Posted by Ann on August 20, 1997 at 01:33:23:
I am curious about the construction of period matresses (don't ask me why! :-). I imagine that they would have varied widely from rich families to poor ones. Perhaps simple cotton mats among the poor, to full feather beds for the wealthy. With feather beds, would there have been any support structure beneath the feathers? Were beds made in standardized sizes? Would there be a matress maker in the area who made the things?
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