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This necessary piece of household furniture has bowed sides; horseshoe-shaped end boards and rests on rockers screwed to the bottom. The rocking motion was intended to soothe the baby and the narrow "bed" provided warmth and security. The decoration, sponge-like black designs daubed over an orange-red ground, creates a simple but pleasing effect on this cradle made by Deerfield carpenter, Wyman Stebbins (1807-1837) for his second daughter.


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Cradle with painted decoration

creator   Wyman H. Stebbins (1807-1837)
date   c. 1833
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   23.75"
width   22.75"
depth   35.25"
process/materials   pine
item type   Household Goods/Furniture
accession #   #1891.25.03

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