A ground floor master bedroom was not unusual for the time. You will also notice that this House has been designed with closets, whereas many of this era were not and required wardrobes in bedrooms. The bedroom furnishings reflect the needs of a middle-class family.
For the gentleman, a "highboy" dresser on which to place a razor and toiletry accessories. The leather strop was used to keep a straight razor sharp. For the lady, a low mirrored dresser on which she would keep hair curling tongs, brushes, glove stretchers (for just washed leather gloves), boot button hook, hat pins and other toiletry items.
A lady's evening clothes lie on the bed ready for an outing to the opera or a concert. In the round leather box on the bed is a detachable collar for a man's shirt – the latter might last several days longer without laundering if a clean collar was added every day.
Notice the short bed, typical of the period. In the corner a baby bassinet is ready for the newest arrival, who would have slept in the parent's room for many months.
A chamber pot can be seen, as well as a wash basin and water jug on the washstand required until this House was hooked up to water mains in 1901. Evan after that, it had the drawback of only one upstairs bathroom for eight inhabitants.
Gustav Roedde's fashionable moustache in the portrait
The staged "studio" photograph of Gustav and Matilda – a courting photo using a "prop" boat (considered a romantic novelty theme)
Decorative porcelain powder box and hair saver