Here are some beds from the 17th Century, click on the next and previous buttons to see more.
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A posted bed with 4 posts with a wooden canopy or ceiling.The coffer at the foot of the bed was for the linen.
A grander bed with hand embroidered crewel work curtains.the beds often had 2 mattresses ,made of feather, flock or in poorer cases straw.
The ceiled bed arrived in the early 16th century. The headboard was called the tester.
A boarded bed usual implication of the term is of a second or third rate bed.Boarded bedsteads do not usually have testers or canopies.
A half headed bed with canopy covering only the top half of bed.
A posted corded bed with a truckle in a wealthy household.It has 5 curtains and a valence. Bed cords trussed between holes in the bed frame to support the mattresses.The cords could be tightened to give better support which led to the saying " Goodnight, sleep tight."
A valence and canopy bed with a truckle bed in a poor household.The small truckle bed was usually for children or servants.
A simple cradle.
A small child's bed without rockers.
Rocking cradles were made until Queen Anne's time, when the older suspended cot was again reverted to.
An elaborate carved rocking cradle.
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