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I am wondering if anyone has seen anything like this before. It seems to be something like an antique cot. If anyone has any ideas I would be most grateful.

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PLEASE!
Hold your phone the other way so we don't have to break our necks looking at your pictures.
 

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My first impression was that it is a very, very old casket truck, used in a church or living room when they display the deceased. But it doesn't seem to have any wheels, and it looks like the finals in the end posts are above what would be the two needed support rods on each end. Still, with narrow pine coffins, it might be a coffin holder, which would not need wheels.

The other option would be a very, very old baby crib. A mattress would go on top of the canvas. But that is just a guess.
 

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I don't rightly know but it is a neat idea for space saving. If it is small like it looks, it could be a fold up crib.
 

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Thanks guys for the ideas and sorry Don it's a new phone and seems to do things differently to the old one!

The casket truck is something I would never have thought of in a million years and indeed is a possibility, the piece has come from an collection of old Australian heritage wares at the Australian Pioneer Village; http://www.theaustralianapioneervillage.com.au/village_buildings_24.html

It is in at my woodworking club for some restoration but nobody wants to touch it until we have some background on what it was.

Cheers again David
 

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This type of furniture is called campaign furniture, or sometimes under canvas campaign furniture.It was used by officers during the wars (napoleonic etc) and beyond Boer wars too. These pieces could easily be taken out into the field, and set up and removed quickly, in the tents officers used.They had footmen and servants who did all of their menial tasks.Including washing their muddy boots all other cleaning laundry etc.Also helping them with choosing clothes for parades everything had to be very well turned out, and the footmen took a great pride in their work. For more on this type of furniture see here Alistair

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=campaign+folding+war+furniture&biw=1006&bih=467&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Bg9IVObTDoXW7gau3YHoDw&ved=0CCAQsAQ
 

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Talented family mate, you must be very proud.
I have a friend that lives across the road who has Parkinsons also, he is in the same woodworking club as me and now just works with pyrography which he loves. I am so glad you are coping with it and are still able to get into the workshop to do what you enjoy.
Best wishes to you and your lovely family.
David
 

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If that thing is as old as it appears and with information provided here, don't do anything to it! According to "Antiques Roadshow", a TV program here in the U.S., you diminish the value of it by refinishing/restoring. Just leave it as is and it'll be worth a great deal more.

Just my 2 cents.
 

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Calling that campaign furniture is a bit misleading because it's way too small for an adult and the cross sticks would break under the weight of anything other than a small child. My guess based on your location would be it was brought over by a British family during the day for use on a plantation or farm and it was easily put away between babies. I doubt that it's worth much (a kid could put an eye out on those poky parts) so i say if someone wants it restained or whatever have at it.
 
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