Labeled John Selby

Object Place: Europe, England


Overall: 54.6 x 109.9 x 58.4 cm (21 1/2 x 43 1/4 x 23 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Pine, leather, brass tacks and hardware

Not On View




Case furniture and boxes

Leather on wood studded on top and sides with brass nail heads forming tulips, fleur-de-lis, etc. Bound on front edges with pierced brass straps. Brass escutheon with crown above. On underside of hinged lid is the engraved paper label of John Selby, trunk maker to George II at Winsor Castle and London. Iron handles on both ends.


Probably by descent through Captain John Bulkeley (b. 1740 - d. 1799), Boston, to his daughter, Mary Bulkeley (Mrs. Robert) Hewes (b. 1778 - d. 1879), Boston; to her daughter, Mary Ann Bulkeley Hewes (Mrs. Robert C.) Bacon (b. 1800 - d. 1867), Boston; to her daughter, Adelaide Joanna Bacon (Mrs. George D.) Sargent (b. 1838 - d. 1931), Boston [see note]; 1931, to her daughter, Mary Adelaide Sargent (Mrs. Clarence Henry) Poor (b. 1863 - d. 1962), Boston; 1947, gift of Mary Adelaide Sargent Poor to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 18, 1947)

NOTE: The chest was first lent to the MFA in 1916 by Mrs. George D. Sargent. When it was made a gift in 1947, Mrs. Poor stated that it had "belonged to a line of Bulkeley ancestors and my beloved mother Adelaide Joanna Sargent." She indicated it had come from the Bulkeley mansion in Boston, where her grandmother, Mary Ann Bulkeley Hewes, was born.

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Adelaide Sargent Poor in memory of Adelaide Joanna Sargent