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My dad brought home from WW2 a chests now he stated it was

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my dad brought home from WW2 a chests now he stated it was japan but I do not know. I do know it is at least's older than me and I am 68. I would say 76 because he was 94 when he passed and I have had it every since. he came home for war with it in 1944. I have pics to attached and hope I can send
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

There is one close-up surface image attached here that I can see on my end. Please add the dimensions and more photos at your convenience.

You can send the photos at your convenience. There is not an extra charge to provide more pictures here.

~Nora

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the length is 32 inched width is 14.5 inches and height is 16 inches. I am sending hopefully and one pic has a name stamped in metal. I can get closer pic of name if needed.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
if you need me to get more clearer pics I can
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

3 more images came through on this end, the chest.jpg, 1.jpg and chests2.jpg.

Please add clear, in-focus close-ups of the stamped name.

~Nora

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I will try using my phone ok nd I sent 9 pics,
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.

No rush, that is fine.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
hopefully name better hard to read
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

Pictures are excellent but the stamp is hard to decipher. Perhaps, a pencil rubbing on paper may pick up the letters on it.

~Nora

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I will have to remove cover to remove on front to remove and see if I can take a pic closer with out and may be a name inside lock.brb
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.

Ok, thanks.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
appears to be egndwuel
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ccndwuel
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it is brass n stamped tough to make out. it I either ccnowuel. I can see all letters except the fourth letter n it could me a g are o but looks like o so ccnowuel
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
but if u look at firsts letter it looks like a <cnowuel it is <not a c but what does it stand for
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
looks like<cnowuel stamped in brass
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.

I've been trying combinations of names and I am not yielding any info. Since the stamps are on the metal lock mechanisms, it may just be the maker names for the locks and not the trunk.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
at leasts that would tell us when it was made. ok what in your opinion the chests is worth. any wan to know who made
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

By style, it's around 1890.

It is camphor wood.

Let me find comparables for you and send you links of them and their sale prices. I will put those together now and post them here.

~Nora

Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

The word, done in English letters and not characters is likely for Chinese export. It was not uncommon to find Chinese items in Japan. The absence of a country of origin stamp can help to date it possibly to 1890.

Here are links for you to the highest selling camphor wood trunks and their sale prices, for your records and as comparables:

$1415.17:

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-19th-century-chinese-export-305196573

$1000:

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-chinese-hand-carved-camphor-66015105

$995:

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/spectacular-antique-carved-chinese-459002841

$849.99:

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-deeply-hand-carved-chinese-10656555

$585:

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-19c-chinese-camphor-wood-hand-510158236

$500:

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-heavily-carved-oriental-8674889

~Nora

Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.

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Nora

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