Posted 2 years ago
I purchased this gorgeous chest from an estate (auction pre-sale) for $60.00 in August 2009. The lady's husband, who preceded her in death, had been in the military and stationed in Japan, after the WWII I think.
There is some writing on the underneath side that I recall has a date in the late 1950's. I remember having the idea from looking at it that it may have something to do with having it shipped back to the States. There is also a small amount of Asian writing, I assume it is Japanese.
The chest is intriquitely carved on all sides.
I absolutely fell in love with it, though Asian design is not my style and I had no idea what I would do with it or even why I wanted it so badly!! I just thought it was beautiful!
It sits in my living room, which has more of an animal/safari type theme (totally does not "go" but I don't even care!), where I can see it every day several times a day.
Though I am fairly certain it is worth the $60.00 I paid for it, I have been curious about how much it is worth.
As you can probably see, it has quite a bit of "caked in" dirt and dust from all of it's years - particularly on the top. I started to clean it but it's a chore!
I did a bit of Googling shortly after I purchased to see what they sell for and I think I remember seeing that the Asian made chests are not cedar but I do not recall the wood.
Any advice you have regarding it's approximate value will be GREATLY appreciated!!!
Many thanks in advance for your time.