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Antique Victorian Cot, Rare Original Crib, Bed 1885. Surrey/Sussex/Kent Border

Antique Victorian Cot, Rare Original Crib, Bed 1885. Surrey/Sussex/Kent Border
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Antique Victorian Cot - Rare Original Crib Bed ‘The Universal Cot’ 1885

This is ‘The Universal Cot’ by the inventor Richard Cane, with its original hand-knotted latticed stringing, original heavy linen base and swivelling ceramic castor feet which are all free-moving. The underside of the linen base is stamped:


Attained the Highest Award at the Inventors Exhibition 1885. 





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This lovely, ingenious cot is COMPLETE and includes its canopy rod which holds the overhead drape. The canopy rod has its original, attractive, small brass-ball finish which screws onto the ‘top overhang’ end the rod and the other end has a brass & metal fixture that slots into the head-end of the cot. These canopy pieces are usually missing from cots of this model and age.

Strong turning pins lock into the top of the legs for an upright position.

The cot folds flat when not in use.

All in excellent working order.

The drapes and mattress are early sixties.

The 'lumpy' mattress may be useful as a template.

I have had this cot for 52 years and used it for my own 3 babies, however, these days it would be more suitable in a film, museum, a nursery for a treasured doll, as a shop window display or a collectors item.

This cot is seldom found complete and is of very special interest.

The linen base shows the mottled signs of having been damp and description saying'The Universal Cot' shown in photo is faded.

There is a slight bend in one of the legs which could be straightened; makes absolutly no difference to the whole cot; barely noticeable and only seen when the drapes are off.

Has been re-strung in places.

All the above are consistent with the age of this very beautiful cot.


Total Length 37"  (94 cm)

Total Width   18"  (46 cm)

Floor to Top Cot Rail Height  29.5"  (75 cm)

Floor to Top of Canopy Pole  59"   (150 cm)

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