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Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward

Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward
Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward
Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward
Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward
Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward
Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward
Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward
Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward
Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward
Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward
Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward
Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward

Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward    Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward

A gorgeous piece of early 20th century Americana! This Jenny Lind-style solid wood rocking cradle/bassinet was made by W. Ward was a late 19th/early 20th century furniture maker in Galesburg, Illinois. His business was later bought by Ward & Fritz in 1909, a larger outfit at the time. One of the crib's slats bears the original maker's mark, handpainted in black.

As such, I believe this piece to have been produced prior to 1909, though I cannot be sure of the exact time period of production. Bedframes and cribs of this style are called "Jenny Lind" after the celebrated Swedish soprano of that name. Known as the "Swedish Nightingale", she became enormously popular following a US Tour with PT Barnum in the 1850's. During the tour, it was said that she slept in a "spool bed"; in a testament to her popularity, bedframes and cribs that featured turned spindles (that looked like stacked spools of thread) and squared corners became known as "Jenny Lind beds". In truth, this type of furniture existed long before her celebrity endorsement, and was considered "cottage-style".

This piece is in excellent vintage condition. It is solid wood construction, and I believe it is made of black walnut (owing to its popularity among American furniture makers of this time period, particularly for turned items). It shows slight signs of wear consistent with age and use, and that contribute to its historical character. It has been cleaned and polished up, but is otherwise unaltered. It would make a lovely addition to a nursery (for displaying dolls, for example), or to a collection of early Americana. 28"W × 37.5"D × 25H. CONDITION NOTES: Please review photos carefully for a detailed look at this item's condition. This piece is in excellent vintage condition, signs of wear are consistent with use and age. It has been cleaned and polished but is otherwise unaltered.

One of the top rails has a medium sized knot in the wood (see photos). On one of the bottom inside corners there appears to be a small hardened drip of some kind, which I left in place as I did not want to gouge the piece or otherwise mar the finish.

The four bed slats rest in notches and are therefore removable (they are not nailed in to the piece). This item is in the category "Baby\Nursery Furniture\Bassinets & Cradles". The seller is "willis72" and is located in this country: US.

This item can be shipped to United States. Ward

  • Type: Cradle
  • Shape: Rectangle
  • Color: Brown
  • Style: Spindle
  • Original/Reproduction: Original
  • Material: Wood
  • Features: Portable
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

  • Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward    Turn of the Century Jenny Lind Walnut Spool Cradle/Bassinet, Made by W. H. Ward