The Case for Cadwalader 

The case for Cadwalader is the article title in the new Vol II of Mortise and Tenon Magazine. It a journey through from how we went from a photograph in a book published in 1910 to restoring and then the roller coaster ride that followed.

Evidence up on evidence has been found both physically by being left by the craftsmen and the paperwork of the Cadwalader family held in The Pennsylvania Historical Society.

A lot has been said about the bed being English and cut down both are very much untrue with the timber analysis showing American timbers as the secondary woods.

Even the top of the bed post show clearly that they hve not been cut or aulter and showing hammered marks.

So with this and other evidence it been and all keep pointing to the lost John and Elizabeth Cadwalader bed but one new and very important find has happened.
Something so simple but is so compelling that it brings together a number of the rarest and most important furniture made in Philadelphia between 1768-71

1st is the Cadwalader games table in the PMA

Philadelphia Museum of Art

2 Fox and Grape High Chest 

Philadelphia Museum of Art

3 Richard Butts attributed carved games table sold in Sotheby’s Jan 2017.

Sotheby’s New York 2017

4 The Cadwalader bed

Without hangings

All plus one other piece have anomaly noth seen on other piece made inside or out side of Philadelphia. These marks are very rare and from a chip out of a plane iron blade. All time relevant and not all over the bed. Just the canopy.

Showing the markings
Showing the comparison with another piece of Philadelphia furniture that also not left American and in a private collection in the blue green colour and the brown taken from the bed. 

Clearly showing the rubbing that both sections of timber have been planed by the same man and his plane alone.

Evidence which cannot be questioned that helps put this bed and all the original components have been made in Philadelphia 1768-9.

 

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