This antique iron and brass bed frame came to us from the western end of Pennsylvania. Its from the mid-1800’s. We converted it from its original double/full size to the modern king size you see in the photo. We never redesign an original……we only add what would have been intended, had king size been offered back then.
Striving to maintain the original design of an antique iron bed from the 1800’s, even though new pieces are being added to accommodate a larger size mattress, is our way of showing respect to the craftsman and foundries that produced these beautiful works of art. They weren’t simply pieces of furniture to elevate and hold a mattress. They were intended to bring the owner a moment of pleasure every time they were seen. Pride in ones craftsmanship was alive and well back in the 1800’s……with some, more so than others. But thats why there were a countless number of different styles and designs throughout the period when iron beds were at their most popular. Every small independently owned foundry, was looking to come up with a new design that the public would fall in love with. Some designs were so popular, like the “Wedding Band” and the “Tulip”, that every small foundry had their own rendition of it. Over the years, I’ve come across a dozen variations of each one of those designs. Some times the only difference were the detailed “chills”, or castings, as we refer to them today.
So if you’d like us to do a king conversion for you, after selecting one of our original old antique doubles, don’t expect us to add a little something here and a little something there, to as you might think “enhances” the original design. Lets respect the past…….not reinvent it.
Hope you have enjoyed this article and you’ll take the time to go back to our website and see what we can offer you, here at Cathouse Antique Iron Beds.