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Unusual and Rare 1880s Pharmaceutical / Medicine Trunk

Unusual and Rare 1880s Pharmaceutical / Medicine Trunk

This small trunk was used to transport bottles of medicine in the 1880s. I have owned 2 of these, and have seen one other. This one is the earliest, as the others were from around 1910. One of the others had a pharmaceutical tag on it. This tag, and the obvious construction, told me what these trunks were made for. Also, one of the other trunks still had a few bottles left in it. This trunk measures 17" long, 9" wide, and 10" high. Originally the exterior was covered with crystallized Tin, but the finish was gone so I removed it. The bottom still retains the original metal. This trunk is made extremely well as it was meant to protect its fragile contents. There are 2 iron bands the totally encircle the trunk. This trunk also has iron bound corners, and full size hardwood slats. The corners are protected, and reinforced by cast iron fingers. The handle holders, and latches are cast iron as well. All of the cast iron trim has been re-tinned to match the way it looked when new. The original lock works well, and a key is included. The interior has been painted the original Black, and removable Tin dividers keep the bottles from hitting each other.

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Product Information


Natural wood, Black & Bright Tin.


Pine, Oak & Steel.




Satin Sheen Tung Oil (A natural clear coat)

Care Instructions

Dust & Enjoy!

Product Age


Country of Origin

United States of America

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