A most unusual cast iron and brass bed! I wish I knew the history of this antique bed because the castings are very different than most beds.
The castings which are on the side posts appear to be symbolic bundles of wheat sheaves. The rest of the castings on the top and bottom of the
vertical iron rods all have what looks like a '+' sign. I don't know the significance of this sign but have not been able to find other beds
which incorporate it. I purchased it from the owner of a church built in 1835 who acquired the restored building several years before and said
that this bed was left behind by a prior owner.
There is a bronze (removable) casting of a cherub's face. The back is imprinted with the word 'Japan' which likely means it was made between 1921
and 1939. The cherub was added sometime after the iron bed was handmade around the beginning of the last century.
This bed would fit into many decorating themes, make a small bedroom feel larger and more airy and would hold its own in a large bedroom as well.
It definitely is a conversation piece.
Starting out as a 3/4 size bed (48") which was a popular size made at the turn of the last century, this bed has been stretched out to 60" and the side
rails have been lengthened to accommodate a modern day queen size mattress. Queen size beds did not become mainstream until the mid 1900s.
At the time this antique bed was made, the widest beds measured 54".
With the exception of the horizontal brass tubing stretching across the tops of the headboard and foot board, all the brass is original and shows its fair
share of dents, dings and scratches. One corner knob has a split on its 'neck.'
During the restoration process, this metal Victorian era bed had the old lead paint sandblasted off and replaced with a durable baked on lead free paint
in a gloss antique white finish.
This iron bed was handmade before the start of World War One. When the war started in 1914, production of cast iron beds dropped significantly because
iron was diverted for the war effort. After the war, metal beds were mass produced in aluminum, a much easier and lighter metal to work with.
Side rails and cross supports are included.
Bedding and accessories are not included.
Headboard: 51.5"; Foot board: 42"; Width: 60"; Drop: 15"
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
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