Bedstead

Date: 1830–60

Geography: Made in New Lebanon, New York, United States

Culture: American, Shaker

Medium: Maple, pine

Dimensions: 71 x 30 x 31 in. (180.3 x 76.2 x 78.7 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1981

Accession Number: 1981.226

Description

The Shakers favored trundle bedsteads with nonpivoting wooden wheels that allowed the bed to be pulled straight out from the wall for changing and cleaning. The 1845 Millennial Laws specified that "bedsteads should be painted green."

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