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Object Name: Cradle
Date: ca. 1719
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Medium: Mahogany, oak
Dimensions: Overall: 25 3/4 x 24 1/2 x 42 1/2 in. ( 65.4 x 62.2 x 108 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Open cradle (no hood) made of mahogany and oak; sides with scroll-cut edges near head board; shaped foot board with broken serpentine edge; cut-out handle on either side and shaped rockers.
Credit Line: Gift of Rufus King
Object Number: 1931.88
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Marks: handwritten: on label affixed to underside: "Cradle which once belonged . . . wearingen (1719-1788) of [Virg]inia], to his son Josiah [Swear]ingen], to his daughter, . . . r (Swearingen) Worthington . . . daughter, Sarah (Worthington) . . . to her son, Thomas King, to [R]ufus King, and to his son, . . . the donor."

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This cradle was first used by Van Swearingen (b. 1719), son of Thomas and Lydia Swearingen of Berkeley County, Virginia. It was subsequently used by his son, Josiah, and his daughter, Eleanor, who married Thomas Worthington in 1796, and had a daughter, Sarah, in 1880. Sarah married Edward King, the fourth son of Rufus King of Jamaica, Long Island. Their son Thomas, his son Rufus, and Rufus' son (the donor, also named Rufus) used this cradle.