Trash to Treasure: Campaign chests -

Trash to Treasure: Campaign chests

What may look like an ordinary old trunk could be a valuable collectible. Antique trunks are so common at flea markets, you can pick them up for a song. But here's one you really need to know about: The British "Campaign Chest."

According to Francesca de la Flor, one of the country's top antique dealers and America Now's antique expert, it's worth a small fortune.

"A campaign chest was designed for an English officer to bring his tea service, his linens, his silver with him when he campaigned; when he went to war," says Francesca. "The ones that are really wonderful to find are fully outfitted. "

A good clue to spotting a campaign chest is the variety of compartments inside used to store things, like candlestick holders.

Another wonderful feature is the antique Florentine paper that lines the inside.

"Florentine paper is a process of a paper that was created in Florence, and the paper is marbled, it is over-painted, and it is in and of itself sought-after, particularly if it's old paper. You often see it on the outside of books or the inside of leather bound books, which is a very classic Italian motif," says Francesca.

So keep your eyes peeled for a trunk like this -- it truly is a treasure chest!

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