Very interesting, eclectic collection. Some things may be worth just a few bucks, others there's no telling how valuable they could be.
You have two issues. 1), you're going to have to do some digging to find an array of experts who could value some of these items. And 2), not having any kind...
Unless there's something special about that particular one, lots of vintage trunks like that sell for $75-$150. Less ornate a bit lower, more ornate a bit higher. Check with someone who stages houses for real estate sales, they'll probably give you a low end estimate.
There's just a ton of...
Its not in a river, Salvor. It’s about 7 miles offshore, in the open ocean.
Even if those buckles were buried in the sand offshore, IMHO those hooks should’ve corroded away in a salt environment if they’d actually been submerged that long.
Particularly looking at the second picture, it seems to me being in an ocean environment for that period of time (if authentic), the hooks would be completely rusted off. Just my opinion, but they appear to not have spent that amount of time in the ocean.
Found in the water, or found in the dunes?
It certainly "looks" old, but it doesn't have the "look" of something that spent time underwater or buried in dunes, it doesn't seem to be weathered.
Any chance it came from inside of a building, and was mislabeled or misidentified on accident (or on...
I’d been meaning to contact Dell and ask him a few questions, then see if he still needed help. Hadn’t seen anything posted on him in a while. As usual, life finds a way of interfering, got busy and missed out on more chatting with him.
Little to no marine growth on that timber. If it's 400 years old and has been underwater it's been buried in the sand, it look to be almost pristine.
Or....it's been onshore buried in a sand dune, maybe erosion/construction broke it loose?
Not sure what it is, but it doesn't appear to have spent any significant amount of time in the water, it's almost pristine looking. There's no reference as to size, but looking at it appears to me to be a footboard to a bed.
Any hinges or hardware on it that might help date it?