This little doll cradle belonged to Cornelia Stabler Miller of Alloway, a home near Sandy Spring. Cornelia (Corrie) was born in 1854 to Warwick and Mary Moore Miller. The cradle is made of wood, painted a dark red, with a nice little canopy and two rockers. The donors – Corrie’s daughter and grandson – indicated that it was “for” her, but it’s not clear if they meant “made for,” “purchased for,” or something else.

The cradle contains a small blue-striped mattress, and a cradle-sized linen sheet. (In this photo it also contains a baby doll, as it is currently on display in the museum, but the doll will have to wait for another blog post.) The sheet is very nicely finished, with hemstitching along one end, and is marked in ink: D.B. 1889.

Cornelia Miller married Charles F. Brooke, also of Sandy Spring, and their daughter Dorothy was born in 1886.  The event was recorded in the Sandy Spring Annals for 1886 (Volume II): “Second Month [the Quaker way of noting February], 24th.  Dorothy Brooke, daughter of Charles F. and Corrie M. Brooke, was born.”  Dorothy’s initials on the doll’s sheet show us that the cradle was passed down to another generation. Perhaps Corrie made the sheet herself, or personalized one she had used for her daughter.

The cradle and its contents (along with several other items, mostly tools) were donated in 1971 by Dorothy Brooke Henderson and her son Robert. In his acknowledgment to Mr. Henderson, MCHS curator Robert Braunberg concluded, “As Curator, and personally, I am especially pleased with the wooden brace and the frame saw.”  Ah well, to each his own.

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