Value of a Cedar Hope Chest

October 17, 2020

A hope chest with an inlaid wood pattern.I have this hope chest I want to sell. I don't know what it is worth? Can anyone assist me? It is in very good condition, minus a couple of scratches on the exterior. The inside is in excellent condition.


There is no serial number or brand name on it.

A hope chest with an inlaid wood pattern.
A hope chest with an inlaid wood pattern.
The inside of a cedar hope chest.
The inside of a cedar hope chest.
The inside of a cedar hope chest.


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First off who made the hope chest? Normally there is some sort of label on the hope chest that will give you the manufacture and also the style number of the hope chest. If you look online hope chests are listed for $150-250. This is the normal asking price range for these chests. The price people sell them for is different than the asking price. Most hope chests are currently selling for around $135. Not a lot of people are buying this sort of item these days. Hope chests are a thing of the past and were actually very popular when mom was a little girl. When I was a teenager in the early 70s my mom wanted me to buy a hope chest and start filling it up.


By this time I was not interested in doing this and I did not care about saving up for a wedding one day. Times have changed and not a lot of people buy or fill up a hope chest anymore. There are some people who still do buy these types of chests and keep blankets in them. I would try and sell this locally and have pickup only on it. The reason I'm saying this is the items is very large to have to box up and ship off to someone. You can try to list this locally for around $150-200 and take the best offer.

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Is there any marks on the underside of your piece?

It has me very, very curious.

First the top is an amazing waterfall style--Art Deco Design. If this was marked Lane or Roos or one of Shockey it may be valued in the $200-$500 range depending on where you are.


What is puzzling is first, no marks.

Second, the hinges look much newer than what would have been on an authentic from the 1920-1930s era--although I can't see them in person--and maybe I am not seeing them right--but old hingers are thin, fragile looking things--and these look heavier and more sturdy--so may not be original to the piece.

Also, the wood grains on the front are not consistent and I find that really, really odd. Most times the inlay lines up to make a consistent pattern, but this seems off--could be the picture or old eyes.

I am thinking someone made a Frankenpiece with a waterfall top and a bottom or bottoms from several other pieces--it looks like the fronts maybe veneers affixed to the wood affixed to the cedar inside shell.

This is the true danger of looking at photos (even good ones like yours).

If this was mine, I would take it to a reputable antique dealer (although it is not an antique yet--unless it was from 1920--still on the edge of the antique birthday if later) and have them look at it and tell you what you have.


The waterfall top is timeless and on that merit, even if it was a Frankenpiece it may fetch more than most chests fetch (which in today's market is sadly low, low, low.)

Please post back what you learn on this!! I will see if I can find anything else out--but if you beat me to it, I would love to hear back! Thanks for sharing!!

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Your chest looks to be in nice condition but without a brand showing it will most likely not be valued in the high market such as a Roos, Cavalier, Lane or even Murphy.


I found one unbranded cedar chest that has some of the same type design as yours that sold in 2017 for $145.

You can take a look at eBay's sold listings and see what people are paying for name brand and unbranded cedar chests to get an idea as to what to ask for yours.
It is difficult to place a value other than just general, $100 - $250 are the average and most are in the lower end. Items like this are slow sellers and the area you live will have a big bearing on the final value of your chest (local pick up only). Some areas may pay higher prices while another area will have no interest. Values are regional and may differ just a few miles apart.

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March 2, 2020

I inherited this cedar chest from my parents and am tracking down the history. Do you know what the value would be for this? There is very minimal moisture damage inside the chest, but apart from that looks like it's in great shape. It has a very strong cedar aroma.Value of a Larkin Furniture Company Cedar Hope Chest - open with a lift out tray in place


This is the only thing I could find online:
Larkin Solid Cedar Chest Storage Trunk Coffee Table Rustic - Metal Banding Accents by Larkin Co. Furniture
Item details
Vintage from the 1910s
Early 1900s Rustic Solid Wood, Cedar Chest by Larkin Furniture Co
Solid Wood Red Cedar Chest, Storage Trunk, Coffee Table,
with beautiful Riveted metal Banding Accents...
Great Antique Details & Styling...
Primitive & Rustic...

This Piece Is All Original and is in Fantastic antique Condition
All solid Tennessee red cedar wood planks, quality construction
and check out the great metal banding details :)
Notice how the legs and handles are BOLTED solid through,
not just nailed on.
see pics...

Manufactured by, Larkin Furniture Co...
One of the great American Furniture Companies,
known for their beautiful Quality workmanship...
circa 1910s

This piece could be used as a
Blanket Chest
Hope Chest
Coffee Table
Flat screen TV Console Stand
A beautiful Sitting Bench, etc...
no key :)

A perfect addition to any home or office decor
Classic Primitive Rustic Styling...

Chest Measures: approx
19" deep
15" tall

Very Beautiful & in excellent condition !!!
They don't come along this nice very often,
get it before it's gone...

Please see all pics for great details...

Gorgeous Vintage Piece with
Loads of nostalgia and charm !

Please convo us with any questions !!!

------------>SHIPPING IS NOT FREE<-----------------

Item Will be shipped through Greyhound Package Express
You will pick up the item at the station at your end...
Contact for quote and we will add the cost to the listing for you
before you buy ...

if you are in our area, Free Pick-Up is always available !!
at our shoppe :)

Candia Road Antiques
1442 Candia Road
Manchester, NH 03109
Approx. 60 minutes north of Boston MA

You can also visit us on the world wide web at

Value of a Larkin Furniture Company Cedar Hope Chest
Value of a Larkin Furniture Company Cedar Hope Chest


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These are nice chests but from research of past sales they do not appear to be very high value.
The information you quoted from the sale on Etsy is from 2014 so even if you know the sale price it would not be current enough to give you a true value.


But it does give you a lot of information about the chest but of course there is no way for us to tell if the condition of your chest is the same as the one listed.

I did find sales of several chests like or very similar to yours but the most recent one was in 2018. This does not really mean the chest is rare it just could be that any like this are being sold at auctions all over the country.

I have provided links to several past auctions and the most expensive sale was for $150 and the others sales are less than $100.

If you wish to sell your chest you may have better luck if you list it on some local venues like Craigslist, OfferUp, LetGo, Nextdoor, USA 4 Sale, Facebook Marketplace and list it as 'pick up only' so no one has to pay for expensive shipping. You will need better pictures and be sure you show the full chest as well as the top and back.

You can list on several sites and start your price high and lower it if no one seems interested.

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February 9, 2022

Trying to find value of cedar line chest with removable tray. The style and serial numbers are difficult to read but I think this is what they could be. Any help would be greatly appreciated.A cedar lined chest.


Style No 90145

Serial No 537959

The inside of a cedar lined chest.
The inside of a cedar lined chest.
Style and serial number inside cedar chest.


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This chest is in excellent condition inside and out. I would ask $225, and then lower the price if it doesnt sell.

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November 30, 2021

Seems as though this cedar chest was unfortunately painted over. Was just wondering the value of this particular chest. Just a rough estimate if the exact value is not known.

Serial# 2685112, Style# 554256, Production Date: Dec 15 1986, Shop #2A light colored cedar chest with a cushion on top.


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Lane cedar chests are generally priced from $100 on up. There are quite a few listed @ ebay for sale:
(If it is a Lane chest....all Lane cedar chests manufactured after 1987 were equipped with an upgraded safe lock mechanism.)

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January 15, 2017

This is a page about finding the value of a Murphy cedar chest. Antique and vintage furniture has not only sentimental value, but sometimes monetary value as well.

Murphy Cedar Chest

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November 21, 2019

Gathering information on vintage furniture, such as this vinyl covered cedar chest can be fun. It also requires careful examination of the piece and sometimes time consuming research. If you can identify the manufacturer that helps to move your task along.

Information on a Vintage Vinyl Covered Cedar Chest

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March 21, 2019

As with many types of mass produced furniture, cedar chests can range in value rather widely. You may need to do a routine search on the internet for your piece in order to determine an appropriate value. Sites such as eBay can be helpful. This is a page about finding the value of a Lane cedar chest.

A hope chest with old fashioned linens and photos.

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