Take a look at this iron bed frame. It was made in the Pittsburgh Pa. back in the mid 1800’s. Yet it’s definite “Deco” design, which would not come into existence until introduced in Paris France in the 1920’s. The linear geometric lines of the Art Deco Period were not popular back in the Victorian period when iron beds were at their zenith.
So how is it a bed that had been designed in the 1840’s would have been much more appropriate for the styles that were being produced some 70 years into the future. Good question…….Obviously a designer had a vision way before it’s time.
I’ve had numerous antique iron beds that were made at a particular period in time, that did not correspond with the designs of that period and actually looked like they should have been made in the future.
The designs of metal beds have always reflected the times they were made in. Beds from the Art Nouveau period had beautiful sensual fluid lines that had never been seen before and held with societies more promiscuous times. Beds of the Art Deco period helped usher in the modern industrialization of manufacturing. Victorian beds reflected the beautiful scrolling and romance of the era. Throughout history, antique iron beds have told a direct story of the times they had been built.