Q&A ON COLLECTING
Cedar chest is filled with hope
Q: This is a photo of a cedar chest that I recently refinished. It was made by Lane Company, and I have never seen one like this before. The overall dimensions are 40 inches wide, 20 inches high and 19 inches deep. Anything you can tell me about the history of my cedar chest will be appreciated.
A: John Lane along with his son, Ed Lane, founded Standard Red Cedar Chest Company in Altavista, Va., in 1912. They had little experience in chest manufacturing and didn't want to use their name to identify the company until it proved to be successful. Their cedar chests were also called Hope chests and were marketed to young women and brides-to-be. In the early 1900s, most young women planned to marry rather than have careers. Hope chests were often given as graduation gifts and filled with linens and blankets to be used when they became wives and homemakers.
Yours was made in the early 1900s and would probably be worth $200 to $300.
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