Dating a lane cedar chest abledating help serve
I have seen other Lane chests but not in this style....
It has a false front that looks like it is a chest with four drawers, but you actually open it up by pushing the lock button.
Lane usually inscribes a 5 digit serial number that gives the exact date of production along with a style number.
Because so many of these were made between 1912 and the 1980's some of them are lacking serial numbers or have an exact science of determination of date outside of the style.
I was after an old world feel, trying to create a patina that shows years and years of love.
I layered several different colors of chalk paint and kept working it and working it, and working it until I came up with the look I was going for.
045130 indicates it was manufactured on March 15, 1940.
Any chest is valued at what someone is willing to pay.
Halfway through this project, I headed to Menards and picked up a heat gun.Inside it is all cedar and a tray extends out for knick knacks. Based in the serial number you have presented your Lane Cedar chest produced in Alta Vista, Virginia would have a production date somewhere in the late 1950's to early 1960's based on the design.I lightly sanded the inside and back of the cedar chest then refreshed the wood with cedar oil. She contacted someone from Art in the Park and together they figured out who we were.
Then Cathy worked her magic on the sewing machine and made some great fabric liners to cover the ugly, grass green felt they always put in them. I WISH I would have taken a picture of the inside and back to show you, they turned out SO nice! I can’t show you because it sold as soon as we unveiled it! A gal stopped by Art in the Park while it was raining and really liked it, but decided to come back later when the rain let up. She emailed me then drove up the following week to get it.I can tell you that similar age and style Lane cedar chests are currently selling between 100-150 dollars in secondary market settings such as estate sales and auctions. Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns.Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. S government recomendations made by the lane company- altavista. The Virginia Maid Trademark was registered by Lane in 1948.