Even though not difficult to find in Fallo's attics, this object is rather unusual. It is, as the title indicates, an old cradle (la cùnele). Simply constructed, probably by the town's carpenter who followed a rigid personal standard: all the cradles, in fact, were alike. The one shown here is very much "used" probably because it belonged to a large family (rather common for that time). To facilitate the cradle's rocking with one foot, the cradle rests on two "half moons" attached to the bottom of it. Even though impractical and difficult to transport, the cradle often was not in the bedroom next to the parents' bed, but in any other place in the house where housework could be done while keeping an eye on the infant and rocking him if necessary. Just like a modern baby stroller.


The attic