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Child’s Bedstead

Place Made:
Northeastern North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
walnut –yellow pine
HOA: 28; WOA: 41 3/4; DOA: 29 5/8
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Child’s bedstead with turned spindles around three-quarters of the bed, one side left open; mortise and tenon joints evident on piece; incised line on tapered legs; very worn on top rail; left one with cut; posts square where they meet rails with vase turning to match spindles elsewhere; top of front posts are slightly angled.

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.

Credit Line:
Gift of Frank L. Horton