I have been using this chest for years and recently decided to maybe sell it. I looked at the name and it is labeled Farley & Loetscher. I have been reading about it and see that they closed in 1962. How can I tell how old, where it's been and or how much to sell for?
Cedar storage chests such as yours were made by at least a dozen different companies during the early to mid 1900's when these were quite popular. Unfortunately it can be very difficult to tell the age on most of them because they were very similar and there is usually no serial number or date on most of them. Even if there were a serial number the lists are not available for most companies in order to look them up. Also, there is no hardware such as on the early American trunks which can be dated based on the style and patent dates. So it was probably made from the 1940's up until 1962 when they closed. I see cedar chests for sale in various shops and online, such as on ebay and craigslist. You could look there to see if similar chests are for sale and what they would be asking for them. I usually see these advertised or priced in the range between about $100 to $250. Condition, size, style, and age are factors in the value, so I can't give a precise value from pictures for something like this. I hope that helps some.
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