Cradle

Description
Few of us today would look at the cradle and think of death as well as life. But 18th-century families had to expect many children to die in infancy, and for them a cradle may have evoked feelings of both joy and loss. A Virginian wrote in 1786, "Our Dear babey just lived with us long Anuf to make us love him and began to play and be company for us and them was taken from us."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cradle
Date made
1775-1800
Physical Description
walnut (wood material)
Measurements
overall: 22 1/2 in x 40 3/4 in x 28 in; 57.15 cm x 103.505 cm x 71.12 cm
ID Number
1980.0026.08
accession number
1980.0026
catalog number
1980.0026.08
subject
Family & Social Life
Domestic Furnishings
Artifact Walls exhibit
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Artifact Walls exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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