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What is a Lane hope chest?
A hope chest, also called dowry chest, cedar chest, trousseau chest, or glory box is a piece of furniture traditionally used by unmarried young women to collect items, such as clothing and household linen, in anticipation of married life.
How do you read Lane hope chest serial number?
Usually Lane cedar chests have serial numbers that are stamped or applied to the bottom of the chests. You can read the serial number BACKWARDS to determine the production date. For example: serial number 753150 would have been produced on .
How do you find the date of Lane furniture?
Are hope chests still popular?
The hope chest of the past, also called a wedding or dower chest, is still a popular piece of furniture, although it is no longer used in the traditional way. In 17th and 18th century America, a hope chest was given to a young girl.
How do I determine the value of a Lane cedar chest?
The value of your cedar chest depends on its condition, the local market and level of demand. You can visit a local antique dealer to obtain an estimate of your cedar chest’s value.
What’s the serial number on a lane Hope Chest?
From what I have learned regarding Lane Hope Chests, the date is actually the serial number written backwards. Having said that, the serial number is written; 112220. So to read this the way I have understood it, would be 02 (Feb.) 22, 1911.
When did the Lane cedar chest company close?
Lane Company cedar chests were a coveted home item from their inception in 1912 until the company closed in 2001 after 89 years on the market.
What makes a cedar chest go down in value?
Scratches, worn cedar or missing hardware, except for the lock, bring down the chest’s value, especially when compared with one in pristine condition. If the chest has been repainted, re-stained or contains any after-market adjustments, its value decreases.