I have what is thought to be a 18th century Arab wedding chest. It is of considerable size. 53 inches long by 23 1/2 wide by 23 inches tall. It isn't restored but even in its age and wear it is interesting piece of history to behold. I have included a picture also of one panel of wood missing on the side. So what would you do with this. What type of value would you place on it in the condition it is in. If I don't sale it or anything, I will always know that I have a world traveler in my house. I live in Mississippi. It was bought from outside of Jackson. They purchased it from an estate sale in Natchez. The story before that is anybodys guess. What are your thoughts or suggestions? How rare is it to own a chest like this and of its magnitude in the United States. What exactly do I have here. Any guidance would be appreciated.
That is a very unique and unusual chest and I'm sure it is quite old. Over the last 40 years that I've been dealing with old chests and trunks I have seem a number of similar chests but they've all been a little different in some ways. Most of the ones I've seen have been from India or Pakistan or other countries, so I do not know exactly where this is from and it could be from a number of different countries. The age is also very hard to determine especially from pictures because these chests have been made for a couple hundred years. I'm sorry but this one is really hard for me to give a value on and I would recommend that you find an antique dealer or appraiser in your area that could actually look at this to help determine where it may be from and what the value could be based on the condition. I deal primarily with American travel trunks and I do see similar chests now and then but I don't want to give you some bad information about the value since it's a very unusual piece.
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