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Leather Trunk

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$4,999.00
SKU:
01-39-0055
Availability:
Usually ships within 2 weeks
Minimum Purchase:
1 unit

Product Overview

NOTE: Shipping takes 2-4 weeks due to the size of the trunk.



Design
Imagine a little girl lifts the top of this new trunk and puts her dolls and play pretties in just the right places. Imagine that same girl's dad helps her lift it into the bed of the truck as he takes her off to college. Imagine she has it open at her wedding for people to put their wedding cards into and then imagine that same girl is now an old lady rocking next to that old vintage trunk with a lifetime of memories. Now imagine her little granddaughter lifting the lid of that same old antique trunk and arranges her dolls and play pretties in it. This leather trunk was designed to be passed down from generation to generation and then one day be in a museum as a vintage turn of the century leather trunk. Your job is to break it in a little.  

No Breakable Parts: There are no breakable parts like zippers, springs, snaps, buttons or velcro. Nothing modern. Just hard buckles and a leather hinge, like they use to make them, but a little stronger.

Reinforced: Anywhere this leather trunk would have stress, it gets stitching, a rivet and a reinforcing hidden Polyester strap sewn in.

Large Pieces: This leather trunk was designed and built with as few individual pieces of leather as possible. The best part of a hide is chosen for each side instead of sewing several pieces together to make one flat space. Seams are from the devil because it is at the seams that things begin to fall apart. Each side is made from one hide all by itself. 

Stitching: Hand Stitching is an art and it is done beautifully here. There are some parts that we used one of our heavy duty industrial sewing machines on and we set it to sew at only 5 stitches per inch. That gives it a little more texture to the design but also keeps the distance between the needle holes as far apart as possible. That is important because sewing machines are also known as perforation machines and when the holes are too close together, the leather tends to tear easily. 

Materials
Full Grain Leather: The leather we chose for this trunk is the strongest cow leather there is because it still has the full amount of grain in it. Every hide comes with what is called "grain" which is the toughest and most water resistant fibers of the whole hide. But cowhides come thick, so the tannery splits them in half and then sells two hides. A strong one with grain and a weak one without. The top half is the toughest because it has all of the grain still on it and the bottom half has been neutered. The bottom half is called Split or Genuine leather and also suede. If you're wondering the difference between our leather trunks and lesser priced ones, this is a huge part of it. If you're going to invest in one, get a quality one. Would you ever buy a new roof for your house if they didn't put shingles on it? And our leather is a little thicker than work boot leather.

Lining: We line all of our trunks with tough pigskin, which is actually stronger than cowskin. And we put it skin side down so you get a beautiful and rich look and feel. 

Thread: Not only do we sew this leather trunk with as few seams as possible, but we sew it with a UV resistant continuous filament Polyester thread instead of cheap Nylon thread. The good and bad of Polyester is it never deteriorates. That's good for thread but bad for clothing and sheets. Did you know that the Polyester in bedding doesn't allow people to sleep as well and gives people skin problems? But when it comes to our German engineered thread, there is none better for longevity and durability. And we use the double ought thickness version of it. And we hand stitch using a waxed linen boot cord. 

Hardware: We developed our own custom hardware for this leather trunk out of 316 Stainless Steel. To the common man, it's a common metal, but if you tell a metallurgist that we use 316 Stainless Steel, they'll gasp and then tell you we're lying. It is the metal of choice for extremely high end wrist watches and Apple even uses them for their high end iPhones because of its hardness and corrosion resistance over other types of stainless. It is expensive and kind of overkill, but we have never had a single issue with our hardware failing. If your life depended on the hardware not failing, may it depend on ours. Our clasps were tested and rated to hold up to 750 lbs. 

Functionality
Front Door: It is expected that this trunk will end up in the stunning living room or in a quality office space and that means there will be decor on top. Therefore, I designed this leather trunk with a front door to get board games or extra blankets out without having the clear the top off to get inside. 

Removable Tray: The tray inside gives you a second layer to store things and has removable dividers so longer keepsakes, important rolls or other valuables can fit the length of the trunk.

Pockets Behind the Pockets: The three pockets fixed to the inside of the lid each have pockets behind them for keeping extra valuable pieces. No one expects them to be there and therefore will not know to stick their hand back there. A nice place to drop a note for your descendants.

Product Details
100-Year Warranty

Dimensions (W x H x D)
36.75" x 18.75" x 21.25"
Weight: 120 lbs.

Reviews

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  • 5
    issues same as stated here in first review

    Take care of solving these issues and I will buy. If I am to pay this much for the trunk I want perfection in function.

  • 3
    Good but needs attention to detail

    First I must state that I am an avid Saddleback Leather customer and have purchased a lot of their products.

    The obvious... It’s very expensive! Of course I knew that when I bought it but at this price every detail of this trunk should be double and triple checked before leaving the factory.

    First issue: The removable tray. The removable tray that sits in the trunk can slide forward or backward and it falls off the rails that support it, causing one end to drop down into the trunk, either the front or back end depending which way you slide it. Remedy: What they should of done is make the tray about 1” or 1.5” longer and the tray would not drop. This is noticeable and should of been caught before leaving factory.

    Second Issue: The flip down panel. The gap between the flip down panel and the trunk is about a .25” all the way around the panel on my trunk. It looks noticeably too wide of a gap. Saddleback’s website shows nice, tight tolerances between the flip down panel and trunk. They don’t need this much gap/clearance to be able to open and close the panel properly.
    Remedy: All they needed to do was to make the panel a bit larger all around. This should have been caught before leaving the factory as well.

    Third Issue: Tack on bottom of trunk. The trunk has four silver colored tacks on bottom of all four corners of the trunk to keep it directly off the ground. One of the tacks on my trunk was nailed out of position from the rest of the tacks. This is a small issue but important one because if your going to spend this amount of money on a chest the builders should pay attention to details like this. Also, all four of the tacks seem to move/wobble when I wiggle them with my fingers. This leads me to believe the nail end of the tacks are not long enough to drive into the wood, it feels as if the nail on the end of the tacks are only tacked into the leather. I can’t say for sure but that is what it feels like.

    Summary:
    I didn’t intend for this to be a long drawn out review but it is an honest review of what I received. Hopefully this will help someone who might be interested in this trunk and also inform Saddleback of issues they should be aware of. If Saddleback can address and remedy these issues then I would say they have a beautiful Leather Trunk worth $5000 but as it stands now I would give this leather trunk a B-. Good but could easily be improved to be and A+.

  • 5
    It's Big. It's Beautiful. It's Imperfectly Perfect!

    Let me start by stating the obvious. This is an expensive piece. In fact, it is the most expensive piece of "furniture" in my house. I absolutely do consider the trunk to be furniture rather than just storage.



    A couple things to consider, especially if you are buying one in Tobacco. As I understand it, most of these trunks are built-to-order so unless there happens to be one in stock, you won't really know the condition of YOUR trunk until you get it.



    Why does this matter? It's a big trunk. It uses a lot of leather. It's NOT going to look perfect. Mine has some scars, bug bites, and scratches. It's going to get more too, I'm sure.



    If you are looking for perfection, get DCB or some other color.



    While I like imperfections, I do not like water marks from some ill advised coasterless glasses. To that end, the lid of my Trunk is treated with Chamberlain's #3 waterproofing. It will darken the leather a bit, but looks great.



    It's a beautiful piece. You'll love it!

  • 5
    Functional art that is aching to be used.

    This chest is a beauty. And it takes two people with strong core muscles to move it properly. The table tray with removable dividers, pockets and over all design is just,,,,A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! The tobacco color is just stunning and is every time I walk through the door to see it. Although, it is not quite yet ready for things to go in yet. It is a piece of functional art that I truly enjoy seeing, smelling and yes, even touching. It is a beauty of piece of furniture.