The Important Trask Family Pilgrim Century Oak, Maple and Walnut Chest with Drawer, attributed to the Symonds Shop, Salem, Massachusetts, probably James Symonds, circa 1690
William Trask II (1640-1691) or his son, John Trask (1678-1737), both of Salem Village (now Danvers);
William Trask III (1702-1748), son of John;
William Trask IV (1744-1806), son;
Martha (Trask) Bullock (1777-1866), daughter;
Isaac Bullock (1800-1870), son;
William Blake Trask (1812-1906), first cousin;
New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts;
Sotheby's New York, Important Americana, January 25, 1990, sale 5968, lot 1243;
Israel Sack In., New York;
Sotheby's New York, Selections from Israel Sack, inc., January 20. 2002, sale 7761, lot 1380
William Blake Trask(e), "Captian William Traske and Some of His Decendants," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. LV (July 1901), pp. 321-338;
Benno M. Forman, The Seventeenth Century Case Furniture of Essex County, Massachusetts and Its Makers, (Newark, DE: MA thesis, University of Delaware, 1968), pp. 108-110, cat. III;
Benno M. Forman, "The Osborne Family Chest Re-Discovered," Historical New Hampshire 26, no. 1 (Spring 1971): 27–30, fig 2.;
Israel Sack, Inc., American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, vol. 10, p. 2544, P6264;
Christie's New York, The Joseph and Bathsheba Pope Valuables Cabinet, January 21, 2000, sale 9426, p. 21. The chest is discussed but not illustrated;
Willoughby, Martha H. "Patronage in Early Salem: The Symonds Shops and Their Customers." American Furniture, (Milwaukee, WI: Chipstone Foundation, 2000), p. 171-2, 175, figs. 5 and 6;
Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement, Magazine Antiques, (May 2001), inside front cover.
This one-drawer chest descended in the Trask family of Salem and was probably originally commissioned by John Trask (1678-1737) around the time of his marriage to Hannah Osborne (1679-1721). It descended through three generations of their family to William Blake Trask (1812-1906), who donated the piece to the New England Historical and Genealogical Society in 1902. An article by William published a year earlier shows the chest in the Boston Street house in Salem of his great-great-great grandfather, William (1640-1691), one of the founders of Salem. Another one-drawer chest attributed to the Symonds shop may have originally been owned by Hannah Osborne Trask or her brother John Osborne (1671-1744) (see Willoughby, fig. 9, p. 177). A genealogical chart showing possible lines of descent for these two chests is illustrated in Willoughby, fig. 6, p. 175.
Other case pieces attributed to the Symonds shop that are associated with original owners include: a valuables cabinet with the initials of Thomas Buffington (1639-1728) and Sarah Southwick (1644-1733) of Salem (see Willoughby, fig. 1, p. 170); another with the initials of Ephraim Herrick (1638-1693) and Mary Cross (1640-1693) of Beverly (see Willoughby, fig. 2, p. 171); a third with the initials of Joseph Pope (1650-1712) and Bathsheba Folger (1652-1726) sold at Christie's, The Joseph and Bathsheba Pope Valuables Cabinet, January 21, 2000, sale 9426 (see Willoughby, fig. 3, p. 172); a fourth that belonged to Thomas Hart (d. 1731) of Lynnfield (see Willoughby, fig. 4, p. 173); a one-drawer chest owned by Nathaniel (1670-1749) and Rebecca (1671-1760) Raymond of Beverly (see Willoughby, fig. 10, p. 177); and a cupboard that descended from Lieutenant Stephen Putnam (1694-1772) and his wife, Miriam Putnam (b. 1698) (see Willoughby, figs. 11-12, p. 178-9).