John Bradstreet Schuyler's flamboyant style.] However, within the 18th-Century, there was very little privacy, even in wealthy households where space was not an issue. It was not uncommon for the boys to lose their bed (singular, as it was common for young people to share a single bed with 2-4 other people), or even give up their room to guests. Mattresses on the floor represent one possible location for the boys as guests took over the beds.
The two “travelling beds” or "field beds" on display are of a style popular with wealthy travelers and high-ranking military officers, who would bring such beds and mattresses with them on long trips and out onto the campaign trail. The rope net under the mattress made it possible to disassemble the bed, which could then collapse and fit into a wagon. In the home, the labor of setting up and breaking down the beds, aided by the T-shaped bed key, visible on the left-hand mattress, fell to the enslaved servants of the family who would also be responsible for carrying luggage.
|This mezzotint image shows a young girl, Charlotte|
Mercier, playing with a "bilbo catch" style of cup and ball toy.
As You Exit:
You will pass through the Salon
The door to your left along this wall is the Yellow Chamber
Diagonal from this room is the Green Chamber
Right will bring you downstairs to the Back Hall
Dining Chamber (Downstairs)
Central Hall (Downstairs)
Formal Parlor (Downstairs)
Family Parlor (Downstairs)