There was no mention of whether the woman who received this bedroom set as a wedding gift from her husband survived her wedding night. The craftsmanship is excellent, but the symbolism is as misdirected as worm syrup on pancakes. This and many other unusual items are on exhibit in the NC decorative arts section of the Museum of History in Raleigh.
I was baffled when an older visitor to the museum stood next to me trying to explain for some time to her companion that these chains and hooks were clearly designed to hold mosquito netting in place over the bed. Her elderly lady friend cocked her head to the side and said, “Then why are they also on the armoire? Obviously they are for chaining female slaves to the bed.”
As a sculptor I know I will probably wind up with a few worm syrup pieces of my own but maybe seeing these things will help me laugh about my mishaps. I sure had a blast at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.