08/12/2013 03:45 pm ET Updated Oct 12, 2013

Country Living Appraises An 1850s Domed-Top Chest: What Is It Worth? (PHOTO)

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"This trunk has been in our family for ages. Is it valuable?" —D.G., Thayer, Missouri

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1850s Domed-Top Chest

Professional appraiser Helaine Fendelman identifies and evaluates your collectibles and antiques.


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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What Is It? What Is It Worth?
What Is It? What Is It Worth?

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