They sometimes were made with a small brass handle on top and were made in many sizes.
A couple nice examples are at Mount Vernon, owned by George and Martha Washington.
They were lined with a printed paper or often old newspapers.
Trunks were made for the circus, for salesmen, musical instruments, tools, and many other purposes. 1860 This fabulous Jenny Lind trunk with graceful curves, from the 1860s period still has it's original tray and inner lid compartment with leather pocket, over 50 large brass "buttons", brass lock, and is in wonderful restored condition.
This is a 6 band trunk, which is rare to find, but has even more to offer, including the original folk art paper design work on the tray and top section! The brass buttons are all original and all metal trim and hardware are original.
Over the past thirty eight years, I have searched for more information on the history of trunks and for accurate information about trunk styles.
From a variety of sources and countless hours of research, I have obtained a number of historical documents which have answered many questions and provided an excellent true source of information on trunks.