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Finding the Value of a Murphy Cedar Chest?

I have a few pieces of furniture that I've considered selling, including a hope chest with Murphy 4250 stamped on the back. I'm hoping someone knows what it might be worth?

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Any information / history about the brand in general and/or the model # specifically would really be appreciated!

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September 15, 20200 found this helpful
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Murphy is a good name brand for furniture and also for hope chests. Today young girls no longer are interested in buying a hope chest for the future and starting to save for the day they get married. That seems to be a long past tradition and not one that was carried on after the 1980s or so. I know my mom was into this when I was growing up and thought it was necessary to have one but I disagreed with her on this one.

People are still interested in buying these but not for hope chest but to store blankets in or other items. On average the basics sales price a person gets when selling one of these is $135 to $150 tops. I know people say you can get more for these but when you look at the ones that have sold most people are only making $135 and still need to pay the PayPal fees.

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September 18, 20200 found this helpful
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You're correct about there being a lot of confusion about the numbers on the Murphy Cedar chests as they may or may not relate to the year of manufacture.
There are some companies that use the method you refer to when dating their items but Murphy is not one of those companies.
You will find pieces with numbers like - 17 or 25 so how can that be the year made when the company was only in existence from 1946-2004? This date of operation was supplied by a relative of the original owners.
"Hi; My name is Lawson Murphy. My family manufactured cedar chests from 1946-2004. We shut down manufacturing due to Chinese competition."

Cedar chests are slow sellers but usually sell for several hundred dollars when they sell.
Here is a copy of a comment made in 2018 in answer to someone about a particular chest. This listing had been posted for a while before this comment was made and this is 2 years later and the chest has not sold.

"Here is a nice chest that has been listed (and relisted) for some time but you may want to place a watch on it to see if it sells.
www.ebay.com/.../141427558853

There is a lot of information in some of the past postings:

www.thriftyfun.com/Determining-the-Age-of-a-Murphy-Cedar...
www.thriftyfun.com/tf14273541.tip.html
www.thriftyfun.com/tf75936578.tip.html

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It is in very good condition. I am hoping to find out what it is worth.


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March 6, 20181 found this helpful
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All cedar chests have a serial number that doubles as the manufacturing date. If you see a number such as 04140 inside the chest this would mean it was manufactured on April 1, 1940. This will help you to determine how old the chest is and give you a better idea as to the value of your chest. Furthermore, the condition and style of the chest play an important factor in determining the actual price of your chest. In order to give you a good price it is best to look at a photo of your chest. Otherwise, I can give you a good guess from what others are selling theirs for online. From what I can find you should be able to ask $120 to $200 for this depending on the condition of the chest.

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June 12, 2020

My wife has a Murphy cedar chest that I am fixing to redo. On the back it just has Murphy and #19. I haven't taken out everything from inside yet.

I am trying not to. The inside is in great shape.

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June 12, 20200 found this helpful
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On eBay this chest ranges from $175 to $450. Also this consignment link has one- www.chairish.com/.../1960s-handcrafted-cedar-chest

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June 12, 20200 found this helpful
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Cedar chests are not fast moving items as very few people are interested in owning one anymore. The most popular time for cedar chests was when they were known as 'hope chests' and that term no longer means anything to most people.
We live in a fast moving world and most families move many times over their lifetime and they usually want light weight, easy to move furniture.

ThriftyFun receives a lot of questions about cedar chests so maybe you can find some of the answers from previous postings helpful in your search.
I hope you are just interested in the age (curious) and plan to redo the outside for your wife to keep in your family.

"There is a statement from a family member of the Murphy Cedar Chest company on a Thrifty fun site that states the following:
"Hi; My name is Lawson Murphy. My family manufactured cedar chests from 1946-2004. We shut down manufacturing due to Chinese competition. "

www.thriftyfun.com/Determining-the-Age-of-a-Murphy-Cedar...

www.ebth.com/.../6927075-cedar-chest-by-murphy

Here is a link to a chest like yours that sold for $72 in 2017.
Looks very nice.

www.ebth.com/.../6927075-cedar-chest-by-murphy

There are very few Murphy chests listed for sale right now and I have not seen any evidence of any being sold in several months so I do not feel there is any way to state what the value would be.

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July 2, 2020

I have a cedar chest that has Murphy 20 on the back and it has a drop down shelf in it. What is it worth?


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July 3, 20200 found this helpful
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There is one on eBay going for $200. Also on chairish.com Murphy chest are offered at $300 to $600. Its a lovely piece!

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July 4, 20200 found this helpful
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Just keep in mind the asking price is not the price that people sell these for. Most cedar chest asking price is quite high and can range anywhere from $200-600. If you find ones that have sold the selling price is quite a bit lower. Most chests I can find that have been sold range from $125-175 tops.

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November 10, 2019

I have a Murphy 7244 cedar chest with a floral pillow top. I am wondering how much it is worth?


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November 11, 20190 found this helpful
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Your chest looks in great condition and if you look on eBay people are asking between $150 to $250 for the chest. I would try and sell it locally to avoid the hassle and cost of shipping this item off to the buyer.

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April 14, 2018

My Murphy cedar chest is marked 4017. Is it an antique? How much could I sell it for?


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April 15, 20180 found this helpful
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It all varies on what platform you sell on and potential interested buyers.

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I bought this Cedar Chest for $25.00. On the back it says Murphy #23 in black letters and numbers. It also has wood handles. Can anyone tell me anything about it. Murphy has gone out of business.
I would like some History on the Cedar Chest. By the way it has wooden caster on underside. Size is 54" long, 21" wide, and 19" deep.

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November 3, 20060 found this helpful

I have done research on some of my old furniture on the net - Google the name - you get pieces of information that you can put together to get some sort of picture of the item - works for a lot of stuff....

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November 4, 20060 found this helpful

Could this be a case for a 'Murphy' bed?
54" is full size. Bed was stored out of sight until needed.

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September 6, 20100 found this helpful

Hi My name is Lawson Murphy. My family manufactured cedar chests from 1946-2004. We shut down manufactering due to Chinese competition. The cedar chest that you have last sold wholesale around $180. You get a bargain at $25. We manufactured over a million pieces during the lifetime of Murphy Manufacturing. The style you have was the largest cedar chest we made. It could have been bought at Farmers Furniture in the South Georgia area.

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September 30, 20120 found this helpful

I have a Murphy cedar chest with the number 20 on the back. It is 48 inches long 20 inches wide and 19 1/2 inches deep. I received this from my father in law as a gift in June 1969. It was given to me as a hope chest. My then boyfriend and now ex husband was in Viet Nam. I still have this chest.

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April 22, 2018

I am looking for the value and age of a Murphy cedar chest with 2 hearts on it. I am helping a friend.

Thank you!


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April 23, 20180 found this helpful
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These were made in the mid 20th century. If the condition is good it is worth in the $100 range.

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I've looked online and can't find any information on my Murphy cedar chest. It has the numbers 975691 and Murphy 7298 on the back. Any information is appreciated.


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August 23, 2017

I have a Murphy cedar chest that has the number 6042 on the back. It has two hearts carved into the front of the chest.

I am wondering if you can tell me what the value is. Thank you for your time.

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October 26, 2018

Have a Murphy cedar chest and would like to know how old it is?

Thanks.


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May 6, 2018

I have a very pretty Murphy cedar chest model # 4032 how much is it worth?


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November 23, 2018

I am restoring this Murphy chest for a gift and wondering what year it was made.

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