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Culture:American
Title:cradle
Date Made:mid 18th century
Type:Furniture
Materials:wood: pine; paint
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Deerfield area
Measurements:overall: 19 7/8 x 36 x 13 1/4 in.; 50.4825 x 91.44 x 33.655 cm
Accession Number:  HD 68.124
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Rosalie B. Greene

Description:
Pine cradle with solid horseshoe-shaped ends and simple arc rockers, all covered with a dark red paint. The cradle purportedly belonged to Martha Eliza Sheldon (1818-1862), the daughter of Socrates Sheldon (1784-1840), son of Reuben Allen (b.1749) and a miller of many years at the "Meadow Mill" after 1822, who was descended from various Sheldons of Deerfield, Bernardston, and Leydon. Her mother was Experience Allen (b.1783) of Leyden, Masschusetts. Martha married Alonzo Bates (1821-1903) of Deerfield in 1844, and they lived in South Deerfield.

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