An old travelling trunk perched on a pile of crap in a skip is something you shouldn’t really see. It’s sad, particularly on a street in Auckland where the trunk is older than 99% of anything else man-made within a 4000 km radius.
If you see something like this, please grab it. For prosperity.
No photos were taken prior to meddling with the rescued trunk, but it was very similar to the one below which I found with a Google search.
Where has the trunk been? Who knows, but now it’s in New Zealand and its manufacturer’s label (that unveiled itself when I removed the lining paper) confirms it started life at John Denby’s shop at 11 Edgware road, London at the turn of the 20th Century.
100+ years and this thing has gotten itself as far as a trunk can get before getting closer to home. Nice, right? And it’s probably never been on a plane in that time. Boats, trains. Maybe horse-drawn carts?
John Denty Travelling Basket Manufacturer
Of John Denty’s shop (and possibly where our trunk started its journey): this is what Google and I found:
- The shop was here: 11 Edgware Road
- It’s now the memorial wing of the Victoria Services Club and has been since 1957 when the wing was completed.
- That block was hit by two bombs in the WWII Blitz. Not sure if they wiped out our building. This 1932 vs 1952 map rather suggests bomb damage did mark the end of the premises John Dendy’s luggage shop resided in.
Cutting to the chase, the trunk is no longer a trunk. It is a weird shoe cupboard…and the as-of-yet-purposed-watch-this-space remaining bottom half.
You can buy it if you want.