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2.21: Cradle

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    cradle Cradle
    Norwegian-American
    Sever Syverson, 1855
    Wood (pine), metal
    Museum acquisition
    MHAHS 1992.036.0001

    Created in a distinct Norwegian style, this well-loved cradle has witnessed a long life as evidenced by its numerous repairs. The date 1846 is carved into its headboard. But this date differs from a 1920s photograph from the Society’s archives. A handwritten note on the back of the photo states: “This cradle was made in the year 1855 by uncle Sever Syverson at Black Earth Wisconsin.” Often times, family lore and family history present contrasting dates and stories.

    Syverson-cradle-4x6.4075-cr-1.jpg

    In about 1920, descendants pose with the cradle and another furniture piece handcrafted by Sever Syverson. MHAHS 4×6.04075.


    This page titled 2.21: Cradle is shared under a CC BY license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Ann Smart Martin (University of Wisconsin Pressbooks) .

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