Here's a beauty of an early 19th Century Hooded Cradle w/Original Red Paint; acquired right out of an old New Hampshire home where it appears to have seen many a newborn. The cradle is in good age related condition; it is well made with square headed nails and measures 39 ½ inches long by 25 ¼ inches high at back of hood. The hood measurements are 18 ½ inches wide by 15 ¼ inches deep (front of hood to back). The roof slant is 6 inches. The inside cradle bed is 36 ¼ inches long by 15 ½ inches wide and is 7 ¼ inches deep. The interior of the cradle is painted an old gray-green color over red. Much of this paint is worn from age and use, exposing the wonderful old red color and wood beneath. It tells quite a story about this cradle. The frame is attached to one solid plank that extends beyond the cradle's sides all around the bottom; this looks like molding but it is in fact the floor of the cradle bed. The rockers were originally nailed from the bottom and appear to have been at a later date, reinforced with old and rather large flat-headed screws. A wooden brace was secured between rockers by mortise and tenon for extra strength. This is original to the piece. The rockers are solid and still rocking. On the right hood side a small flat metal brace was attached to the inside to secure a crack. There is also a crack located on the opposite side. This has not weakened the hood by any means and I believe it never will. Believe me, they knew how to build something to last back then and this cradle is a great example of that. When there was a break from wear, they knew how to reinforce it to last another 100 years. This does not in any way detract from the historical value of this cradle. It's a great find. Use to bring a touch of 19th Century into any room; it would be a great find for any store owner as a display piece. Fill it with flowers, dolls or other wonderful items, pillows and quilts are always a great idea. You might even use it for what it was originally intended for. Sales tax must be collected for buyers living in or picking up in New York State. Local tax rate applies.
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