Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Lane Cedar Chest Lock Recall / How to find out the age of your Lane Cedar Chest
Just to follow up about my blog post yesterday about my $10 Lane cedar chest, I wanted to remind/inform people that if you have a Lane or Virginia Maid brand chest made 1987 or earlier, the lock needs to be replaced. My mom still has her Lane hope chest from the 50's and she got her lock replaced a long time ago (Lane will send out a free replacement). Too many kids were crawling inside and getting themselves locked in - with tragic results. Lane estimates there are still 6 million chests out there (occasionally showing up at yardsales etc) - that need replacement locks.
So I called today to get my free lock replacement (I could have filled out the online form but I wanted to try to find out when mine was made. I talked to a nice woman with a southern drawl who explained how to determine the age of a Lane cedar chest.
Mine has a birthday of April 15, 1967. Above is a picture of the serial # (style #). To determine the age, work backwards from the Serial #. Take the last two numbers (40) - reverse them and you have 04 - for April - the 4th month of the year. The next two numbers (51) get reversed to 15 - the 15th of the month. The next two numbers (76) get reversed to 67 - meaning 1967. The first number - #2 - just represents which plant # it was made it. So there you have it - 04/15/67
Posted by Chris the Yardsale Queen at 10:16 AM