Judy Clarke donated this antique, which we think is most likely to be an outdoor cot. The framework is of wood and the side panels are of metal mesh, similar to that found in meat safes. There are three sections—the middle section can be removed to lower the interior space. There is a small puzzle in that it rolls freely on its wheels, but there are no handles to help in moving it. Our best guess it that it was designed to allow babies to enjoy the sun and fresh air while protecting them from flies and other pests.
We would be interest in hearing from anyone who remembers using—or being placed in—a similar type of cot. Or perhaps we’re on the wrong track and it was something else altogether ?