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Treasure Hunt 8/30/2018


09/06/18



Dear Donna,

This mahogany chest belonged to my mother and was given to me years ago. The inside seems to be pretty good but the outside is not in very good condition. I believe she got it in approximately 1947.
Joanne
 
Dear Joanne,
You’re right, the cedar chest could come from that period of time. It could have been part of a bedroom set to match as well. Or it could have been a stand-alone piece, just as you see it, used for storing blankets, clothes, etc.
The tough part for this and many other useful items from the past is fitting them into today’s decor. So the value really relies on finding a purpose for it, and a new home. I would say it’s in the range of $50 to $100, but again, finding it a new home could be tough.
I have seen many of them painted over and re-decorated. I’ve seen them used for coffee tables too. Using them for storage is still a possibility as well, so hopefully you will be able to find the chest a good home. 
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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