Cultural Objects, Furniture
Altizer Rope Bed
Associated Person: Aaron Altizer
PlacesWhite Rock (Indian Valley District)
- Width of headboard: 54 inches
- Height of headboard: 48 inches
- Width of footboard: 54 inches
- Height of footboard: 44 inches
The headboard of this bed has an upper board with semicircular cutouts on the sides, inserted into turned posts. The posts are topped by turned finials. A separate lower board has six evenly spaced holes drilled for lacing a rope from it to the footboard. The footboard features a turned decorative post with a middle and lower board complementing those on the headboard. The wooden side rails also have holes drilled for the rope. Rope would be laced or woven into a grid that would support the bedding and persons sleeping.
Aaron and Ada Altizer owned this bed. Family members did not know who had made it but said it had always been in their family home.
Keeping the rope lacing taut on these beds is a challenge. The “rope key” shown at left is part of the Old Church Gallery collections but did not come from the Altizer family.