we bought this Duluth truck a few years back. my small son has used it for hide and seek one too many times, the hinge on the left is off a little, and that made the front parts chip into the box. (see pics). also the leather handle were very fragle and have broken.
can you tell me, is this worth anything above its value as a box to store items? if yes, where do I sell it? Do I need to fix it up first? etc. I'm in MN.
thanks so much
The trunk is a popular style of the early 1900's made by many American trunk companies. It's nice that it has the original label but it doesn't increase the value much. The trunk has brass plated hardware and a type used from around 1910 to the 1920's. The trunk does have some value and someone may be interested in restoring it, but I suggest if you try to sell it that you sell it as-is. Many people like to fix it up themselves and if you work on it you may not get any more for it. Some like the canvas covering and others like to remove it and refinish the wood. The average value of these unrestored and without the tray isn't too high, usually in the range of about $75 to $150. In some areas people may get a little more for them. The easiest way for most folks to sell one is put some good pictures and description on craigslist or on ebay. There are people looking for them so you should eventually get some offers. You might also try to locate any antique dealers in your area or any trunk restorers in your area that may buy it. Research online about trunk restoration up in MN and you may find someone you can contact there.
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