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I have a teunk and i want to know the value of it...

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Jessica,

These wardrobe trunks were made by many trunk companies in this style and other styles, mostly from about 1910 to the 1930s.  But several companies including Indestructo continued to make these into the 1940's and early 1950's. They are almost always covered with vulcanized fiber, which is a heat treated flexible fiber material that was made in several colors. There were so many of these trunks made that they are still fairly common to find today and I actually get more questions about these than any other type of trunk. Because of being fairly common and very large, making them harder for people to use in their home, the values are usually not very high especially if they are not in excellent condition. I see many of these for sale at auctions, flea markets, and online in the range from $50 to about $200.  So on average if they are complete and in pretty good condition the value is around $100 to $150 in most areas.  You may see higher asking prices, but I don't see these sell for more unless they are in great condition or completely restored.  I hope that helps. I have a summary of Wardrobe trunk history information on my website Showcase page at ThisOldTrunk.com if you are interested.  

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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.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