As is well documented, the Art Nouveau period was peaking between 1890 and 1905…..well after the popularity of iron beds had been around and flourishing.
In the very early 1800’s the population in this country had become very accustom to and happy with wooden bed frames. When iron beds were first introduced to the public, they were strictly utilitarian and little ornamentation and design were offered. It didn’t take long for the small independently owned foundries in the Tr-State area…
Draping was a very popular design element, when it came to fancier iron beds.
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Iron Beds back in the 1800’s walked a fine line of trying to please both male and female family members.
The flexibility of decorating with iron beds is nearly limitless.
Small independently owned iron bed foundries were some of the first early cottage industries in this country.
In the early 1850’s Americans were caught up in excitement of expansionism and railroads would aid them in this movement.