Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Klein brothers

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Klein brothers chest
Klein brothers chest  
I have a Klein brothers cedar truck.  Trying to determine
Value.   Please provide any info you may have

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Hello Tina,

Many of the old cedar chests and trunks don't have any label on them, so you are fortunate that you have that information about yours.  There were many companies that made cedar chests in the US, in fact dozens, and I don't happen to have any information on the Klein Brothers company but you might be able to find a little history about them online if someone has ever posted any of their information. From the label it sounds like the Klein cedar chests were well made, having the dovetailed corner construction. It usually helps the value some to have the label and the dovetailed construction. But the value of these depends on many things such as the style, condition, size, age, etc.  Many types of cedar chests were made in the US from the 1800's to the present and by the look of the label in yours I would say that was made sometime in the mid 1900's.  The value on cedar chests has not been very high overall, mostly because they are still fairly plentiful and people don't seem to use them as much as they used to.  So regardless of the brand and condition I usually see them sell in the range of about $200 to $500. If the exterior finish on the chest is nice and it has an attractive look, not needed refinishing, then it would possibly be worth the high end of the range.  That's really about all I can tell you and I hope that helps some.  

Marvin  ThisOldTrunk.com

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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.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