An iron bound, campaign pine trunk with a removable tin lining by SW Silver & Co.
This trunk has 3 two-inch-wide steel straps that run the depth of the top with further straps to the corners. The large lock plate to the front is cast with SW Silver & Co. Cornhill, London. To leave no doubt as to the maker, their name is also on the carrying handles and to an oval disc to the tin lining. These trunks were made by a number of manufacturers and they were sold on the strength that they would keep the contents dry and protected from moths and vermin. SW Silver’s version did seem to be popular though and they heralded it as the best.
S.W. Silver & Co. were well established manufacturers and suppliers of all the items needed for travel, starting business as early as 1838. They are recognised today as one of the more important makers and more can be read about them on our website in the Makers section.
Although perhaps made with strength and practicality in mind more than looks, this trunk is a good size for storage and its original selling points hold true. Circa 1900.