What’s it worth? Appraisal of antique dome top chest

Sheree asks:

    I purchased this Blanket chest 30 years ago.  I was told it from Sweden and was made in the 1700’s.  All original paint and hardware.  Thanks in advance for your appraisal.

Kind Regards,


 antique dome top chestprimitive blanket chest


AW says: First of all, thanks for sending so many clear pics. Although I’ve not posted all of them here, they were all useful in dating and evaluating your blanket chest.

I agree that it’s Swedish in style, maybe Finnish, but certainly Scandanavia. It’s circa late1700s to early 1800s. It’s got a great color, and typical designs on the corners. Many of these old chests survived the years due to sentimentality and functionality. They were just too practical to be gotten rid of.

If they didn’t have an immediate use, they’d of course be stored with contents and fogotten about for generations. This is why you can still find some of them in good condition.

Retail value: $975

Wholesale: $550

Quick sale: $350

Keywords: Scandanavia, Sweeden, dome top, blanket chest, trunk 18th century, 19th century, primitive


What’s it Worth? Appraisal of cedar chest

  Tina asks:



Here is my second item for appraisal. It is a cedar-lined Stewart Safe Seal hope chest that we believe is from 1937. One of the rear legs is broken and is almost removed from the piece. This needs to be repaired but otherwise the piece is in excellent condition. I am attaching photos of the piece as well as the labels inside. Thank you for your help in determining the value of this item.





AW says: That’s a Queen Anne style Mahogany face or veneer cedar chest. These elegant chests are desirable to newlyweds and Bed & Breakfast owners, as they are beautiful and offer practical storage at the end of a bed for sheets & blankets etc.



Date range: 1935-38


Retail value: $175 (This value reflects the current condition, it could increase depending upon scope of damage to the back leg and the quality of the repair.)
(top price)

Wholesale value: $125
(The mid range price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $75
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common terminology, nicknames, keywords: Queen Anne Style, cedar chest, mahogany,

Care and storage tips: When moving any antique that has legs, always lift, never drag, the legs will snap much easier than you may think. Old English dark scratch cover is perfect for an item like this that accumulates scratches and scuffs.



What’s it worth? Appraisal of dining room cooling cupboard


Jackie asks:
We believe the item to be some kind of bread cupboard. The shelf has slats in it (as if to cool bread) the measurement of it are 31” height; 44” Length; 21” depth. This is a wall hanging unit. We are unsure of the age as it was hanging on the wall when Roxanne bought the house several years ago. There appears to be no tags/markings or any other indications on the bottom or back of the item.  The handle, we believe, is made of brass.
AW says: Hi Jackie, thanks, I was unable to upload pics here becaues the server only allows .jpg formatted pics to be uploaded, and even .pdf files that are converted, do not suffice as they come through as corrupted.
However, as you know, I do have pics and have reviewed your cupboard. What you have is an early 1900s formal dining room, hanging  cooling cupboard for bread, pies etc.
It’s made of mahogany, and most likely English. It’s rather rare and something that those in upper income brackets would have owned, rather than the working class.



  • Retail value: $325
  • Wholesale: $175
  • Quick sale: $75-$125



  • cooling cupboard
  • cooling shelf
  • mahogany
  • English
  • TOC (turn of the century)
  • bread rack
  • pie rack
  • pie cupboard