One of 25 berth beds from the first ocean-going steamboat The Phoenix New Orleans built in 1807 by John Stevens in Hoboken, New Jersey and operated in the first U.S. steamboat ferry service based in Philadelphia. This berth bed was one of the fittings for this vessel. The bed is crafted in the Federalist design style and features solid wood construction with fine brass inlay decoration and hardware. There are 3 drawers for storage beneath the seating and berth platform in front and faux drawer fronts with hardware on the three other sides. There is a contemporary spring insert that has been fitted to accommodate seating cushions or mattress as an elegant daybed. Hallmarked with a brass cartouche plaque, “The Phoenix New Orleans 1807” centrally displayed above the drawers.
This antique bed shows uneven fading along the left half of the back panel and also on the exterior side of the left panel caused by sunlight exposure over time to that part of the bed (see photos). The varnish is cracking and flaking, particularly on the left side (see photos). The back side of the back panel has large scratches (see photos).
There is a small crack in the wood on the left side near the bottom and some dull areas on the brass rails in places from hand wear (see photos). The brass inlay and the hardware are in good condition.
34" High x 81.75" Wide x 36" Deep
Built in 1807 by John Stevens in Hoboken, NJ, the Phoenix was launched in 1809 just shortly after Robert Fulton’s Clermont, the first steam powered boat. The Phoenix made nautical history as the first steamship to navigate ocean waterways and was part of the first U.S. steamship ferry service based in Philadelphia.
John Stevens, (born 1749, New York City—died March 6, 1838, Hoboken, N.J., U.S.), served to the rank of Colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He was a prominent American lawyer, inventor, and promoter of the development of steam power for transportation, especially railroads. His petition to the U.S. Congress resulted in the Patent Law of 1790, the foundation of the present U.S. patent system. In 1815, he received the first charter in the U.S. ever granted for a railroad. Stevens went on to found the Camden and Amboy Railroad and Transportation Company in 1830.
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