Backyarchaeology: Trunk Corner Cap?

The latest strangeness to surface in the repository of odds and ends that is our Silver Lake backyard was this old specifically shaped piece of metal made the more curious by what seems to be the last of four curled up nails accompanying it.

Susan first thought it might have been a corner piece to an old mattress but then saw it more clearly as the corner brace/cap for perhaps an old trunk.

Seeing as I found it in the same area where I unearthed the corner of an old 1923 license plate and large pieces of sheet metal, I’m left wondering if the trunk might have been one on an old car, when a trunk was really and truly a trunk.

Another angle of the thing along with the rest of my Gallery of Backyarchaelogy is here on Flickr.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."