Antique Steamer Trunks and Chests

I love miniature Lane cedar boxes and the Girl Graduate Plan and how the brilliant Lane marketing plan weaves through the American culture. I have a collection of these boxes and am gathering more information about them. In this blog I share my research and findings, and stories about these awesome little boxes. I really want to learn about how many different versions were made and their age. Some are almost years old! Please see my companion website… www. The miniature cedar chests were originally made by Lane for what the company called the Girl Graduation Plan. Like Like. I have an abiding love for small wooden boxes and in particular, cedar boxes.

Vintage Lane Legacy Love Cedar Chest, 1978

Finding a gorgeous handcrafted cider chest that was made before the 20th century, would be a lucky find indeed. Most cedar chests on the market however, were made no earlier than the 20th century, and were not handmade but were instead machine produced in a factory. Finding reliable information on pre-twentieth produced cedar chests is hard to come by.

One way to try and help narrow down the era, would be to look at the craftsmanship used to assemble the piece. A machine produced piece, would have clean lined and flush finished dovetail joints.

Antique trunks, also called traveling chests, were originally used as luggage Antique Vintage Lane Cedar Hope Chest Lock Removed With Original Tags

Discussion in ‘ Furniture ‘ started by Jd4kcmo , Jun 13, Log in or Sign up. Antiques Board. Hello I have a question I can across these tables today and was thinking about upcycling them but I fell like there make be more value to them as original cleaned up. Anyone have any info about these and value any help would be greatly appreciated.

Jd4kcmo , Jun 13, Hmmm, I wonder if there is a list or lists anywhere on-line that you could use to look up the Style and the Serial for furniture by Lane in Altavista, Virginia. Or perhaps you could call or write Lane and see if they can help you with your tables. Christmasjoy and judy like this. JD, These may not be as old as you think they are. This is very helpful as you can determine the production date by reading the serial number backwards.

Last edited: Jun 13, JD, you are so right!

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Login to Reply to this Topic. My wife and I are in posession of a Lane cedar chest with a half sun design on the front. The top has a push button locking mechanism. The chest belonged to her Grandmother. The chest has some water damage to the top and some dings on the edges. An approximate value would be welcomed as well!

All of these items are for Lane hope chests; remember that their Based on the serial number, it appears to have a manufacturing date of Jan 15, I have a lane cedar chest with the numbers style 61 and serial.

If your cedar chest is old or you bought it second-hand, ask about purchasing a new latch for it. A number of years ago, many Lane chests were recalled because children climbing into the chests could be trapped by automatic locks. The recall did not, however, reach all possible customers. Even for a very old chest, Lane can remedy this dangerous problem. Cedar chests date from times when brides made and brought most of their fine household items into a marriage. Learning about an old cedar chest, even one manufactured in 20th century America, is a small lesson in marital history.

Learning how to date a Lane cedar chest will tell a story of someone’s marriage–and perhaps one of your own as well. Before the 19th century notion of marrying strictly for love could be supported by a manufacturing economy, marriages were often a financial concern and both bride and groom, along with their families, brought financial responsibilities to the arrangement.

A bride’s chest, often called a “hope chest” in America, was traditionally filled with the linens she wove and embroidered, beginning as a child.

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We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. Dear Helaine and Joe: I have a cedar chest with a card stapled on the inside that says the chest was manufactured by the Ed Roos Co. What is the age and value of the chest? DEAR: L. It is no myth that the aromatic cedar oil found in red cedar kills moth larvae and repels the adult insects.

Lane Cedar Chest. At the turn of the twentieth century, furniture-making became, along with textiles, one of the South’s manufacturing mainstays, drawing on the.

Those are all so lovely. I always wanted a hope chest but I have never run across one I truly like it. And it pays to wait for the one you want! I’m so bad about “I’ll buy it now, because I’ll never see another one like it! Love these!!! I have a cedar chest in the basement that needs a itty bitty repair and another good cleaning and disinfecting from all the mildew and mold that was in the basement before I moved in, YUCK!

It’s not as burled and lacquered as these beauties, but it’s deco to the hilt!

Vintage Lane Acclaim catalog — showcasing 48 pieces in this classic furniture design favorite

Lane is providing new locks, free of charge, to prevent entrapments. The brand name “Lane” or “Virginia Maid” is located inside the cedar chest. If the lid latches shut without depressing a button on the outside of the chest, the lock needs to be replaced. Consumers should have the chest’s serial and style numbers, which are branded on the outside bottom or outside back of the chest, available when contacting Lane.

Dear Helaine and Joe: I have a cedar chest with a card stapled on the inside that says the chest was manufactured by the Ed Roos Co. of.

He wants to sell them, but is at a loss as to what they are worth. Any help would be greatly appreciated. A: Old telephones sell at auctions and at antiques shows and shops. Prices vary depending on the age and style of the phone. Most will not work on a new phone line. Q: I have a dark purple Fenton glass candy dish with fluted or crimped sides.

SOLD Art Deco Multi-Veneer Inlaid Cedar Chest by Roos

At the turn of the twentieth century, furniture-making became, along with textiles, one of the South’s manufacturing mainstays, drawing on the region’s plentiful natural resources and relatively inexpensive labor supply. Although North Carolina came to be synonymous with the furniture industry, Virginia played an important role as well. One of the Virginia concerns central to the state’s emergence as a furniture center was the Lane Company, maker of the iconic Lane Cedar Chest.

Edward Hudson Lane — founded the company in Altavista, Campbell County, in , at a junction of the Virginian and Southern railways, which allowed for easy transportation of materials to and finished products from the factory. After struggling through the first few years of its existence, Lane’s fortunes received a boost during World War I, when the company contracted with the federal government to produce pine ammunition boxes.

Usually, Lane cedar chests have serial numbers that are stamped or read the serial number BACKWARDS to determine the production date.

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Refinished my girlfriend’s Lane cedar chest made in 1952

The vintage Lane Acclaim line of furniture seems to have been very popular in mid century America. America because it was a good compromise between traditional and modern. It was a little bit Early American, a little bit mid mod. Remember: The mass of Mrs. Americas were not nuts about mid century modern. But maybe she could tiptoe in.

Cedar chests date from times when brides made and brought most of their fine household items into a marriage. Learning about an old cedar chest, even one.

Ask a Question Here are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question. I have a Lane cedar chest that belonged to my mother. Two numbers are marked I think and the serial number is The outside condition would be considered poor, but the inside is in very good condition and still smells very good.

What is the item valued at? Yours would be at the low end. You have to me an unusual lane piece. I don’t think I have seen one with the lovely legs like yours has!

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