Early 20th-Century Advertising Cabinet & Containers

Value (2003) | $800 Retail$1,200 Retail

I'm currently fixing my grandparents' home and I came across a very heavy box in the attic. I brought it downstairs and opened it up, and I found this cabinet closed.


And I opened it and found all this food in here wrapped...

Wrapped in the Chicago newspaper.

Yeah, Chicago newspaper, World's Fair paper. I was really surprised. So I found out that my uncle lost his apartment or home during the Depression, because of the money problems, so he had to move back home, and everything went in the attic. It just was frozen in time in the attic until I came across it.

The label on the inside here gives it the "Good Housekeeping seal of approval," which I love. Because this is an early using of that label which has become a standard for housekeeping products, and I love that that is still intact. Now, in the inside, these are some of the spices and various tins that you found wrapped in these items.

They were all wrapped up, yes. I want to preserve this for my family.

Great-- and the history that goes on with the family.


Well, a couple of things, and I want to use this as an example. You can see here that this is Menu Sugar, which is a great advertising piece, but you can see that the box is a little crumpled here and it does have the sugar in it. Now, with all of these items, what you want to do is empty the product, okay? Having the product in there will only incite bugs to... Greatly attract them. So you do want to get rid of that, because that will help preserve the integrity of the piece.


Once you do that-- and you can see here-- if you go slowly and open this up, you can get a piece of cardboard in here that will help open this up and help preserve the piece. Because that's where your value is going to be in, is in the condition and the quality of some of the graphics that are on these items. And I would put an estimate on this of about $800 to $1,200 for the whole group. And it could go higher because of the condition.

That's great. Oh, he'd be happy. He's up there watching this.

Appraisal Details

TreasureQuest Appraisal Group, Inc.
Hobe Sound, FL
Appraised value (2003)
$800 Retail$1,200 Retail
Chicago, IL (July 26, 2003)
20th Century
November 14, 2011: We contacted appraiser Timothy Luke for an updated appraisal of this object in today's market.

Current Appraised Value: $800 - $1,200 (Unchanged)

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