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Object ID # 1960.077.001
Object Name Cradle
Title Tom Thomson's Cradle
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Date 19th-century
Artist Unidentified maker
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Spindle-sided baby cradle used by the Thomson Family. The cradle has a cream-colour or light beige-colour painted finish. There are four turned legs, a pair joining each rocker. The legs continue as corner posts, and have a round knob finial. There are four plain horizontal rails around the bottom, and four around the top. In between these rails are vertical spindles. The short ends each have 3 spindles, while the sides have 10 spindles each. Three spindles on one side are turned the same. The others are plain spindles. It has a wooden slat base. There is no original mattress for it (perhaps a straw tick was used?).
Provenance Maker unknown. According to the previous owner, this cradle was used by the John Thomson family and was the cradle that a famous Canadian artist, Tom Thomson, was rocked in.

Mrs. Thomson later gave the cradle to the Buzza family of Sydenham Township, and it was used by the Buzza children.
Collection Furniture, 19th-c Collection
Material Wood/Paint/Metal
Dimensions H-51.2 W-46.2 L-95.4 cm
Found Sydenham Township (formerly), Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
People Thomson, Tom
Thomson, John
Subjects Cradles
Search Terms Sydenham Township
Function Bed used for an infant