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I have a Neverbreak Trunk in fair condition. Still has the registry plate in tact. I was trying to find out the value of the trunk?

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Joshua,

Nearly all antique or vintage trunks have some value now, even if it's just for parts.  But the value of a trunk really is based on several factors now such as the style, size, condition, rarity, and usually to a lesser degree the maker and even the location.  All trunk companies such as Goldsmith & Sons in NJ that made the Neverbreak trunks had a wide range of styles and sizes, in regular flat top dress trunks to very large wardrobe trunks with the drawers and hangers. While it helps a little that the trunk has the name plate, that really isn't the main thing people are looking for in that type trunk. Buyers will normally be looking for a particular style and size, which they can use for a specific funtion such as a coffee table, blanket storage, or other use.  There is a very wide range of values on old trunks and some are quite rare and very collectible. Most of the Neverbreak trunks are from the 1930's to early 1950's and for the majority of them the values are not quite as high as many other trunks, partly because many of them are covered with a hard pressed fiber material called vulcanized fibre.  The wood trunks covered with canvas or leather are typically more desirable especially when the deteriorated covering can be removed and the wood refinished. So without knowing more about the condition or completeness and style of your trunk I would have to estimate that a typical unrestored Neverbreak trunk would have a value in the range of about $100 to $300.   I hope that helps.

Marvin  

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Marvin D. Miller

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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.

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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.

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Association of American Antique Trunk Restorers, President.

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

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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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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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