Information About Chest Storage Box?

An old wooden chest.Hi, would someone tell me something about this piece? Type of wood, age and range price if I want to sell it?

Thank you.


The side of a wooden chest.
The open wooden chest.
Information About Chest Storage Box?
A ring handle on a wooden chest.
The metal corners on a wooden chest.
The hardware on a wooden chest.

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November 8, 20210 found this helpful

There is not enough information. You need to look for identifying marks on this chest. Also, what kind of wood is it?

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November 8, 20210 found this helpful

O tried to find some marks but I didn't. And I have no idea about the type of wood. I was wondering if someone more expert could tell me.

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November 9, 20210 found this helpful

Thanks for posting! This type of trunk is often referred to as a domed immigrant trunk (where I am, but others may call it other things). I have seen them called barrel top also.


Most of the original ones (1800s-mid 1900s) were made of pine (typically lighter in weight than oak or other hardwoods), but it is very difficult to tell from the photos. It is usually best to have some one see it and feel it to verify the wood type.

The screws look centered (the groove) so that lends it to being made from the 1840s to today when hand hewn screws were replaced by machine made.

It looks like even dovetailing connections which lends it self to being after the 1860s to today when hand dovetailing was replaced by machines.

It is difficult to tell from the photos what the handles are made from. Can you tell? If they are original, that can help date the piece.

As you can becomes a process of elimination for even the experts. Part of this is because throughout history "new" pieces were often made to look old.


There are two sites I as a reseller use when I need deep details...

You may want to reach out to this site and see if he can help:

First read his truth and myths post which sums up why dating trunks is so hard:

OR there is a Facebook group called Steamer Trunks and Restoration. They are good also--but you have to follow their rules so check those out before asking.

Also check out their media section because you will need different types of photos for them vs what is posted here.

As for value, that is regional and once you get a good ID on the piece for age--it will be best to check with a few antique dealers in your town to find out what they fetch where you are.

You could sell it online, but shipping is a nightmare so the antique dealers can give you retail values for your area and you can expect to get 1/2 of retail if you sell it on your own (typically--sometimes you get more, sometimes less).


Post back what you learn! Thanks for asking!

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November 23, 20210 found this helpful

This is a Rustic Dome Top Coffer Trunk or Chest.
It is made from oak or pine. Examine the wood carefully.
Oak grains are more wavy with more knots and unique markings. It is more defined and noticeable than the grain on pine because, like most hardwoods, it has deeper pores. Pine tends to have straighter grains that are lighter.
Pine is usually a lot lighter than oak due to the density of the wood. Oak is a hardwood while pine is a softwood. Softwood isn't actually soft. The actual difference between soft and hardwood is in the structure of the wood. While softwood is still very strong, hardwood is more durable. This means that oak furniture has a longer lifespan than pine. This is why oak is more expensive.


Your trunk/chest is from the 18th or 19th century.
Trunks in the 19th century often had metal elements (cross slats, latches). Your chest has no cross slats, no latches, and therefore no patent dates, so it cannot help define the 19th century of manufacturing.
The handles of your chest are similar to those of trunks/chests made in the 18th century, for example 18th Rustic Solid Oak Dome Top Coffer Trunk or Chest, but also a bit like the handles used in the 19th century, for example 19th Century Victorian Rustic Pine Dome Top Trunk, Antique Pine Trunk, English Carriage Chest, Victorian Circa 1880
Rustic Chestnut Trunk With Over-Scale Iron Hinges, English Circa 1860
In the 19th century, trunks were often covered with canvas or leather or metal.


Your chest was not covered as the outside of the wood is very different from the inside. It so happens that the old covering sometimes is removed, but then the surface of the wood on the outside does not differ so much from the surface on the inside.
Although it is believed that the majority of the trunks that people own today were made between the 1860s and the early 1920s, this is not always the case.

The price depends on the period when the chest was made.
The price of Rustic Solid Oak Dome Top Coffer Trunk or Chest circa 1750 is 750 Euros
Late 18th.c. Oak Seaman's Chest c.1790 was sold for UK £695 (about US $936.65)
The price of 19th Century Victorian Rustic Pine Dome Top Trunk is $812.79
The price of c. 1725 Antique GERMAN Colonial Immigrant Chest Dome Top Trunk Or Blanket Chest is US $2,550
I think your chest/trunk was made in the late 18th century or early 19th century.

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November 26, 20210 found this helpful

Old dome trunk of a corsair 18th century fir H 57 cm x W 90 cm x D 60 cm sold for 120 Euros (at a discount, the price was initially 170 Euros)

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