Saratoga hutkoffer / scheepskist / dekenkist, ca. 1890
B 77 cm H 69 cm D 50,5 cm
In the late 1860s this type of large round top trunk became popular because it was used by the wealthy people visiting the spas and racetrack at Saratoga Springs, New York. They became popular for these reasons: 1) the round top ensured that they were placed on top of the other flat top trunks when they were loaded on to rail cars or ships, - thus minimizing damage to the trunk and its content and 2) when you arrived at your destination, your trunk would be unloaded first and this eliminated waiting at the train station or dock while the hundreds of other trunks were unloaded.
This trunk once was quite an expensive beauty. The curved top, plentiful nails, and fine hardware make this a high end trunk, often known as a 'Saratoga Trunk'. But in addition to that, it was once covered in leather instead of canvas which only the finest trunks were.