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Shakes and splits in the mahogany show that the posts are assembled from three sections:  The
first join is between the square section and the base of the vase, and the second join is between
the spiral carving and the base of the long stopped flute.
 
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Details of posts.
 
The mortice and tenon joints are identified by corresponding Roman numerals made by a ½” chisel,
which further shows the unity of the original components.
 
The acanthus carved detachable knees (bolt covers) are similarly marked II & III on their reverse.
Detachable knees are reserved for the very best beds and detailed in The 1772 Philadelphia Furniture Price Book as "knees to move”.
 
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Chisel markings on bed rails.
 
There is a further mark made with a carving gouge in the form of a ‘C’ on one of the posts and the front cross-rail.

The two side rails are eighteenth century replacements.

The original headboard is missing; the construction suggests this was a simple board hidden by the drapes; this would have been stuffed and covered with fabric as detailed by Plunket Fleeson.5