HMS, Her Majesty's Ship (or His Majesty's Ship). A term that conjures up images of majestic ocean liners crisscrossing the Atlantic. Whether vacationing in Europe, or traveling to the Americas for a new life, all had one thing in common. Most all carried their prized possessions in a trunk. From a 13" high Cabin or "Steamer" in your stateroom, to an exquisite Barrel Top, carefully stowed away awaiting your destination. The ocean was not the only place trunks traveled. They were also at home on the railroads, and on a stagecoach.
I have always had a love of antiques, but none more than the majestic, hard working trunk. I would have to say my favorite trunks were made between the 1860s and the 1890s, and I prefer, and attempt to acquire, trunks that are less common and more elaborate. However, I will put as much hard work, and care on a paper covered packing trunk as I will on leather Saratoga. My goal is try try and keep the trunks I work on as original as possible. There are far too many so called restorers out there ruining beautiful trunks. A true attempt at a restoration is something that not only takes time, but also a knowledge of trunks.
I don’t claim to 100% restoration on my trunks, but
I do get closer than anyone else. I can honestly say that I have done more to
try and restore trunks then any other trunk re-finisher. I have re-tinned trim
parts, and have had missing parts cast to replace them. I have also tried, more
than any other restorer, to accurately reproduce/repair the original interiors
In addition to selling restored trunks, I also offer repair and restoration services. Use the contact form to let me know what your needs are. Sorry, I do not work on any Wardrobe trunks (these are the large ones with drawers, and hangers). Also, before I can even begin to discuss a restoration/refurbishment of your trunk, I will need pictures of it. No cell phone pictures please, and include your phone number. I am always looking to buy trunks so please send me a picture of what you are selling. HMS trunks is located 60 miles south of San Francisco in San Jose, California. Thank you for visiting my site, Jim Cardoza
I am looking to buy trunk catalogs and trunk paraphernalia/memorabilia. I am especially interested in anything by the Romadka Bros. Trunk Co. Always buying Romadka trunks and trunk parts. Please see the sold Romadka trunk on the for sale page for an idea of what a Romadka trunk looks like. Please send pictures of any trunk you think I may be interested in. Thank you, Jim