FORM: Apparently unique to the South, infant beds of this form–that is, made with one side open–have been found in southeastern Virginia, the North Carolina Albermarle, and in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Used in the fashion of a crib, these beds evidently were drawn against the side of a full-sized bed when they were in use. Some have been modified at a later period by the addition of a hinged side, thereby converting the bed to a free-standing crib. Wear on the front rail of this example indicated that it also has been used as a seat.
STYLE: With its heavy balustrade turnings, this is the earliest example of a three-sided infant bed known to the MESDA staff.