What’s it Worth? Appraisal of Antique Cedar Chest



Kim asks:


Hi, I have a cedar chest from my great grandmother. The handle is engraved “Stanley, USA.


AW says: That’s made by Stanley Home Products, and like all things in the Stanley brand, it was built to last. It’s in the Empire style as depicted with the scrolled feet, but it’s a bit later than the actual Empire period.

What I like best about your cedar chest, is that it’s made of solid cedar, and with care, will last forever.

Date range: 1890-1920

Retail value: $175
(top price)

Wholesale value: $95
(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: $50
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: Antique cedar chest, solid cedar, empire style

Care and storage tips: To bring back the cedar smell, lightly sand the inside of the chest. NEVER paint or clear coat Cedar, this fragrant wood needs to breathe, it can pop and split if painted.