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Lane Furniture Blanket Chests

When the first iteration of the Lane Furniture company began to produce its now-famous Lane cedar chests in the early 20th century, the family behind the brand was unsure of how successful they’d be, so they initially didn’t bother adding their name to the offerings.

The manufacturer was off to a modest start but the family was industrious: The Lanes were made up of farmers and contractors who’d built more than 30 miles of the Virginian railroad. They owned a cotton mill and purchased thousands of acres of land in Campbell County, Virginia, where the Virginian railroad was intended to cross the main line of the Southern Railway. The Lanes intended to start a town in this region of the state, and by 1912, streets for the town of Altavista had been laid out and utility lines were installed. In the spring of that year, John Lane purchased a defunct box factory at a bankruptcy auction. His son, Edward Hudson Lane, was tasked with the manufacturing of the cedar “hope” chests for which the Lane family would become known, even though the company was initially incorporated as the Standard Red Cedar Chest Company.

The Standard Red Cedar Chest Company struggled in its early days but introduced an assembly system at its small factory after securing a contract with the federal government to produce ammunition boxes made of pine during World War I. The company prospered and applied mass-production methods to its cedar-chest manufacturing after the war, and, in 1922, rebranding as the Lane Company, it implemented a national advertising campaign to market its products. Ads tied the company’s strong cedar hope chests to romance. Anchored by copy that read “The gift that starts the home,” the campaign rendered a Lane cedar chest a necessary purchase for young women to store linens, clothing and keepsakes as they prepared to marry.

Wartime production during World War II had Lane producing aircraft parts. In the 1950s, the family-owned company began to branch out into manufacturing tables, bedroom pieces and other various furnishings for the entire home. The brand’s vintage mid-century furniture is highly sought after.

Lane’s Acclaim walnut furniture line, which, designed by Andre Bus, has been compared to Drexel’s Declaration series for its blend of modern furniture’s clean contours and traditional craftsmanship. Ads for the Lane series suggested that it included “probably the best-selling table in the world.” (There are end tables, cocktail tables and more in the Acclaim collection, sporting graceful tapered legs and dovetail inlays.) Later, during the 1960s, Lane offered handsome modular wall units designed by the likes of Paul McCobb. Today, the company is owned by United Furniture Industries and is particularly well-known for its upholstered furniture.

Vintage Lane furniture is generally characterized by relatively neutral styles, which are versatile in different kinds of interiors, as well as good quality woods and careful manufacturing. All of these attributes have made Lane one of the most recognizable names in American furniture.

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Creator: Lane Furniture
Lane Altavista Mahogany Blanket Cedar Chest
By Lane Furniture
Located in Germantown, MD
Lane Altavista mahogany blanket chest with cedar lining. Good vintage condition. Measures 48"W x 17"D x 22"H. W6051922
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Mid-20th Century American American Classical Lane Furniture Blanket Chests

Materials

Cedar, Mahogany

Mid-20th Century Mahogany and Cedar Blanket Chest
By Lane Furniture
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Chic and functional mid 20th century medium color mahogany chest with cedar wood lining. The chest, made by Lane is in near perfect condition with a lock, key and all original docume...
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1950s American Vintage Lane Furniture Blanket Chests

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Mahogany, Cedar

Mid-Century Modern Lane Cedar Chest
By Lane Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage modern cedar chest by Lane. Sturdy construction, walnut exterior with "Aroma-tite" cedar interior ensuring the protection of the chest's contents. Working key included. Pleas...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Furniture Blanket Chests

Materials

Wood, Cedar

Lane Flame Mahogany with Inlays Blanket Chest with Cedar Lining
By Lane Furniture
Located in Germantown, MD
Absolutely unique Lane Altavista flame mahogany with banded inlays blanket chest or bench with storage. Good vintage condition. Measures 48"W x 19"D x 25"H W1052222.
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Mid-20th Century American American Empire Lane Furniture Blanket Chests

Materials

Mahogany

LANE Chippendale Style Cherry Mini Cedar Chest / Nightstand
By Lane Furniture
Located in Charlotte, NC
A Chippendale style mini cedar chest by Lane. Cherry with brass hardware, cedar lined interior, fluted columns and ogee bracket feet. Can double as a nightstand. Does NOT lock or lat...
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Mid-20th Century American Chippendale Lane Furniture Blanket Chests

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Cedar Chest by Lane Furniture Co.
By Lane Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Midcentury cedar chest from the American manufacturer Lane Furniture Company of Altavista, Virginia. Simple and stylish design - accents on the base - padded seating covered with a t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lane Furniture Blanket Chests

Materials

Walnut, Faux Leather

Midcentury Cedar Trunk by Lane
By Lane Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Low trunk with cedar wood inside and Mid-Century Modern style outside. Made by Lane Furniture. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).   
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Furniture Blanket Chests

Materials

Walnut

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1930s American Classical Wooden and Steel Cedar Lined Trunk
Located in Germantown, MD
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Vintage Solid Pine Cedar Chest by Bally MFG co Bally Pa
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Located in Germantown, MD
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Antique American Refinished and Re-Upholstered Blanket Trunk Chest
Located in Germantown, MD
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Early 20th Century American American Craftsman Lane Furniture Blanket Chests

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Modern Hand-Painted Pine Blanket Chest with Side Drawer Cabinet
Located in Germantown, MD
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19th Century Heavily Hand Carved Asian Blanket Chest Trunk
Located in Germantown, MD
Antique heavily hand carved Asian blanket chest trunk from Hong Kong, Circa 1870s. Good vintage condition. Pad Lock Lockable Measures 41"W x 20.25"D x 22.75"H.
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1700s William & Mary Partially Ebonized Pine Blanket Chest of Drawers
Located in Germantown, MD
William & Mary Partially Ebonized stained pine blanket chest of drawers New England, Circa 1700 The applied molded hinged top opening to view a well with three false drawers; the c...
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Early 1700s American William and Mary Antique Lane Furniture Blanket Chests

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Fully Renovated American Dome Top Cedar Trunk, circa 1880s
Located in Germantown, MD
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1800s Carved Cedar Chest Blanket Trunk
Located in Germantown, MD
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Early 19th Century North American American Colonial Antique Lane Furniture Blanket Chests

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Lane Furniture blanket chests for sale on 1stDibs

The Lane Furniture blanket chests are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Lane Furniture blanket chests there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 5 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original blanket chests by Lane Furniture were created in North America during the mid-20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Other customers often also consider blanket chests by and n.. Prices for Lane Furniture blanket chests can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $800 and tops out at $1,500, while pieces like these can sell for $1,050 on average.
Questions About Lane Furniture Blanket Chests
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, the last Lane cedar chest produced was in 2001 and the plant was then permanently closed. The company hit its heights in World War II, using a great ad campaign and encouraging the purchase of cedar chests, known as Hope Chests. In 1987 a hostile corporate purchase occurred and the new owners filed for bankruptcy in 1992. Shop a collection of Lane chests from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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