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Treasure Hunt 8/2/2018


08/08/18



Dear Donna,
I have an antique trunk; it’s in great condition, with the original paper inside. It needs hinges in the back; the ones in the front are fine. I would like to receive an estimate and hear your thoughts please.
Kristen
 
Dear Kristen,
Personally, I like the trunk; they are great for storage. The fact is, though, that because they were used in a time needed for traveling, there are lots around.
Your piece is called a steamer trunk and they have been around since the 1800s. They were used for traveling on trains, boats, really any type of travel back then. They come in a variety of sizes. They come in domed and flat tops.
Because there were so many around and they can be easily found today, the value on them is low. Even those in great condition with all the hardware, original paper and decorations only bring it up to $100 (unless it is a rare form and in great condition).
Kristen, yours missing the back hinges decreases the value. Also, because it has the dome top it is less desirable than the flat top because it is more difficult to utilize for decorative purposes such as a coffee table.  I would say the value of your trunk is approximately $30.
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 





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