Cradle. Joined oak construction, with turnings, moldings and chip-carved decoration. It has molded posts with carved finials, molded and gouge-carved rails and muntions, and plain rectangular panels. Taller head end with side brackets, head and foot boards with a single panel,; sides double-paneled; removable base supported by two slats. Rests on rockers.
This oak cradle passed down in the Little family of the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts. It was made either for the first Little child born in this country, Sarah in 1652, or for her nephew John, born in 1680. It was made by the Jacques family, either father Henry, or son Stephen, depending on the date, and the design is consistent with either builder. It is considered one of the finest examples of seventeenth-century Newbury-made furniture in existence.
Possibly Jaques, Stephen (Maker)
Possibly Jaques, Henry (Maker)
- Associated Building
- Original to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm (Newbury, Mass.).
- Object type
- Furniture; Sleeping & Reclining Furniture
Massachusetts (United States)
- Descriptive terms
cradles (children's beds)
- 32 1/4 x 25 x 34 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
- Accession Number
- Credit Line
- Bequest of Amelia W. Little