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I bought this at a yard sale. I thought it was so neat. I paid $10.00 for it. Well this past weekend I was browsing in an antique shop and there was one there that looked exactly like mine. It was 750.00. I took pictures and was going to go back and show them to the owner but did not get a chance (out of town). What do you all think? I know its old, but how old? Approx value?
It is wood and the 'trim' is metal. It had handles on the side, but mine are broken off.
I do not actually know the correct value of that trunk but it looks like it is in very good condition. All I see really see is that there are two feet missing. I would not try to refinish it or paint it or anything else until I got the correct value for it. Try several antique shops with lots of pictures and they might be able to guess at itís value, if they are honest anyway. Too bad you cannot take it to the Antiques Road Show. It would be very interesting if you could. Maybe you can even do that on line, though I have never tried, but it might work out.
10 bucks a good deal. 750 sounds very high for New Hampshire. Some have an insert that goes in the top half to hold more items and with that insert they go for more. Antique auction up here depending on the quality they go from 50-100.
This one my husband painted up and put in the living room 3 years ago and it holds wood for the stove.
Good deal, Paula. Here's a partial shot of mine. I paid around $75 for it at auction in California. Slow night ... they usually went for twice that and up depending on condition. I can see yours with plants sitting in it. Luv the look of yours too.
Great deal Paula! We had one here at the Outreach Thrift shop and it sold for $50.00! It looked just like yours!!
Schikenlady, Your trunk is Gorgeous! I never would have thought to store wood in it, great idea!!
We have several used as storage boxes as per their original general use. They are all about fifty years in our care. We feel that we must have been ordained to collect. Someone has to have that responsibility. No matter what they are worth if you enjoy the piece it is your prize to keep. My guess is that all of them are about fifty to a hundred years old. Could one in real nice original condition be worth retail of a dollar per year? I think so. At least in general they are in our area. Restoration always raises a question as to value. We try to buy better less and let things as they are.
Google "steamer trunks " There is enough information to keep you reading for days. Some are stamped with manufacters name . those are , in good shape , high dollar .They quit making them about 100 yrs ago .
These trunks show up locally at auction several times a year. Every big co-op usually has a few offered for sale. I would not expect that $750.00 would be out of reason as a starting point in the big city markets. That is not the case here. I don't think I have ever seen one sell for over $300.00 at auction where I live. The auction price might be considered the wholesale price. If taken to the proper market then seven hundred would be a realistic retail price. Again...condition, condition, condition plus supply and demand in any area determines the real price. The buyer must determine what the next retail price will be and stick to that price until finding a nice one while snooping about the antique centers and shops.
The one shown here is missing several metal pieces and the leather straps that close it up . Restored ones start around $ 7-800.00 and then the sky is the limit depending on rarity and manufacturer and degree of restoration .