Lion's Head Double / Full Bed-- D540

  • Lion's Head Double / Full Bed-- D540Lion's Head Double / Full Bed-- D540Lion's Head Double / Full Bed-- D540Lion's Head Double / Full Bed-- D540
    Lion's Head Double / Full Bed-- D540Lion's Head Double / Full Bed-- D540Lion's Head Double / Full Bed-- D540Lion's Head Double / Full Bed-- D540
    Lion's Head Double / Full Bed-- D540Lion's Head Double / Full Bed-- D540


    It's an understatement to say that this is an incredible antique cast iron full size bed frame!

    Lions looking front, back and sideways as if to keep guard in all directions at all times. The headboard is quite tall so they have a good view!
    Many of the other castings incorporate Fleur-de-Lis imagery.
    When antique cast iron beds first became popular, some men felt they were too dainty and frilly. In response, some manufacturers tried to make the beds more masculine by using animal castings and using wider than usual iron rods. Regardless of this, the beds were are considered light and airy compared to the dark wooden furniture that had been in use.

    The pewter color reflects the natural color of iron after the sandblasting process. It has been covered in a satin finish clear coat powder which is baked on. During the cooling process the vertical iron rods and tubes cool at a different speed than the castings. This results in a beautiful warm sheen on the castings. Computer monitors may distort the color, but it is a mid to darkish silver/gunmetal.

    If you look closely you can see remnants of the original sand molds used in the casting process. There is also some original pitting of some of the lion manes'. The lion faces in the center of the headboard and foot boards, show a bit of whimsy in their design. Together, these add a lot of charm and character to this ornate Victorian style full iron bed frame.

    You will notice that there is a small dip in the center at the bottom of the foot board. I'm not sure if this happened when it was handmade before World War 1 or if it happened later in its life. I suspect it was at the iron foundry because the rod connecting the lion head at the top of the foot board is slightly off vertical yet no cracks or stress marks appear in the castings.

    The war ended the era of iron beds because it required all iron to be diverted towards the war efforts.  After the war, similarly styled beds were mass produced on assembly lines and were constructed from aluminum a metal that was much easier to work with.

    If you want to use an extra long double mattress or a queen size mattress, let us know and we will be happy to lengthen the side rails. The queen mattress would extend over the side rails by 3" on each side, but because of the flared tubing on both headboard and footboard the size discrepancy would appear almost non-existent.

    Side rails and cross supports included.

    Bedding and accessories not included.

    Headboard: 63"; Footboard: 45"; Width: 54"; Drop: 14"


    Please note that free delivery is for curbside/loading dock delivery only. 



    If you are interested in purchasing this antique iron bed or have any questions, please call or text David Lowry at 905-999-1195 or Helena Cronshaw at 905-806-7909. We would be happy to supply more pictures or a short video clip and answer any questions you may have. 

    If you live in the vicinity of the Greater Toronto Area, we would love to have you visit our showroom which is only about an hour away. We have 150+ antique cast iron beds of all sizes: single or twin beds, ¾ size beds, full / double beds, queen size beds, king size beds, and headboards in all sizes. You can set up a day and general time frame using the ‘Book Online’ feature at the bottom left of this page or text, call or email us.








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