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I have a Lane cedar chest that belonged to my mother. Two numbers are marked #481073 (I think) and the serial number is #735260. The outside condition would be considered poor, but the inside is in very good condition and still smells very good. What is the item valued at?
Yours would be at the low end. They range from $99 to $700, with the majority between $200-$400.
You have (to me) an unusual lane piece. I don't think I have seen one with the lovely legs like yours has!
There is NOT an exact match to yours on eBay either in current or sold so I can't give you a value today. The market changes daily, so may find an EXACT match tomorrow or next week.
Exact matches are critical to valuing items because some Lane's have almost no value, and some have held their value. If you compare yours to a one that is not identical, you could end up miss-valuing your piece and getting too little or having it sit for sale for months with no lookers.
I recommend checking eBay or Google for the furniture auction houses to find examples of SOLD ones to get your exact value.
When have sold these pieces I have never used the numbers...most people want to know wood, size, and type (like blanket or trunk) and leg style. It looks like yours are spool legs or maybe sheraton, but it is an odd angle, so I am not 100% positive.
You can use this link to match the leg styles:
You may want to contact Lane if you have a lock on yours to talk to them about the issue with product safety of their locks--you can read this link and see if your trunk is affected:
If you are looking for a quick sale for your piece...most of the plain chests sell for an average of 300-400 dollars.
Unusual chests (those with legs fetch a little more, between the 400-500 dollar range. These are retail prices--meaning seller to buyer online....
If you try to sell on Facebook, Next Door etc. you can start at these values, but you will need to drop them to sell. Been there, done that.
You an also take good photos to an antique dealer and see what he/she will give you...that is easier than trying to sell it online (in any fashion).
Good luck! It is a truly lovely piece! I wish I had room for it!
Well - looking at the condition of the outside of your chest I would tend to think it would only be of interest to someone that wanted (or desperately needed) a storage place for blankets/quilts.
I have a Lane cedar chest. I am looking for any information you may have on it.
It is in great shape. Asking prices on eBay range from $250 to $375 for chests like this.
I believe your chest is one of the unusual ones and may need to be appraised to learn the true present value. I have been unable to find any chest remotely resembling yours.
Your chest was made during the period the self-locking locks were used so If your chest still has the old style lock it should be replaced. Lane still offers free locks through this address.
Serial number 2275110 - production date: 01/15/72. You start on the right and read to the left but you drop the last 2 as it is the plant number.
"Some chests may also have an extra digit which denotes the plant location.
For example: serial number 2557121 would have been produced on 12/17/55 in plant #2.
That said; it seems easy to remedy that problem so due to these circumstances, locks are not considered a detriment to value (Lane appraisal).
All of this information will be necessary for someone (even an expert) to be able to give you a good appraisal.
Very good pictures will make a big difference. Be sure the pictures are not this dark and take several pictures at all angles and be sure to take photos of all tags/markings (serial & style numbers) and show any damage places.
You can ask for free appraisals (some are very good but you will learn something from everyone you ask) ask on several sites (not just one).
I have been told that Lane does answer emails so you might want to ask your question here first.
This is a very good link on researching the value of a Lane cedar chest:
If you decide to try for an appraisal here is a link to check out:
Here is another link to check out: You must follow their instructions when asking for information.
Barneby's also does great appraisals but they charge $17.
Good luck and we would like to know more about your cedar chest so let us know what you find out.
I have a Lane Cedar Chest with serial number 455110. It is in almost new condition, with original key, and finish. I am trying to find out the value of the chest for estate purposes.
Most of the chests are worth between $200 and $400. I would price yours on the higher end.