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wood trunk

Posted By: Linelle <eldredjl@netins.net> (159.41.169.5)
Date: 5/8/3 17:05

Our son inherited a wood trunk from his great-great grandfather. It is from around 1880. The trunk had been stored in a hot attic for close to 50 years. The wood looks very dried out. The inside has been covered with wallpaper (numerous times) It has a arched top, leather handles on the sides (one is missing). It is a quite large trunk, standing close to 3 foot high and over 3 feet long. The inside is dry and clean smelling. How should we proceed with restoration on this trunk. Can we remove the wallpaper? How should we treat the the wood to restore the natural moisture in it. Our son would like to do this as a 4-H project. If we remove the wallpaper on the inside - should we leave the wood bare? recover it in an appropriate material for the 1880 era?

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