from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small trunk originally designed to fit under the bunk of a steamship cabin.


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  • Steamer trunks which are sometimes referred to as Flat-Tops, first appeared in the late 1870s, although the greater bulk of them date from the 1880-1920 period. They are distinguished by either their flat or slightly-curved tops and were usually covered in canvas, leather or patterned paper.


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