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Object Name Trunk
Date 1790-1800
Description Oblong trunk with hinged lid. Cylindrical form made of wood and hair-covered animal hide with wrought iron hardware. Lid has initials ".R.C." spelled with brass tacks inside an oval shape; brass tacks also form decorative outlines and designs on the exterior of the trunk. Overall dimensions are 13 inches high x 31.25 inches long x 14 inches wide.
(Keywords: Early American)
Acquisition Gift of the Conner Family
Ownership and History This type of trunk, sometimes called a hair trunk, was used for storage and for traveling.

One Conner family descendent, writing in the twentieth century, relayed a story that this trunk had been used by Richard Conner (1723-1792) as a flotation device when he was shipwrecked on his way from Ireland to New York. However, the date and appearance of the trunk suggest its original owner may have been Richard's son, Richard Conner II (1763-1853).

The trunk was deposited with the Staten Island Historical Society by Bertha Conner in 1934. In 2013, a formal gift of the object was made by E. Blanche Conner and Annamay Barnard in memory of Harold E. Conner (1918-2013).
Earliest Date 1790
Latest Date 1800
Subjects Luggage
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Conner, Richard II
Conner, Richard
Catalog Number F04.0063
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible in memory of Harold Conner, March 2014.
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