Answer to Name That Crap

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This piece of crap…

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Was used to tighten the rope on a child’s trundle bed in the late 1700’s -early 1800’s.

I know this because my husband bought that bed….

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And the tightening tool came with it. We took both pieces up to the Maine State Museum a decade ago and were told they were handmade primitives from a French Acadian area in northern Maine. The bed was deemed special due to the wheels, something not often seen.

The whole set up would have looked something like this…

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Not my picture, but you get the idea.

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19 thoughts on “Answer to Name That Crap”

      1. There are different designs. The one I saw had a loop of rope running through a hole in the side board, with a peg on either side and a rod going through the loop. You take the tool with the slot and twist the rod, tightening the rope. The pegs are slanted on top to allow the rod to slip over and catch on the back.
        This bed was made by a medieval re-enactor I knew. He had the bitchinest camp you ever saw. Sleep on this: This guy did this for fun.

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