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High-post bedstead with turned and carved head- and footposts and four, plain, rectangular rails. The footposts have tapered shafts of six colonettes, bound at center, with floral-, rope-, and tasseled lambrequin-carved capitals above tall balusters carved with spiraling acanthus leaves on spool-turned bases, while the headposts have fluted shafts with fluting that ends several inches above their spool-turned bases. Both foot- and headposts have vertical blocks with slightly rounded tops and bottoms, and plain, tapered, cylindrical legs with double-ring-and-spool-turned tops and feet terminating in tapered cylindrical brass caps fitted with casters. Each of the four posts has a tabbed iron plate screwed into two faces of the vertical block to receive iron tenons or wedges that are driven into each end of the rails. The rectangular side rails, which are higher than they are wide, have a shallow rabbet cut along their top inside edge which, in turn, is cut with evenly spaced, wide notches for cross slats. The head and foot rails are plain.

There is no headboard or tester associated with this bedstead. The posts also show evidence of several restoration campaigns. Long, filled-mortises on the footposts extend down the block below the rail catch and partially down the leg. The feet are all additions or replacements, attached with a form of bridle joint. See the Notes section for additional information regarding this bedstead's condition.

Date

1800-1830


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany (posts), yellow pine (rails), brass, iron


Dimensions

Other (Footpost): 92 1/2 in. x 5 in. x 4 1/2 in. (234.95 cm x 12.7 cm x 11.43 cm)
Other (Footpost): 92 1/4 in. x 5 in. x 4 1/2 in. (234.32 cm x 12.7 cm x 11.43 cm)
Other (Headpost): 92 5/8 in. x 3 1/8 in. x 3 1/8 in. (235.27 cm x 7.94 cm x 7.94 cm)
Other (Headpost): 92 1/2 in. x 3 3/8 in. x 3 1/4 in. (234.95 cm x 8.57 cm x 8.26 cm)
Other (End rail ): 53 1/2 in. x 2 5/8 in. x 3 3/4 in. (135.89 cm x 6.67 cm x 9.53 cm)
Other (End rail): 52 3/16 in. x 2 5/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (132.56 cm x 6.67 cm x 9.84 cm)
Other (Side rail): 77 1/4 in. x 2 3/4 in. x 3 7/8 in. (196.22 cm x 6.99 cm x 9.84 cm)
Other (Side rail): 77 in. x 2 1/2 in. x 3 7/8 in. (195.58 cm x 6.35 cm x 9.84 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mrs. Lewis William Washington, Vice Regent for West Virginia, 1896


Marks

Inscribed below the rail attachment of one footpost: "III".

Inscribed below the rail attachment of the other footpost: "I".

Inscribed below the rail attachment of one headpost: "V".

Inscribed on one end of an end rail: "VII".

Inscribed at each end of the other end rail: "III" and "II".

Written in graphite at several points along one side of a side rail: "II".

Written in graphite at each end of the other side rail: "III" and "IIII".


Object Number

H-231


Colors


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