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Finding the Value of a Murphy Cedar Chest

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Antique and vintage furniture has not only sentimental value, but sometimes monetary value as well. This is a guide about finding the value of a Murphy cedar chest.
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November 3, 2006

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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June 10, 20160 found this helpful

I have a table marked murphy 6006 from owensboro, ky. Any infomon that

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August 11, 20160 found this helpful

I have a Murphy Cedar Chest model 23. I would like to know when and where these pieces were manufactured. I recently saw a cedar chest with the model number 23L on it. Please tell me more about this model.

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August 11, 20160 found this helpful

Hi Mr. Murphy I have a Cedar chest with number 4150 on the back.
Could you tell me anything about the model? I would also like to know any information you could give me on the history of Murphy manufacturing CO. where it was located, when it closed and where I might find documents, advertising etc.

Thank you: Chris G.
eBay ID SGMD4555

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August 29, 20160 found this helpful

I bought a Murphy solid cedar chest for $30 on the back it has the numbers 138967 and 54 Murphy.can some one please tell me how much it's worth?

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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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August 24, 20170 found this helpful

I don't see your model number for sale on eBay or other sites. However, I did see a check on eBay #4017 that they were asking $450.00 for this.
I also found a good response on this site. There is a discussion about Murphy cedar chest. Lawson Murphy said he was the son of the Mruphy family who manufactured these chests. You can read about this on the site:
https://www.thr … 4273541.tip.html

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August 24, 20170 found this helpful

I just saw this on eBay for $450. It doesn't have the carved hearts, but is similar. This is the asking price. http://m.ebay.c … ST-/141427558853

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August 24, 20170 found this helpful

Actually, Murphy cedar chests were never really expensive as they were usually very plain and were most often bought for a young girl as her "hope chest" to store gifts for a future wedding day. They were well made and cedar was their saving point. They were big sellers due to those five things - affordable, well made, easily available (almost every furniture store sold these), cedar was a well known wood, and a hope chest was a big fad for many years.

Since they produced so many different styles it may be difficult to actually locate your model but Murphy chests generally sell for $65 - 200 dollars - a lot depends on the condition. They will sell quicker if listed in your area so the potential buyer can see the chest in person.

Lane cedar chests are usually the most popular chest as they were always considered the elite on the market while the Murphy was for the working man. That fact does not always mean an item is less valuable but since Lane chests are readily available and many times at a very reasonable price, it does lower the value of a Murphy chest.
Your chest has more detail than many so it may bring more money. If you decide to sell it, I would suggest Craigslist in your area and if it is in really good condition, I would start the price at $250 and believe it or not, Christmas is the best time to sell something like this.

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August 25, 20170 found this helpful

I'm seeing a huge range in prices but they are selling points, not shown as sold. They're ranging from $100-$400 so maybe start in the middle.

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November 25, 20140 found this helpful

I have a cedar chest from 1969 that was damaged by Mayflower Movers during a recent move. I am making a claim and trying to determine current value of my chest.

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November 26, 20140 found this helpful

For comparison I checked Etsy and found a red cedar chest for $199.00 -age not given. A chest from the mid 1900's is not very old so probable low value overall, not considering physical condition.

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June 16, 2015

I have 54 Murphy cedar chest in excellent condition with key. Does anybody know the value?

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March 4, 20150 found this helpful

What is a Murphy 16 cedar chest worth?

By Pris

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September 29, 20140 found this helpful

I am wanting to sell this. I live in KCMO and not sure how much I should ask for it?

By Jen C

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September 22, 20130 found this helpful

I am trying to find out when the Murphy #19 cedar chest was made.

By LFW

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September 2, 20130 found this helpful

I have a Murphy cedar chest. It says Murphy 4017 on the back. Is there anywhere I can look up models to find out more information on what it's worth and what exact year it was made. Although I believe mine was made between 1985-1989, because I was a small child when it was purchased for me. I was there when it was picked out and purchased for me. It's at least 25 years old. Any info on this particular model?

By Abbi B.

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November 24, 20110 found this helpful

I have a Murphy Cedar chest with I 9 on the back. It is in good shape. What would it be worth?

By Ron from Anderson, IN

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October 24, 20110 found this helpful

I have an old chest. Can anyone tell me how old this chest is or what the significance of Murphy 27 means?

By Tricie L.

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August 5, 20110 found this helpful

I have a Murphy cedar chest that says Murphy 18 on the back. It was in pieces when I found it beside the road. My grandfather was a master carpenter so he was able to put it back together and it looks like it just came off of the show room floor now. My question is how can I tell how old it is?

By Christine

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