Inventory number: F001
Early American antique primitive portable folding cradle or
field cradle 19th C. Wooden boat form with bentwood slats on shaped frame, designed for field workers to carry Infants as they worked. Ford Johnson Co. Patented in 1876, listed in "Book of Rare Antiques". Also called Melon Cradle. with original red paint.
The cradle is in good shape with some spots showing wear, general marks and scratches commensurate with age and use.