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The picture of the full bedstead is of a narrow bedstead with four identical posts and a rectangular headboard. The posts are covered with a white, checkered material draping over the bed, creating a canopy. The bed is dressed with simple, white linens and two white pillows. The bedframe has iron hinges at their centers, which allows the wooden frame to fold inwards for easier transport. 


In October 1775, shortly after assuming command of the Continental Army, George Washington acquired "a Field Bedstead & Curtains, Mattresses, Blankets etc. etc." Designed for portability and durability, this bedstead's tapering posts, turned legs, and rails are ingeniously hinged so it can be folded into a compact bundle for easy transport.