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I bought this at a rummage sale yesterday for $4.  The chest is lined in velvet followed by wood and then the outside seems to be bakelight (sp).  All of the seams have leather strips with nail/tacks.  Also the bottom is lined in leather.  Two of  the feet have small screws and the other two don't.  I'll send a couple more pix in a following email. Just wanted to know what it represent with the satan image and is it rare.  Can't find anything on the internet.  Thank you in advance Mr Miller, v/r John.


That is a very interesting miniature chest you have and I expect you got a very good buy on it. While I would really like to help you with this, I have not seen anything like it and don't have anything to compare with it for a value. It appears to be fairly old, but without examining it up close I can't tell how old it really is based on it's style and hardware. To me it appears that the design could be oriental and it is very possibly not American in origin. I suggest you try to have someone inspect this or review your pictures that has expertise in oriental antiques. Sorry I can't help you more on this.  

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Marvin D. Miller


I can answer questions related to antique trunks, their age, manufacturers, styles, patents, etc, including all types of trunks such as steamer trunks, saratoga trunks, Victorian trunks, slat trunks, toy and doll trunks, stagecoach trunks, valises, hat trunks, and others.


I have over 40 years experience in trunk restoration, collecting, and research. I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc. related to antique trunks. I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.

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Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia. I have conducted extensive research related to the topic of trunk manufacturers and trunk styles in the U.S. and Europe.

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