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Mahogany Tester Bed

18th-century bed of Rhode Island origin, mahogany with elaborately fluted foot posts with Marlboro feet and small fan inlay. Simple headboard with pencil posts, possibly of secondary wood. Bed has usual evidence of years of continual use found in all true antiques. Numerous old hammer-like dents on pencil posts. Many tack and brad holes in bed sides and ends. Old crack in Marlboro foot. Deep rim chip on right ring under fluted column. One brass cover missing on left hand outside foot post. No finials, mattress or springs.

Object number: 1976.17.1

Dimensions: 87"high: 59” W: 82"L

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon, III

Estimated age 1770.



What visitors say

Thank you so much for letting our IB Human Geography class come tour the Joel Lane house. I really enjoyed learning about how high-class people lived back them. I was surprised to hear that they were always working and had no time to themselves. I was also shocked at the size of the beds. They were so small! You two really played good parts and made me feel like I was really back in those times.

Henley