18th c. American Doll Cradle
This early doll cradle is made of painted white pine with rose head nail construction. It retains its original surface of red flourishes over a vivid forest green. The cradle bears the initial “A” and is inscribed on the bottom from one woman (or girl) to another. The writing is somewhat hard to decipher, but the recipient’s middle initial is “A” and her last name appears to be “Gillbert.” Despite visible wear, including scratches and some paint loss, the cradle is in good condition and is a very appealing early American toy. Measurements are 11″L X 5-1/2″W (at the top) X 6″H. Late 1700s-early 1800s.