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Date Made:ca. 1830
Materials:wood: red-staned beechwood; pine
Place Made:United States; New England
Measurements:overall: 59 in x 53 1/2 in x 80 1/4 in; 149.86 cm x 135.89 cm x 203.835 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2009.19.1
Credit Line:Gift of the Estate of Viola H. Wilby

Bedstead (see tester, HD 2009.19.2) with turned posts topped with acorn-shaped finials drilled to accept the tester frame, and the posts of the footboard embellished with ribbed fluting, which retains its original red paint-stain. According to a handwritten list of family objects in the file by Elizabeth Hawks Wells (1845-1938), the wife of George Merritt Wells (1839-1883) of Deerfield: "22. The bedstead - bureau & dressing table in K's room were the furnishings of my grandmother Grandmother Smead ... in the Old Brick house in Shelburne where she went as a bride in 1814. Katharine [Wells] netted the test that adorns the bedstead in 1928- or 1929." Elizabeth Hawks (1799-1858), the daughter of Zadock Hawks (1731-1821) of Deerfield, became the second wife of Elihu Smead (1765-1840) of Shelburne in 1814. The daughter of George Merritt Wells (1839-1883) and Elizabeth Hawks Wells (1845-1938) of Main St., Deerfield, Katharine Wells (1875-1958) married Richard Ingersoll Wilby (1880-1920) in 1908.

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