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Donald F. Duncan Cedar Dresser Box

Posted Wednesday, December 14 by Brian

I have a small wooden chest that says Donald F. Duncan Wood Novelties Chicago on the bottom. It is in good condition and has a lock and key with it. I was wondering if you could tell me if it has any value, and if so what is it worth? Thank you for your help with this item. Penny
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The box that you are inquiring about is probably from the late 40's or 1950's. It is made of cedar with copper trim. They were sold as novelties and souvenirs. I have a very similar box that I got when I was about 10 years old, on the boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ. I kept all of my "treasures" in it, and in fact I still have it, and all of its contents. I doubt that mine was made by Duncan. I'd check, but it's packed away. In general, boxes like this are fairly common and are worth about $25.

The fact that your box was made by the Donald F. Duncan may or may not enhance the value. Donald F. Duncan is credited with popularizing the Yo-Yo in the United States, after seeing them on a trip to San Francisco in 1928. For the full story visit this site. Duncan Yo-Yo's are quite collectible, but it is unlikely that it would affect the price of your box a lot. A collector of Duncan Yo-Yo's might pay a premium for the box, but probably not more than $35-$40, and a price that high would discourage other buyers.

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