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"This trunk has been in our family for ages. Is it valuable?" —D.G., Thayer, Missouri
1850s Domed-Top Chest
Professional appraiser Helaine Fendelman identifies and evaluates your collectibles and antiques.
WHAT IS IT?
I'd say so! The intricate scrollwork and elaborate iron details—lock, banding, and handles—suggest a Northern European provenance and point to the heirloom's use as a hope chest. For centuries, young European and American women gathered textiles and dinnerware in handcrafted trunks to prepare for future married life. Though the tradition petered out in the 1960s, your painted pine model survived; age has rendered the writing on the front illegible, save for the 1859 date, but the letters are likely the initials of a bride.
What's It Worth: $400
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