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.
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.
There is a lot of information in some of the past postings:
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It is in very good condition. I am hoping to find out what it is worth.
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.
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.
On eBay this chest ranges from $175 to $450. Also this consignment link has one- www.chairish.com/
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. "
Here is a link to a chest like yours that sold for $72 in 2017.
Looks very nice.
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.
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?
There is one on eBay going for $200. Also on chairish.com Murphy chest are offered at $300 to $600. Its a lovely piece!
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.
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.
It all varies on what platform you sell on and potential interested buyers.
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....
Could this be a case for a 'Murphy' bed?
54" is full size. Bed was stored out of sight until needed.
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.
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.
I am looking for the value and age of a Murphy cedar chest with 2 hearts on it. I am helping a friend.
These were made in the mid 20th century. If the condition is good it is worth in the $100 range.
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.
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.