Collectibles-General (Antiques)/trunk


Could you please give me some info on this trunk please. Age + value

1911 trunk catalog
1911 trunk catalog  
This flat top cross slat trunk is a style made across the U.S. from about 1900 to about 1915. Many trunk companies made similar trunks and I am attaching a page from a Nashville trunk company that made one nearly identical, in a variety of sizes.  You can see the information they wrote about their trunk. These were very popular so many of them were made and quite a few of these are still around. Since they are not rare, the value is not very high, but they are collectable and very useful especially since it is flat and can be used like a table top, coffee table, etc. as well as for storage. They look even better when they are refinished and properly restored, with handles replaced, etc.  These almost always had lift out trays inside also. The current value on an unrestored trunk such as this is in the range of about $75 to $150 in most areas.

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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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.

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Primarily on the website Cotton & Quail Antiques newspaper (Southeast). Antique Journal magazine.

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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Have consulted for the Pawn Stars TV show on antique trunks. I have sold antique trunks to museums in California and Florida and to customers around the world.

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