This trunk is a special find due to its size and superb original paint which has been well preserved over 150 years of use. The deep blue background and delightful floral details are wonderful examples of the traditional painting style in rural E. Europe / Hungary in the mid to late 1800's. The Painted name and date of 1861 indicates that it may have been part of a dowry or wedding present. This trunk has been restored, with matching paint added to the backside, and then given a wax finish bringing a soft luster to the paint and natural pine interior. An ideal use would be as a coffee table or blanket chest at the foot of a bed.