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Rosewood & bleached mahogany hanging cradle c. 1880

Rosewood & bleached mahogany hanging cradle c. 1880

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Delaplane Virginia 20144

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A very well made and unusual cradle with supports for hanging. The design elements suggest a big city cabinet maker, the classical Greek key and lyre, the Gothic piercing at the top and the Japanese design influence on the supports would be from a cabinetmaker in a major city. The details like the brass or bronze heads on the screws holing the frame together at the base and the four reverse painted glass panels (eglomise) of red birds certainly indicate that highly skilled workers were available for what is probably a commissioned bed. The woods are rosewood and bleached mahogany, there is no secondary wood. (The mattress support is varnished plywood, which was first patented in New York in 1865, held up by two thin strips of what look like mahogany.). The canopy has no tack holes which leads me to believe that netting was draped over it. The cradle rocks on studs that project from the frame and sit in a slot on the cradle. There is a hook and eye on either side to prevent the rocking. With frame it is 72 inches by 48 ½ inches by 30 inches. The cradle is 23 ½ inches by 42 inches by 30 inches. While dating it to around 1880 is fairly easy, the place is far more difficult. My opinion is that it is a large U.S. city, but that is based on the mix of design elements. I have not seen the design before, so it could be elsewhere.

Condition: some scratches and a little of the Greek key is missing on one side. One of the bolts has no nut to screw into. The eglomise panels are losing some paint.

Not for a modern baby but excellent for displaying dolls.