1865 Approximate
Esping Rosemaled Wooden Trunk. Material: wood, metal. Size: 9 1/2" W. x 20 3/4" L. x 16" D. Description: brown painted wood with multicolored rosmaling patterns on all sides; flat topped with a angled lid; angle strap metal reinforcements; small drawer at bottom; metal hasp and lock on lid; metal loops on back to attach backpack straps. See additional information in comments section.
Note with trunk: "Trunk belonging to Knute Esping, in which he carried his clothes, and school supplies, strapped to his back as he walked to the homes of his pupils, where neighborhood children gathered for two weeks in each place, in the early 1860s."