Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Cedar Chest


Janice wrote at 2016-03-17 03:45:56
I bought this Cedar Chest. On the back it says Murphy #23 in black letters and numbers. It also has wood handles. Can anyone tell me anything about it. Murphy has gone out of business. I would like some History on the Cedar Chest. By the way it has wooden caster on underside. Size is 54" long, 21" wide, and 19" deep.

Hi My name is Lawson Murphy. My family manufactured cedar chests from 1946-2004. We shut down manufacturing due to Chinese competition. The cedar chest that you have last sold wholesale around $180.  We manufactured over a million pieces during the lifetime of Murphy Manufacturing. The style you have was the largest cedar chest we made. It could have been bought at Farmers Furniture in the South Georgia area.

Darline wrote at 2016-05-31 19:14:16
I looked under murphy cedar chest and there was one for 300. On ebay ..myself I have one marked #20 murphy.. I was also wondering about it but I will keep it.. what's in it is worth my 75 yrs. Of

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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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