Having Hubs build me a tack trunk was the easy part, for me anyway. Next I had to come up with what hardware I wanted on it. Seems like a simple task, until you realize you live in a smallish town and no one carries what you need/want. Of course that meant relying on the internet, which is fine. I'm a good internet shopper and it is part of the lifestyle that comes with living in smallish towns. However, trunk hardware isn't necessarily so easy to find, and the same part can have several different names, and they aren't necessarily related to tack trunks, hope chests, or steamer trunks. Also, cost was a concern. If money were no object, then the hardware search would have been so much easier and more fun! But then I'd probably have just ordered a trunk years ago, have my own ranch with private indoor and trainer and be living like the 1%. I'm the 99% though, so cost of hardware (and shipping) came into play.
Here is what I would have loved to have (total Cost $187.69 +shipping)
Handles: (2) Chrome Trunk Handles - $26ea + shipping
Hasp Latch: Boat Marine RV Door Hatch Cupboard Chrome Plated Bronze Hasp 1" Wide x 3" long - $44ea + shipping
Hinge: Stanley Hardware 478500 2" x 72" Heavy Gauge Continuous Hinges - $15 available locally
Name Plate: Deluxe Oval Stall plate / Tack Trunk plate -$39.95ea + shipping
Case Corners: (2) 4 Large Flat Corners ATA Flight Case Speaker Cabinets - $5.38ea + shipping
Gas Springs: (2) 20" Columbia Gas Strut Spring Shock Support Arm Spring Lift - $12.99ea + shipping
Here is what I ended up getting (total cost $82.63 w/shipping)
Handles: Stanley Hardware 758305 3-1/2 Inch Zinc Chest Handles - $8ea available locally (mine were free)
Hasp Latch: 3" Chrome Boat Cabin Hatch/Door Hasp Latch - $8.95 w/shipping on Ebay.com
Hinge: Stanley Hardware 478500 2" x 72" Heavy Gauge Continuous Hinges - $15 available locally (mine was free)
Name Plate: Custom Metal Monogram Cutout - $20 w/shipping on Etsy.com
Case Corners: (2) 4 Large Flat Corners ATA Flight Case Speaker Cabinets - $15.68 w/shipping on Ebay.com
Gas Shock / Spring: 20" Columbia Gas Strut Spring Shock Support Arm Spring Lift - $15.00 w/shipping on Ebay.com
All in all, I am very happy with the hardware that I ended up ordering and it looks great on the trunk.
Happy trails and swooshing tails!