View Larger Low-post bedstead


Blue-green-painted, low-post bedstead with peaked-top head- and footboards (the headboard higher), cylinder-and-block-turned head- and footposts with flattened ball finials and single-swell or inverted-baluster-turned legs, and pegged rails. The headposts have two incised rings near the top of the cylinder above the rails and one incised ring near the bottom of the cylinder below the rails. The footposts are plain. The head- and footboards are beaded along both top edges tenoned into the posts and single-pegged. The square rails, which are as high as they are wide, are beaded along their top and bottom outside edges. A wide rabbet cut along their top inside edge is fitted with pegs for a roped or sacking bottom. The side rails are tenoned into the posts and secured with a large peg (possibly replacements of the original iron bed bolts); filled mortises or wedges are visible on their outside ends. The head and foot rails are tenoned into the posts and double-pegged.

A long mortise cut into the top cylinder of each headpost above the present juncture with the side rails and ghosts on the top face of the side rails indicate the placement of side panels or pillow guards on either side of the bed.





Yellow pine (head- and footboard), possibly tulip poplar (posts and rails), paint


Overall (H x W x D): 31 1/2 in. x 50 3/4 in. x 78 in. (80.01 cm x 128.91 cm x 198.12 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1954

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