In a note written on July 4, 1830, Eliza Parke Custis Law, Martha Washington's granddaughter, identified this trunk as the one Mrs. Washington used when travelling to visit her husband each winter throughout the Revolutionary War. The printed label of trunkmaker John Sunnocks, working in Philadelphia in the early 1790s, suggests the trunk may in fact have been used by the Washingtons during the presidency. Whether it was this trunk or a similar one that was used by Mrs. Washington during the Revolution, Eliza Law's recollections serve as a reminder of the personal sacrifices and many long journeys Martha Washington made to be at her husband's side throughout the Revolutionary War. More

Date

c. 1775-1793


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Geography


Material/Technique

Leather, wood, iron, brass, linen


Dimensions

Overall: 19 1/2 in. x 37 in. x 20 in. (49.53 cm x 93.98 cm x 50.8 cm)


Credit

Gift of Charlotte Plater Rogers Smith Mustard, 1928


Marks

Printed paper label affixed to the center of the lid's interior: "John Sunnocks,/ Trunk Maker, from London/At his Shop, two Doors below Second, in Chestnut-Street,/ Philadelphia, makes and sells all Sorts of Trunks, viz./ Strong Iron and Brass bound Trunks, for traveling either by Sea or/ Land; Spanish Sumters, flat Ditto, common Hair and Leather Trunks,/ Packing Ditto, of all Sorts; Stone Leather Trunks, Portmanteaus, Saddle-/ Bags, Cloak Bags, Fire Buckets, Nests of Gilt Trunks and Caravans, in/ the neatest Manner; Horse Trunks, English Mails, Caravans, Bath-Boxes,/ etc. Ladies Hat Boxes, of all Sorts, made of Leather, Hair or Paper;/ Trunks for Plate, China, and Glass; strong Sea Chests, Liquor Cases, Pack-/ ing Cases and Boxes, etc. etc. Retail, and for Exportation./ N.B. Merchants, Captains of Vessels, and Storekeepers may be served on/ the shortest Notice, and most reasonable Terms."


Object Number

W-368


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