High-post bedstead with identical turned and reeded head- and footposts, a rectangular headboard, and plain rails. The posts have reeded baluster shafts, vertical blocks with lamb's-tongue chamfered corners above the rails, and straight, square or Marlborough legs with block feet having applied cuffs. The headboard is tenoned into the headposts and has astragal molding applied along its top front edge and a few inches from its sides and bottom, forming a rectangle on its front. The rails, which are higher than they are wide, are beaded on their top outside edge. The rails are tenoned into the posts and secured with iron bed bolts; large, shallow, rectangular recesses have been carved out on the outside faces of each leg where the rails are bolted in; the bed bolt covers are missing. The tester or lath frame (modern) rests on iron pins in the tops of the posts with wooden, ring-turned washers inserted in between the tops of the post and the frame.
The headboard may be a replacement, as its form is inconsistent with the style of the posts. Iron braces have been added under the frame at the corners to reinforce the rail attachments.
Draped in a neutral-colored cotton printed with a polychrome, large-scale, Indian-inspired floral with blue, red, green, and gold fringe. The bed has a flat tester with rods for the headcloth and curtains along the head, sides, and foot.
Overall (H x W x D): 91 1/2 in. x 60 in. x 81 1/4 in. (232.41 cm x 152.4 cm x 206.38 cm)
Gift of Mrs. J. Scott Laughton, Regent and Vice Regent for Pennsylvania
Inscribed on the outside of the proper right footpost, below the bolt: "IIII".
Inscribed on the front of the proper right footpost, above the bolt: "III".
Inscribed on the outside of the proper right headpost, below the bolt: "II".
Inscribed on the outside of the proper left headpost, below the bolt: "I".
Inscribed on the outside of the proper left footpost, above the bolt: "IIII".
Inscribed on the front of the proper left footpost, above the bolt: "VII".
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