Crib, 1769
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The mahogany crib is raised on four tall, square posts or stiles that end in block feet. The top of each post is turned and tapered to form a slender column that ends in a ring and ball finial. Netting could be draped over the four tall posts, and tied around the top of each, to screen the infant from insects.

The two sides, top and bottom walls are formed by balustrades of slender, tapered colonnettes with squared caps and bases. One long side is hinged to permit it to drop, allowing access to the bed.

Connection to Franklin
Crib believed used by Franklin's grandson, Benjamin Franklin Bache; descended in his family Terms of Use Credits