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Bed Key

Date: 1800 - 1825 | Identifier: Historic Hope Plantation
The bed key is a wooden tool to tighten ropes on bedsteads. In the 1800s, whole families often shared beds, especially in the wintertime. This stretched out the ropes that supported the mattresses. Tightening ropes was a weekly task. The accompanying video demonstrates the process and describes the object. more...
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