I have a trunk and I'm not sure how old it is or if it has any value. I was wondering if you could tell by the images I have sent. It's in good condition, but one of the handles in broken.
Thanking you in advance for your help.
Your trunk is a style that was made by several trunk companies from the 1930's to the early 1950's. The style of the hardware including the drawbolt style latches are typical of that time period. Some of these trunks are found with labels but many do not have a label. Eagle Lock Company made many types of trunk locks for trunk companies, including the barrel key style such as yours. They were in business for 100 years when they closed in 1954, but they never made trunks. Your trunk is a general packing trunk and is made of wood covered with sheets of vulcanized fiber, which is a hard heat treated pressed fiber material. It was used on many trunks, mostly from about 1910 and into the 1950's on trunks, footlockers, etc. Since the trunk is not a rare or earlier model, the value is not very high. But I do see a lot of these being sold and the prices are starting to increase some, especially if they are in very good condition. Nearly all of these also had an inside lift out tray and were paper lined. I usually see these sell in the range of about $75 to $200. It could be priced higher in some retail shops in certain areas. I hope that helps.
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