Outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…….Chicago has probably more historic background as it relates to iron beds in Chicago back in the 1800’s than any city west of the Mississippi.
There were numerous steel mills and steel producing factories in Chicago back in the 1800’s. So getting the materials that small independently owned foundries needed to build their antique iron beds was much easier being close to the manufacturing mills and factories.
The quality of beds that were being produced in Chicago and surrounding area was higher than those located in smaller cities and towns back east. Not quite sure why that was the case …..but it definitely was. Some of the fancier, higher quality frames I’ve ever seen or had in the past 40 years have come from pickers and dealers in the Chicago area.