This delightful storage bench from Hungary still maintains its original blue paint. The charming flowers and wreathes on the front were a traditional folk art style of the period. The hinged seat with the paint slightly worn from years of use, lifts to reveal ample storage (divided into 2 sections) for blankets,quilts, or even shoes in a mud room. Typical age-related separation of the planks that compose the base are strong and functional. Professionally restored and finished with a satin wax, the joints are tight and the hinged seat functions. Any old cracks (including along the seat) have been restored; knicks, areas of wear and distress are reflective of age and do not impact the function of the bench; entire bench is strong stable and ready for use.