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Object ID # 1959.034.010
Object Name Cradle
Title Steambent Wooden Cradle, 19th Century
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Date 19th-century
Year Range from 1880
Year Range to 1910
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Toronto, Ontario?
Description Steam-bent wooden rocking cradle, 19th-c. This cradle has steambent woodwork. The bed part has two hoop-shaped ends, two sides, and a flat cedar slat bottom. The sides have a top and bottom rail connected by seven pairs of spindles. The ends have three pairs of spindles, with the middle pair being larger than the other two. The bottom slats connect to this lower rail. The rail has dowel pieces glued onto its upper edge and the slats fit in between the dowel end. The two rails are functional in a different way. The top one connects to a vertical piece, which swivels on the external frame, and the middle spindles continue through the lower rail and with another piece, form a stabalizer, which connects around a button on the lower part of the external frame. The external frame consists of two "C"-shaped feet, connected by long stretchers, and four "J" pieces, two on each end, placed back to back, which are connected with stretchers and sit on the "C" pieces. The "J" pieces are connected by a single piece at the top to which the vertical bar attached to the bed is fastened. The vertical piece is topped with a finial. The bottom of the bed connects with the "C" feet as described above. This whole arrangement enabled the cradle to be rocked by moving the upper part of the vertical bar. The construction of the cradle has round slot-type screws and mortise and tenon joinery. It was once painted blue, but this finish was removed prior to 1977 (there are still a few blue-green remnants on the slats). There is now a light stain and possibly varnish on it. No maker's identification
Provenance Originally belonged to the Elias Rogers family (Rogers Coal Co.) in Toronto. "He was rocked in it. Left with a nurse."

Then belonged to Christina Gibson (neƩ McIntyre) of Priceville, Grey County. It was given to her and her husband, William Gibson, when they married in 1910, by a Mr. Malcolm? at Priceville. Christina McIntyre was the daughter of Mr. Malcolm McIntyre, a veterinarian of Priceville, Grey County.
Collection Furniture, 19th-c Collection
Material Wood/Metal/Finish
Dimensions H-91 W-44 L-102 cm
Found Grey County,Ontario
People Gibson, William
McIntyre, Malcolm
Subjects Babies
Search Terms Priceville