The trunk has a lift down inner section/compartment under the lid - the only alteration / addition is that the two side boards were added at some time in the past, obviously done to help prevent the door from falling in and breaking the hinge. Everything else is right and original. Notice how the old hard forged square nails were bent under on the inside - in order to help secure them in place. I have had several helpful Ebayers offer their expertise or opinions.
Firstly I was told that this type of trunk was originally used to carry food for the voyage. Next concerns the last name. What appears to me as double FF's may very well be KK's. Here is what this person wrote me. The type of text font that Sigri's name is written in is called Fraktur & what looks like an'' f'' to you is actually a''k''.Her farm name was Bakken. This box probably was brought to America by a descendant of Sigri Iversdatter Bakken. The middle initial says''I'' (not''J''). Sigri was born in 1798 in Kirkebø (Kyrkjebø), Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. She married Aslak Sjursen & they lived at the Bakken farm there.
One of her grandchildren probably immigrated, using her old trunk for their journey. I now think that your trunk belonged to a Sigri Iversdatter Bakken that immigrated to Adams, Mower Co. She emigrated from Norway, along with her 9 year old daughter (Anne Olsdatter Bakken). Anne in Norwegian sounds like On-neh (or similar to Anna in English). This Sigri was born 08 Sept.
1843 in Vestre Slidre, Oppland, Norway. She was christened/baptized on 01 Oct.
Her parents are listed as Iver Thomasen & Aagoth Thomasdatter. Thomas can also be spelled Tommas & Tommes.
Anyways, their farm was Skjel. Sigri was confirmed in 1859, around age 16. Sigri had a brother named Tommes Iversen. By 1865, Sigri (about age 21 - 22) was living in the neighboring municipality of Vang, Oppland, Norway at a farm called Østren, where she was working as a servant. Sigri's daughter, Anne, was born out of wedlock on 24 March 1876 in Vang, Oppland & was christened/baptized on 05 June 1876.
The parish record states that Sigri was living at the Ødegaard(en) farm this time. Sigri's parents (Iver & Aagoth) do not appear in the 1865 Norway census for Vestre Slidre, nor Vang. It appears that both of her parents were probably deceased.
And it appears that Sigri was moving around to work as a servant & now she has a child to take care of. On 31 July 1885, Sigri registered (reported) to her parish in Vang that she & Anne intended to emigrate. It lists her farm as Kvaabakke (which has also been spelled as Kvebakken & Kubakke) and this is where she used/added the name Bakken. Sigri & Anne next appear at the port-of-departure in Kristiania (Oslo) on 06 August 1885. Sigri is still age 41.
The record says that they are from Vang, going to Adams, Minnesota & they used the name Bakken as their surname when they departed. In Mower County, MN, Sigri married John Johnsen Fossen on 11 July 1886. The American records are not as good as the Norwegian records. I will fill you in what I have found so far.
Sigri Iversdatter Bakken married on 11 July 1886 to John Johnsen Fossen aka John J. They married at Little Cedar (which I believe is a church in Adams), Mower Co.
John was born 15 July 1836 in Norway. John's real Norwegian name could be Jon, John, Johan, or Johannes. And the same with his surname (+''sen'').
Sigri died 16 March 1922. The box has dovetail construction with old hand forged square nails. Comes with the original key and instructions on how the key is to be turned to lock and unlock. SAVE THE BOX AND ALL PACKAGING , PICS OF THE OUTER BOX AND INNER BOX , AND OF THE DAMAGED ITEM WOULD BE REQUIRED. THIS IS PART OF YOUR RESPONSIBILITY WHEN IT COMES TO DAMAGE.I PACKAGE TO THE VERY BEST OF MY ABILITIES BUT SOMETIMES THINGS HAPPEN THAT ARE OUT OF OUR CONTROL. I list my items as thorough and as honestly as I can - but it is the buyers responsibility to be informed as possible. Color shades/tones may vary depending on my back round and lighting conditions as well your or my monitor settings. All my items are either older collectibles or antiques and as with anything of this nature there may be slight imperfections due to age or use as well as manufacturing imperfections.
Please view the pics as though they are part of the items description. The item "Antique 1800s Scandinavian Norwegian Wood Immigrant Trunk Box Chest SIGRI BAKKEN" is in sale since Tuesday, March 01, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Primitives". The seller is "whyworka" and is located in Shiocton, Wisconsin. This item can be shipped to United States.