This massive walnut bed belonged to Jacob and Sarah Irwin Bunn and may have been purchased for their new home, built in 1854.
By the mid-nineteenth century, suites of bedroom furniture became fashionable among the middle and upper classes. Bedroom sets often included a bed, dresser, and washstand.
However, bedrooms, as private spaces within the home, were usually not given the priority or budget given to public rooms such as the parlor. Often cast-off furniture from downstairs was moved upstairs to the bedrooms when it was no longer suitable for the public rooms.