A baby slept in this cradle made by an enslaved person who loved her. Enslaved families made their children’s lives more comfortable by fashioning furniture, clothing, quilts, and toys out of available materials.
Source: Nancy Bercaw, Curator, Slavery and Freedom
The slave-made wooden cradle consists of 5 wooden boards nailed together to form a five-sided bed with open top on 2 rockers. The long sides are sloped, and the short sides have a rounded top edge.
britannia metal, silver, beeswax, and cotton (fiber)
H x W (width includes handle): 6 3/4 × 5 1/8 in. (17.1 × 13 cm)
early 19th century
The taper holder is a silver plated piece with three hallmarks or maker's marks pressed into the rim of the saucer/dish base. The center of the dish curves upward to support two curved parabolic prongs which curve out and up before meeting again at the top of the piece where they support a small metal cylinder with a circle cut in its center. A spool of candle wax wound on a thin metal rod with an oval handle is parallel to the base; the wax taper is threaded through the round metal piece at the top. There is a silver handle melded to rim just under the oval handle of the spool which unspools the beeswax taper. A small cone shaped candle-snuffer is attached to the PL prong by a hanging chain.
The book is hardback and brown in color; almost completely absent of design, it is only marked with the title printed on its spine in horizontally oriented gold text on a narrow section of black cover which is a slightly different material than the rest of the brown cover. The text reads [BOLLES'/PHONOGRAPHIC PRONOUNCING/DICTIONARY]. There are two embossed horizontal lines below the title on the spine.