A mid-19th century Yellow Ware Bonnet Top Cradle. With rockers and molded basket weave decoration on the exterior. This example is small and rather delicately potted, so it is remarkable that as a toy, it has survived. It measures about 5 ½" x 2 ¼" wide (at the rockers) and is about 3 ¾" tall at the top of the bonnet. Very fine condition, especially considering its age and delicate construction: there are a couple of very shallow edge chips (more like flakes) at the foot end of the cradle and on the rockers, and a very thin hairline in the bonnet. No other chips, cracks or lines. When these cradles come with molded babies in them, they were used as Christening gifts, but I think in this form, the cradle was a child's toy or made for a doll house. They are extremely rare in any condition and this one is much better than most.
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