I recently viewed the post from a user regarding an 1880's humpback steamer trunk (Need Help Please with Info/value of Humpback Trunk from 1880's on: January 21, 2011, 08:57:28 AM). I have a trunk extremely similar to this (same humpback, wooden slat style, same locks, slightly different leather handle, same interior construction including a "postcard" picture pasted on inside of lid (but picture is different). Locks have same PAT JUL 972 date and the wooden slat anchors on lid also say PAT MAR 1880.
I read waywardanglers comment that this is a fairly common immigrant trunk and have a question about that.... My trunk came through my father's family line who immigrated from Lithuania. All these years, we assumed the trunk came over with them, but in recently restoring it this month (it was a SOLID piece of rust, no visible pattern or detail of any sort), I discovered the PAT JUL 972 stamps on the locks so then wondered if that meant it was purchased in the US, perhaps after they arrived. Do you have any info on the manufacturer of these trunks, or where/when these were typically available? They settled in Illinois, so your comment about the Midwest makes me think it was purchased there perhaps... Any info you have would be great, even if it is just an educated guess!