Wood, probably walnut
Overall: 22 1/4 x 37 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (56.5 x 95.3 x 54.6 cm)
Stenciled label attached to bottom: "P.S. Holsapple, /MANUFACTURER OF/BEDSTEADS/CRIBS and CRADLES, Cohoes, NY."
Rocking cradle with turned spindles and finials (along sides) and slatted bottom, and with molded headboards and footboards.
This cradle was originally owned by Capt. Ira (1834-86) and Johnnette Brinckerhoff (1845-1932) Wood, who acquired it for their son Frederic Kenyon Wood (1868-1939). Ira Wood descended from New England patriots, was a graduate of West Point, and a distinguished Civil War veteran who organized and commanded the 12th New York State Volunteer Infantry. He later became a prominent upstate merchant and champion fly-cast fisherman. Wood married Johnette Brinckerhoff in 1867. Brinckerhoff was a descendant of the early Dutch settler Joris Brinckerhoff (arrived ca. 1638-41). The cradle was purchased for their son, Frederic Kenyon Wood, who retained the cradle throughout his life.
Gift of Susan Eleanor Wood Gearhart
The donor is a great-granddaughter of Ira and Johnnette Wood and the granddaughter of F. K. Wood.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.