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I have a large carved camphor chest, 40" x 22" x 21.5 that

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I have a large carved camphor wood chest, 40" x 22" x 21.5 that my husband's family purchased in Singapore/Malaysia about 50 years ago. What value should I put on it to sell?
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Tell us what else you do know and the Antiques Appraiser will be able to better assist you.
Customer: Both my husband's parents are dead, but my husband, who is a native Singaporean, remembers having "always had it" and he is 59 years old. Seems a very traditional and common piece. Just large and bulky. I do have pictures.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Antiques Appraiser should know?
Customer: Carved out handholds on both ends in the shape of clams, also 2 more on front side. Carvings are on top of chest and on front side. Inside has a shallow sliding tray, separate from main cavity. Metal clasp made for traditional Chinese sliding lock is circular with scallop border and 4.5" in diameter.


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Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Bottom of chest has chalk number 109 and what looks like a soft curved line starting at a point near the top left of the the "1" and underlining the "109." Carved picture on chest top is same as on chest front; 6 human figures, 4 people crossing a curved bridge, 2 people on a boat under the bridge, scene is of pointy rooftop houses. bridge+river in center, and pagodas +tree with circular fruit on left and right.

This is a style of camphor wood carved blanket

chest with brass hardware

that was made in Hong Kong and Singapore, China in the 1950's through 1970's.

The selling price for this chest is fair at $175 to $225 retail.

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