EARLY 19TH CENTURY ANTIQUE FEDERAL NEW ENGLAND / VERMONT GRAIN PAINTED CANNONBALL BED
We're pleased to offer for sale this great late 18th / early 19th century antique New England grain painted bed. The bed has finely formed ringlet & bulbous cannonball turnings with a rare all over sponge painted decoration. The surface is meant to imitate a fancy burled walnut or elm wood that wouldn't have been readily available or affordable in a country cabinet shop. We strongly feel this is a Vermont bed but to be fair similar grain painting can be found spread out through New England. The bed has round rails with the same painted decoration and is sturdy as a rock held together with large square head carriage bolts. We note minimal white paint transfer on the bed that we didn't attempt to remove. We didn't want to disturb the original sponge painted surface and risk damaging it. One of the posts saw more sun where it sat in the house and slightly faded. The last photo in the series shows the slight discoloration. We don't come across many beds like this with round rails. We'd imagine a rope foundation could be used with just a mattress, a modern adjustable box spring frame placed on the ground would work, or a custom rabbit edge box spring could be made. Rabbit edge box springs are shaped like an uppercase "T" with the ears sitting over the rails. Every major city has a custom bedding maker close by and it's much more affordable than one would think. We can recommend a local resource in your area or if you're within our delivery range we may be able to help facilitate and deliver everything all at once. The bed measures 53 1/2" wide x 85 1/2" long x 46" tall at the cannonballs. The interior measures 47" wide x 78" long between the rails.