QUESTION: I inherited this chest from my grandmother and I would love more information about it, such as an approximate year made and what the original cost may have been and what it may be worth today. The sticker inside says Syracuse Cabinet Company, North Manchester, Indiana and there is a Guarentee paper stapled inside guaranteeing it to be an original design and containing over seventy per cent of 3/4" solid red cedar in the body proper of chest and entirely finished with Duco, the everlasting finish. The chest is lockable with a key.
In regards to American antique, vintage and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing, and value. I do not study mid century and later furniture nor do I deal in lamps, and other smalls.
You may ask for values and I will give you current market values, I will not give you 'feel good' values. Understand that there are many factors that contribute to market value. If you want a feel good, unrealistic number, please call a local inexperienced appraiser.
It is my desire to help you and in doing so I increase my knowledge as well. For that I thank you.
I have been in the antiques furniture and restoration business and in the sales of antique furniture for 40+ years and have continued my education in the trade attending workshops and seminars by various organizations, institutions, and private collectors.
Organizations Professional Refinishers Groop, Int.,
Antiques Dealers Association
Education/Credentials BA Florida State University
BA University of West Florida 1971