|Determining Antique Trunk Values And Appraisals
Antique trunk appraisals are offered below but here are some general thoughts.
Antique trunk values are no different than values assigned to other antiques in that the range can vary greatly based on
many factors. Any attempt to provide a sweeping range based on the general style I believe unfair to those having
exceptional examples and equally unfair to those that have something generally nice but in a poor state of repair. With
prices ranging from $100 - $15,000 on certain styles, I have decided not to publish such a thing but am happy to
provide just a few thoughts on the matter and perhaps some guidance to additional references to provide a more exact
What Determines How My Trunk Is Appraised
Many things. Age, condition, general appeal, size, shape, ornateness, materials and maker are several things
considered. Trunks with leather or paper covering in fairly decent shape, for example, are generally valued well as are
even the most basic antique trunk that has been cared for or restored/refinished in good taste.
Original - Restored - Refinished
Opinions on this subject vary greatly, either because of the information providers personal motivation, or simply
because cases can easily be made to support each as to effect on value. For those that say never restore, or
conversely, to strip everything, I believe are self motivated based on services offered, and "all or nothing" approaches
are not to the betterment of this field in general. There are original examples where very little, if any, greater value can
be had by restoring them. In fact, you risk greatly reducing their value both monetarily and as surviving examples. On
the other hand, many antique trunks can greatly be raised in value by additional work. Either through restoration of
existing materials or through refinishing to make usable again. Some original condition trunks can go straight into the
home, others are simply not suitable in their current condition.
Antique trunks with leather, hide, paper, and oil cloth exteriors should be prized and I recommend approaching
cautiously. If your trunk has good original canvas that is fine, but if not, repainting (neatly) or removal are options to
consider and can improve the trunks value over trunks with decayed canvas.
Usually, a little common sense and looking around is helpful. If you believe you may have something unique or
exceptional, chances are you are correct and should proceed accordingly.
Another type of value that is perhaps worth considering is the value you place on keeping the trunk in the family. While
grandpa's old trunk is something you value in whatever condition it may be in, perhaps it would be wise to check with the
next generation or at least do what you can to pass on those values so they are equipped to see what you see. Can't
hurt and it breaks my heart when someone email's me wanting to know how much Papa's old trunk is worth so they can
Below are a few examples of some nice antique trunks to keep things interesting.
While each is quite beautiful, their values range from several hundred to several thousand Their uniqueness, either
from original workmanship or from character developed over time or through restoration, play an important part in
determining their inherent value as well as potential value.
|Getting An Estimate Of Value Or Appraisal
1. There exists a few antique trunk price guides providing some interesting reading and nice examples with price ranges.
Some have a scoring system to help determine where your trunk lands in that range which is helpful.
2. We do provide individual appraisals for a $20 fee. For this you would receive:
a. Information regarding the approximate date of the trunk.
b. Feedback as to the uniqueness and quality of the trunk. Typically I go into the materials used, workmanship, and
c. Value for insurance purposes.
d. Value for resell in a timely manner.
e. Other information that we think beneficial when available such as recommendations for preservation or improvement.
If you are looking for direction to take on your trunk, I do try to provide some general suggestions.
f. For the most part, you get the better part of a page of information.
What we would need:
-Some photos, 4-6 usually will do it.-
-Emailed regular .jpeg digital photo's are preferred or mailed is fine.
-If the image size can be reduced that is always appreciated but not required-
-The trunks dimensions-
-Any names or dates on the labels, locks, or hardware-
-Payment can be made online using the button below or mailed-
-Should there be extremely limited information available or I feel uncomfortable that I can provide proper information on
what is presented, a partial or full refund will be provided respectively.
|3. Web published price guides when available, can be useful but generally should be viewed with caution. Often they
only reflect general resell values and offer little looking forward or in properly rating upper end examples. The entire
scope of antique trunks, like antique vases or antique automobiles, cannot always be properly stated in a paragraph or