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Object Name: Cradle
Date: ca. 1868
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Medium: Probably walnut
Dimensions: Overall: 22 1/4 x 37 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (56.5 x 95.3 x 54.6 cm)
Place made: United States, Cohoes
Description: Rocking cradle with turned spindles and finials (along sides) and slatted bottom, and with molded headboards and footboards.
Credit Line: Gift of Susan Eleanor Wood Gearhart
Object Number: 2008.21
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Marks: Stenciled label attached to bottom: "P.S. Holsapple, /MANUFACTURER OF/BEDSTEADS/CRIBS and CRADLES, Cohoes, NY."
Inscribed: sk

Gallery Label:

This cradle was originally owned by Capt. Ira (1834-86) and Johnnette Brinckerhoff (1845-1932) Wood, who acquired it for their son Frederic Kenyon Wood (1868-1939). Ira Wood descended from New England patriots, was a graduate of West Point, and a distinguished Civil War veteran who organized and commanded the 12th New York State Volunteer Infantry. He later became a prominent upstate merchant and champion fly-cast fisherman. Wood married Johnette Brinckerhoff in 1867. Brinckerhoff was a descendant of the early Dutch settler Joris Brinckerhoff (arrived ca. 1638-41). The cradle was purchased for their son, Frederic Kenyon Wood, who retained the cradle throughout his life.

Provenance:

The donor is a great-granddaughter of Ira and Johnnette Wood and the granddaughter of F. K. Wood.