|Object ID #||1960.077.001|
|Title||Tom Thomson's Cradle|
|Lexicon category||2: Building Furnishings|
|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?).|
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|
|Dimensions||H-51.2 W-46.2 L-95.4 cm|
|Found||Sydenham Township (formerly), Municipality of Meaford, Grey County|
|Function||Bed used for an infant|