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For more than 20 years, The Society of American Period Furniture Makers has been committed to providing our members with the best in fine furniture making education.  We provide this service through our symposiums, publications, chapter meetings, and on-line resources. 

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Scott Severns

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As we continue to define our new “normal for now” and work to solve issues many of us have never experienced, we can still walk into our shops and find some sense of normal. Personally it is my favorite place to be, there is nothing quite like the smell of coffee and sawdust.

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American Period Furniture Throughout the Decades

 

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Members enjoy the following benefits.

  • A subscription to our annual American Period Furniture Journal mailed each December
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  • Participation in all local chapter events
  • Eligibility to attend SAPFM confrences and particapte in SAPFM exhibitions
  • Access to on-line resources including our library of articles, past issues of Pins & Tails e-magazine, and more
  • An online gallery where Members' work is displayed
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Article Index

Introduction

This report identifies through detailed analysis a long-lost masterpiece of American furniture: The four-poster bedstead made for General John Cadwalader and his wife Elizabeth Cadwalader (nee Lloyd) in Philadelphia, circa 1769-70.

The timbers are shown to be mid-American.

The original varnish has been identified as compatible with eighteenth-century urban America.

The structure of the bed is consistent with Philadelphia manufacture, with the detachable carved knee typical of the best Philadelphia rococo beds.

Moreover, the workshop style is that of Benjamin Randolph, with a rare form of hairy paw foot found on much of the Cadwalader furniture.

The details of the bed and an associated tea table strongly relate to designs in the Lloyd family silver owned by John and Elizabeth Cadwalader, brought from London.

Original tool marks and later upholsterer’s pencil marks can be closely compared to other pieces of the Cadwalader suite.

A walnut repair is compatible with a documented early repair to the post of a Cadwalader bedstead.

A trapped early fabric strand has been found. It is red, the same colour as documented for the original drapes of the principal Cadwalader bed.

Infra-red photography has revealed a series of original ink inscriptions underneath the stain and varnish on the reverse of the proper left bed bolt cover ‘II’. The large and distinct inscription identifies as ‘Caps Bedstead’ & ‘John Cadwalader’.

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