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Cradle. Red oak with white pine bottom and rockers. Arched bonnet constructed of decoratively turned spindles set horizontally into bent wood rails; four large ball finialed vertical spindles at each corner of bonnet matched by two at foot; body constructed with six panels per side, two at foot and eight at head; panels set into heavy molded stiles and rails; railing of short spindles set above the panels of side and foot; stiles at head and foot cut for placement of rockers.
cradles (children's beds)
sleeping and reclining furniture
red oak (wood)
eastern white pine (wood)
turning (shaping process)
Various legends-including shipwreck-surround this cradle, which is not surprising considering its astonishingly elaborate design. While we may never know the name of the joiner who made it, he went to extraordinary lengths, using twenty-two joined panels, thirty-three turned spindles, nineteen buttons, and eight finials. Most cradles of this period are plain and functional; this one is truly a masterpiece. It is now on display at the Winslow Crocker House in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.
Exhibited At Winslow Crocker House (Yarmouth Port, Mass.),
33 3/8 x 25 1/4 x 33 5/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Dorothy Armour, Elizabeth T. Acampora, L. Hope Carter, Guido R. Perera, Henry C. Thacher, Louis B. Thacher, Jr., and Thomas C. Thacher
Massachusetts (United States)
Yarmouth (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)