Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Cedar chest/trunk


Cedar chest
Cedar chest  

Outside cedar chest
Outside cedar chest  
I have found a west branch cedar chest and am trying to determine its value.
West branch is branded in the lid. Looks like it's made of oak. Has a drawer at the top, not the full length and
another drawer at the bottom "separate" from the center storage area.
Cedar lined. A few nicks/scratches.

The West Branch Novelty Co. of Milton, PA was founded in 1893, but they made this style cedar chest during the 1920's and 1930's. They made many styles of the cedar chests and this one is cedar with hardwood veneer covering. Most people call these a "waterfall" style but I don't think that was the original style name.  The veneers were usually more exotic woods such as zebra wood or mahogany from Africa and South America, and it is not oak.  These are starting to become more popular but there are still quite a few around and many US companies made cedar chests during the early to mid 1900's.  So the prices are not generally too high and if all the veneer is in good condition and the drawers and other features are also in good condition, the value is currently in the range of about $250 to $400, but some are seen at higher prices in some antique shops. Some simpler models can still be found at lower prices.  I hope that helps.


Collectibles-General (Antiques)

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Marvin D. Miller


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.


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 I own the most extensive collection of historical documents, catalogs, maker's labels, cards, etc.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 I am always updating my inventory of historical documents and antique trunks.

Association of American Antique Trunk Restorers, President.

Primarily on the website Cotton & Quail Antiques newspaper (Southeast). Antique Journal magazine.

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.

Past/Present Clients
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.

©2017 All rights reserved.