photo by Hal Conroy

CHAMBER

In keeping with typical room-use of the period, the primary bedroom or “chamber,” as it was called in Mason's day, was located on the first floor of the house. Like the Little Parlor, this private space was less ornate than the public rooms on the first floor, although a lustrous emerald green finish on the woodwork and closet interiors enlivens the room. This color, applied toward the end of Mason’s lifetime, was considered highly desirable at the time. The windows, as with all the other first floor rooms, had pocket shutters which could be closed for privacy and to buffer the cold drafts. In addition, physical investigations of the woodwork surrounding the windows indicate that this was the only room in the house to have curtains during Mason’s lifetime. This is not surprising considering that the principle bed chamber in gentry houses was typically the one room most likely to have window curtains and these normally matched the bed hangings.

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