When I found this old box or small trunk at a flea market years ago,I was quite smitten with myself and the $5.00 price I paid for it. I thought for sure that I had a very rare and valuable 18th. century treasure. Well maybe there was once a treasure inside! This box is all hand made from wood. It is covered in hand tooled leather with hand wrought hinges, a handle and a lock.The inside is paper covered with old book pages and a faded wall paper type pattern covers some of the words. It has the maker’s label on the inside underneath the cover ” John Clements Nephew and Successor to Mr. Henry Nickless Trunk Maker, At the original shop, the corner of St. Paul’s London.” I searched all and any information about this piece and could not find the name at all.
As I studied similar pieces more and more it all came echoeing back to me, condition,condition,condition. I was finding similar tooled 18th. century leather objects selling for $50.00-$400.00 with better conditioned leather. I have since learned that my piece is more on $50.00 side rather than what I was hoping for. Oh well, I think it looks great on my book shelf and it makes for a great conversation piece and goes to show that we all have our own niche of collecting and we are always learning about new things.
Becoming a collector can be most interesting as well as educational; It is the quest that keeps us going.