The Case for John Cadwalader’s Bed

After three and a half years of reaching the mechanics of this bed constructed by using secondary Colonial timbers of birch and tulip poplar we are on the last few weeks before the Mortice and Tenon magazine is released.

Both for myself and Ian Coulson it has been a very bumpy road of ups and downs by highs of excitement when we have found a connection which has taken us on another journey of discovery within the workshop practices happening only in Philadelphia between 1768-70.

Even in the last few weeks new physical evidence has been found to added another recorded Philadelphia piece of furniture into a small group that were made more than likely in a conveyer belt way. 

Image showing the difference in timber where the walnut was use to repair.
This too is new and unpublished research but go’s  back to a observation made when Winterthur Museum published The Cadwalader Furniture Study mid 1990s. But the connection is very compeling and nothing to do with the facade or decoration by carving. Constructional from the beginning.

Regarding the downs we had a few mainly based on opinions that its not correct or John Cadwalader its English. These options have been made in most cases very quickly and at the very early stages,  but when we have looked closely and cross referenced them they have very little grounding.

Then again the opposition we must thank because it made little sence to the bed that stood in front of us. It made us both more determined to do due diligence on both the physical and Cadwalader paperwork which survived.

This is a article which takes you through the basic travelling time we had from first seeing and knowing about the bed from a photograph published in 1910 to the  auction through the restoration and then the science and paper-trail . 

This magazine is a must for all Students and Experts of American Period Furniture.

Lookforward to opening the John Cadwalader bed debate further please see the link below