Age and Value of Chest?

I came across this old chest and need help determining age and value. I was going to sand and paint or stain it but my neighbor said "no don't touch it get it appraised." Here are some pictures I took of it. I haven't done any work to it. So any help would be appreciated, thank you.


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November 18, 20200 found this helpful
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To tell you the truth on this one there is not much information about the manufacture to go on. However, I did search for older chests like this and they were very popular around the 19th century. Here is a really good article for you to read about chests.

The condition of your trunk is in very poor shape and the price you would get for selling this would not be much. When selling this online you'd need to take into consideration the shipping cost. Plus if you only sell this for pick-up only this limits the number of people who would be interested in this.

If this was mine and I wanted to display this in my home I would invest in the time to restore it, sand it down, clean it up, and stain it again. I feel this piece would really add to a living room or even a bedroom. I would not worry so much about selling this but instead using this in my home.

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November 18, 20200 found this helpful
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First - this seems to be a very nice antique/vintage steamer trunk and although it is difficult to actually tll condition from pictures most of your trunk looks to be in good condition and does not seem to be missing any hardware - which is very good. Almost no rust?
Your pictures are pretty good but you are missing a picture of the trunk fully open showing the front and the the inside lid. These should be taken at a lower angle and also at an almost full standing position. You need to be able to see the full trunk in opened position. It is very difficult to tell about the full inside lid and this may be an important piece of information.
The majority of older trunks do not have a brand name shown but some appraisers will know more about when and who made it.

I would say to not do anything to this trunk until you find out out more about it, especially what country made it - hopefully France as I believe their trunks are the most valuable - America - not so much.
You can take a look at similar trunks on eBay and Etsy so you can get an idea of what might be selling and also how sellers are presenting their pictures. You'll find the asking prices are very different but most will be 'pick up only' and that means only in your area.

This is the link to actual trunks that sold over the past few months so check out the sold prices and where they are located.

Your best option is to try and obtain information from legitimate appraisers just in case you have a valuable trunk.
You can go for some forums first as they many times have members who know a lot about these items - you'll have to join each site but post to all - just post main pictures and not all hardware unless they ask for more.

Free appraisals:

This site is probably the best but the charge is $28

Just information:

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November 16, 20200 found this helpful

I did not see a label or company name to get a start on the history of this piece. It looks old , and requires more of a professional antique seller/appraiser . - - - also here are a few of others on eBay and what there asking prices are- ranging from the $100's to the $1000's -

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