My grandparents both passed away and nobody wanted this old trunk. I have done some research but haven't found a price quote. It seems to be in very good condition, it hasn't been touched up or even cleaned. I was hoping to get a value. Thank you very much.one main hinge is broken.
I'm glad someone saved the trunk for future generations. Drucker made many types of trunks and good quality trunks from what I've seen and this one is from the early 1900's. Drucker started using the lion trademark in 1897 and the hardware and style indicate this is from about 1900 to as late as 1920 or so. It's a good quality trunk but a common style and so the value is based on it's overall condition and completeness. Having a good clean interior with the original tray increases the value some. Any damaged or missing hardware such as a broken hinge decreases the value some, and hinges can be tricky to replace or repair. But in general an original trunk of this type with the inner tray will usually sell in the range of about $150 to $200. It can sometimes be more without any damage and in excellent condition and sold in a good retail shop. Prices at auctions, flea markets, and garage sales are usually lower. So, I hope that gives you a good estimate of the value. Hopefully someone will enjoy using it or restoring it in the future.
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