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BOX BED OR WAINSCOT BED

Box bed, Llanon cottage

exhibition number: Cottage 9

Next to the dresser is a wainscot, or box bed, with panelled head and foot and curtained sides to prevent draughts and provide privacy. The main frame is of oak with panels of carefully selected pine which shows few knots. The mattress of straw is supported on interwoven rope. There was once a skirt of fabric around the base. The ceiling panel was painted white or cream to reflect light from the candle or rushlight on the shelf.

A-Z COTTAGE

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