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)
Rocking cradle with turned spindles and finials (along sides) and slatted bottom, and with molded headboards and footboards.
Gift of Susan Eleanor Wood Gearhart
Stenciled label attached to bottom: "P.S. Holsapple, /MANUFACTURER OF/BEDSTEADS/CRIBS and CRADLES, Cohoes, NY."
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.
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.