1860 Handmade Rope Bed Tightening Tool MaineFarmFind

Antique handmade & hand carved wooden rope bed tightening tool used on beds from about 1840 to 1880's. Maine , 1860, possibly earlier. Guaranteed old and original; this is not a fake or reproduction. Actual weight 2 1/4 lbs. 17 3/8" long, by 14" wide at the handle and 2 1/4" thick. Handmade and hand carved wooden rope bed tightening tool used on beds from about 1840 to 1880's. Times change on the farm and we offer the old tool to tighten bed ropes on a "rope bed", so called. Once the bed frame was assembled, rope was strung in a net formula and then "tightened" with this tool to not only hold the bed together but also to form a firm support for "the mattress". That last is in quotes because what we think of as a mattress today is a far, far design transition away from what was "THE MATTRESS" during the Civil War. The combination of sagging rope and a sagging "the mattress" is often dutifully recorded by travelers. A bed could become a hammock when the rope was loose. This tool, applied by twisting the rope and tying the twist tightened rope off, at various spots around the bed... and with considerable regularity... was a domestic task (read necessity) that has vanished from our society. Today a sagging mattress is treated with the phrase "get a new mattress". Back then the rope was tightened and new straw was stuffed
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