and polish occasionally using a traditional paste or wax polish. We recommend and sell John Mylands wax. We do not recommend the use of aerosol-type sprays.
Height 48cm Width 84.5cm Depth 45.5cm