Castings or “chills”, as they were referred to back in the 1800’s were the intricate design element that held the bed frames iron rods and tubing together. The quality and quantity of these castings are what establish a bed frames value and collectibility.

They were originally constructed with sand cast molds that were then poured with hot molten iron. The detail in the design of these castings was a good indicator how well the bed frame was constructed and the level of expertise of the manufacturer.  As then…… today also has much to do with the pricing and value of an antique iron bed frame.

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Large & Detailed
Interior Iron Bed Casting (15596 bytes)Detailed Iron Bed Casting 5 (22715 bytes)Detail Iron Bed Casting 4 (19363 bytes)Detailed Iron Bed Casting 6 (14328 bytes)
Small & Detailed
Detailed Antique Iron Bed Casting 3 (18281 bytes)Small Detailed Antique Iron Bed Casting (10714 bytes)Antique Iron Bed Simple Detailed Casting (18694 bytes)Antique Iron Bed Small Interior Casting (16770 bytes)
Small & Simple
Antique Iron Bed Small Floral Casting (8277 bytes)Antique Iron Bed Bullseye Target Casting (11687 bytes)Cast Iron Bed Small Simple Casting (8447 bytes)Antique Iron Bed Simple Casting (14296 bytes)
Corner Castings
Cast Iron Bed Corner Casting (10491 bytes)Antique Iron Bed Simple Casting (18311 bytes)Cast Iron Bed Detailed Corner Casting (13673 bytes)Antique Iron Bed Corner Casting (15751 bytes)