You pulled a nail which is very useful for dating so examine this chart: having the nail in my hands or knowing the wood, I can safely say 1800 - 1825 because I know these chests pretty well.
The legs appear to be newer but if they were well protected over the years that may be why the look so good.
The market on these chests have absolutely fallen through the floor since 2008.I have recently come into possesion of this cedar chest made by Lane.I love the style and have tried to find out more information about it, such as when it was made.I have seen other Lane chests but not in this style....It has a false front that looks like it is a chest with four drawers, but you actually open it up by pushing the lock button.Lane usually inscribes a 5 digit serial number that gives the exact date of production along with a style number.Because so many of these were made between 1912 and the 1980's some of them are lacking serial numbers or have an exact science of determination of date outside of the style.I can tell you that similar age and style Lane cedar chests are currently selling between 100-150 dollars in secondary market settings such as estate sales and auctions. Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns.Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. It actually looked a bit worse than this when I found it!Halfway through this project, I headed to Menards and picked up a heat gun.