It’s very easy to tell the popularity and collectability of an item by the number of reproduction of that item you see in the market place.
For all of you wine connoisseurs and vineyard owners…….here’s one of the more unique and collectible antique iron beds I”ve come across.
Few iron beds have the bells and whistles this one does. Made by the E. Simmons Co., that today makes a top line of mattresses. Iron beds of that time were in strong competition with the more expensive brass bed market.
A number of years ago I received a call from a “stylist” who said she was in need of a iron bed for an advertisement in a log cabin setting.
By far, the most popular antique faux’ finish we put on our iron beds is the Black Smyth.
Here is a “Before and After” king conversion photo of an iron bed we did for a client in Laguna Beach Ca. It was a bed we’d never seen before. So it must have been made in very limited numbers…..possibly only a few before the foundry decided not to make it any more ……or……it could…
The Two Tone Crackle finish is one that gives you an original finish for your iron bed that was being done by the manufacturer nearly 200 years ago.
As you may have learned form some of my earlier blogs, Pittsburgh was the center of steel production in tis country back in the 1800’s.
Most people have an image of large manufacturing companies that employed dozens, even hundreds of men, that produced iron beds back in the 1800’s.
As you may have read in my 2nd Blog entitled Origins of Cathouse Antique Iron Beds, the first iron beds I ever had, came in to my possession from a couple of farmers up in Pennsylvania.