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Nom de l'objet : bed
Catégorie de l'objet : Furnishings
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : Furniture
Matériaux : pine
Numéro d'accession : 2002.40.1
Culture : Canadian
Date de fin de production : c. 1850
Commentaires : Found in the Anthony Flower house, this early pine post bed was likely used by Anthony Flower (1792-1875) and his wife, Mary Green Flower (1794-1867), or by their children or other descendants. As described by Isabel Skelton, the old bedstead was called a catamount bed. The frame was made of four posts and four poles, two long poles for the sides and two short poles for the ends. These pieces were held in place by a system of ropes and pegs that could be readily tightened when the ropes began to sag. Skelton goes on to comment that it was no small task to put up a bedstead with cords. The woman of the household would have a special wrench for drawing the cord as tight as she could through the holes in the frame, and when the ropes were taut she would hammer a peg into the hole to keep it so. The woman would then repeat this process all around the bed. Skelton also describes the mattress used on a roped bed as a straw mattress or tick, freshly filled once or twice a year with the cleanest and nicest straw to be had. The tick to hold the straw was made like a bag, except that it was sewn at both sides with a two or three foot opening in the centre of the top, allowing the woman making the bed to put in her hand and adjust the straw without any danger of scattering it. Anthony Flower, who is taking his place as one of Canada's preeminent pre-confederation painters, was born to Cornelius Flower (1760-1828) and Margaret Nicholson Flower (no date) on 4 March 1792 in the Ratcliff-Wapping area of Middlesex County, a part of London, England near the River Thames. Anthony Flower had two sisters, Mary and Martha, and several half-siblings who were born to Eliza Ann Ball Flower, Cornelius Flower's second wife whom he married after the death of his wife Margaret. In 1808, Cornelius Flower moved his family to Little Heath Great Farm in Hertfordshire, England, near the village of Berkhamsted. Anthony Flower lived with his family at Little Heath Great Farm until immigrating to Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada in 1817 aboard his father's ship, the Trent. By 1818, Anthony Flower had bought from John Clark a 200 acre plot of land on the shores of the Washademoak Lake in MacDonald's Corner, New Brunswick. On this land, Flower built his frame house, which is now the Anthony Flower House Museum in Cambridge-Narrows, New Brunswick, and developed his homestead. He married Mary Green Flower (1794-1867) on 4 July 1820, and together they raised four children: Cornelius (1822-1890), Margaret (1825-1894), James (1829-1918), and Mary (1835-1922). Anthony Flower lived, farmed, and painted at MacDonald's Corner until his death on 9 December 1875, and he is buried with his wife Mary in the MacDonald's Corner Baptist Church Cemetery. Their house and land remained in the possession of their descendants until 2002 when the contents, including many paintings, were put up for auction. The house was then acquired by the Queens County Historical Society. There is no evidence to suggest that Anthony Flower ever sold a painting, and most Flower paintings have been found in the possession of Anthony Flower's descendants or in the possession of the descendants of Flower's friends and relatives.
Hauteur : 71
Largeur : 108.5
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
Établissement : Queens County Heritage
Ville de l'établissement : Gagetown
Province de l'établissement : New Brunswick
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