Asked on Sep 12, 2014

Can someone identify this cedar chest?

by Bbl369135
Chest is a approx 41"L x 15" W x 21"D. Got at secondhand shop. No name or markings on it anywhere. Piece is all wood with cedar lining about 3/4" thick. I would love to know who maker is and what year it was made. Thanks
  24 answers
  • Lee Cunningham Green Lee Cunningham Green on Sep 13, 2014
    did you look at the bottom for possible mark, It seems old but I don't think it really is. also are there nails in it anywhere or is it all tongue and groove/ It actually looks like a Stereo Box my mother had when I was a kid in the 70's it opened like that and everything. Some people gutted them and used them for storage when the 8 tracks died. LOL
  • Mlcapaci Mlcapaci on Sep 13, 2014
    Looks like a Lane Cedar Chest from the 70's
    • P P on Sep 13, 2014
      @Mlcapaci That's what I was going to say, Looks like one I was given in the late 60's. The handles give it away. It isn't that old. Mine was a Lane Chest also.
  • Momcat1211 Momcat1211 on Sep 13, 2014
    The brass rings, if they are even brass don't seem old to me. Old in the United State and Old in Europe are two different things. So you think it's over 50 to 100 years old, No, I don't think so. The in-lays on the front don't seem old style to me either. But, the picture is kinda dark and hard to see too. Maybe a cedar chest in the 70s, maybe. My best guess.
  • Momcat1211 Momcat1211 on Sep 13, 2014
    By the way it's a nice piece, maybe change the handles and give it a fresh more updated feel, or you could calk the bottom and leave the top with that beautiful wood finish. Me, I love all wood, I'd just give it some updated handles and display it with pride in a special place.
  • Alexandra Wesson Alexandra Wesson on Sep 13, 2014
    It resembles my hope chest -late 60s early 70s. Lane was the manufacturer.
  • Barb Barb on Sep 13, 2014
    It looks just like the one I got as a hope chest in 1974. Mine its a Lane.
  • Diane Diane on Sep 13, 2014
    It looks a lot like my Lane Cedar Hope Chest.
  • Terrry T Terrry T on Sep 13, 2014
    It looks like a "Lane" brand chest.
  • Wendy Johnson Wendy Johnson on Sep 13, 2014
    I agree, Lane cedar chest. They would give you a mini one if you came in the store back when I graduated-1974. Very nice,werent super cheap.
  • Iris Iris on Sep 13, 2014
    A lane cedar chest.
  • Janet Buechler Janet Buechler on Sep 13, 2014
    A Lane cedar chest was my first guess also. There were a lot of those sold, especially in the 60's and 70's. Of course, that does make it close to 50 years old.
  • Linda Bailey Linda Bailey on Sep 13, 2014
    Did you flip it over to look for a branding mark on the bottom? My Lane had a " Lane" mark branded into it.
  • Judy McAninch Judy McAninch on Sep 13, 2014
    Lane was the main brand for cedar chests back in the 50`s , maybe even earlier. I would google Lane Cedar Chests and their history.
    • Terra Gazelle Terra Gazelle on Oct 06, 2014
      @Judy McAninch Lane always had theirs marked with their name and a serial number. Its a beautiful chest though. I like it better then my Lane blanket chest, which is about the same size as this chest.
  • Marsha Marsha on Sep 13, 2014
    Most of my friends in the 50's & 60's received Lane cedar chests as I did. All of us was given a small Lane chest when we graduated from high school. That style looks similar to that design back then. I lost mine in a flood and I really miss it. It came in really handy for storing linens. I think mine also had the word Lane branded on the inside wall of the chest.
  • Elaine Elaine on Sep 13, 2014
    I think its from the 50s era, I doubt its lane they always had a marking. but there was some cheaper ones for high school grads. so Im thinking its an off brand. dont mean its no valuable tho. good luck!
  • Susan Sease Susan Sease on Sep 13, 2014
    Lane always merged their pieces, so if you don't see a mark it's not a Lane. Not sure without a mark though!
  • Dale Beardmore Dale Beardmore on Sep 13, 2014
    Looks like a Lane Cedar Chest from the 60s or 70s.
  • ShirleyB ShirleyB on Sep 13, 2014
    looks like a lane, but they ALWAYS stamp their pieces on the inside cover/lid...looks nice though
  • Charlotte Belange Charlotte Belange on Sep 13, 2014
    I found 1 like it, we found info on the bottom chest. check on Lane's web site Char B YELM,WA
  • Betty Betty on Sep 13, 2014
    I got the small one and still use it for my small jewlery brother made me one in wood shop, so didn't need to buy one...I still have that one too....55 years old now!
    • Diane Diane on Sep 14, 2014
      Betty...the local furniture store in Goldsboro, NC that sold the big Lane chests, would give a small one to every girl in the county when they graduated from high school. All you had to do was go in and show them your diploma as proof you had graduated. I got mine in 1971 and still have it.
  • Jill Jill on Sep 13, 2014
    I hate to disagree with everyone else, but I don't think it's a Lane. I think it's a blanket chest built by Thomasville. It matches exactly the same style as the bedroom set my parents had, which I only recently sold after their passing. It was manufactured in the late 60's/early 70's. The panels, shapes, and rings are exactly the same, but the color of my parents is a little less rich, more of a Walnut ashy shade. Another thing, Lane's cedar chests were branded inside the lid after the 1950's some time with their logo. A warranty was also stapled to the inside lid of the chest for the chest and contents against moth damage and stuff. You should be able to contact Thomasville and send them this picture to verify it.
    • Milan67 Milan67 on Sep 15, 2014
      @Jill I thought it was a 60's/70's piece. Their are no markings on it anywhere. I checked the internet but couldn't find another like it. I hadn't thought of Thomasville but I will give them a call. Thanks for replying.
  • Sandra Walker Sandra Walker on Sep 14, 2014
    @bble- My parents bought a Cedar Chest in the early or late forties and it's a Lane. Both of them have passed but I have it now. They got married in 1941 so I know they got it close to then. The design is different than yours. The design on ours has a diamond shape in the middle and it repeats itself every half inch or so until the pattern is through. That's in the middle on the front. Beside of that, on both sides it doesn't have a design. On the inside, it still has the stamp advertising Lane. And another sign advertising an insurance company named Aetna. It was made in Altavista Virginia. That's all I know about ours except it needs some restoration work done to it, but I'm afraid to trust anybody with it. So I'm going to get some books and read up on it and do it myself. Good Luck finding out what you're looking for.
  • Milan67 Milan67 on Sep 15, 2014
    Thanks to all for suggestions!
  • Melinda Lockwood Melinda Lockwood on Jan 02, 2015
    If it was a Lane cedar chest, if would be marked inside (top left or right side). If it's not identify, it doesn't really matter. Give it a nice makeover and enjoy it's!