Because of their quality and fine workmanship the Lane Cedar Chest all gain in value with age, especially those made before 1940. The Struggling little company got an economic boost during World War I and again in World War II when the then nationally advertised brand, drafted the all American girl, Shirley Temple to help them convince every GI leaving for the front to buy his girl a "hope chest."
Lane Cedar Chest vary in value depending on age and condition, some sell for several thousand dollars while others can be purchased for under a hundred dollars. When purchasing a Lane chest of any age the first this thing you want to do is verify it's authenticity, this can easily be done by verifying the serial number and the style number which is burned into the wood on the bottom of each chest. You can also tell the age of the chest by reading the serial numbers backward, for example, serial #591403 actually means,
Manufactured March 14th, 1959 ( see pic) This important trademark was to prevent cheap imitations from being sold as true Lane chest and driving the price and value down. Today the Lane Name still means quality and many of the chest that were for so long called "Hope Chest" are now virtual "Treasure Chest". Antique Cedar Chest