Curtains for Field Bed
Identifier: Historic Hope Plantation
The hangings on the field bed match the window curtains in the Stone daughters' bedchamber, illustrating the fashion for en suite dressing of rooms in which textiles and upholstery all match. In a crowded room, bed hangings provided the only privacy. They also kept off cold drafts in the winter and bugs in the summer. Gov. Stone's 1819 inventory indicates that he owned a total of eight window curtains and two sets of bed curtains. Henry Potter bought two dimity curtains at Stone's estate sale for $1.00 each. more...