Hand-painted Domed-Top Trunk ca. 1799
Dowry Chest with Domed Top and Hand Painted Flourishes and Date ca. 1799. This substantial 18th century treasure immediately imbues the home with a sense of history and wonder. Still here, all the way from the 1700s, with this hope chest old-world charm meets convenient storage in the form of fascinating folklore trunk. Hand-painted with initials and the date of 1799, it is sure to be a conversation piece. Imagine--the United States was barely getting started when this trunk was moving into the first home of some young Swedish couple.
Swedish "kista" trunks were once given as a gift to a marrying couple and would be filled with all the necessities for married life, such as special linens, family keepsakes, and so on. Often you'll find them hand-painted with both the date and the initials of the betrothed couple.