Over the past thirty years I have actually come across three iron beds that have, what I consider to be, very Gothic overtones. One actually had a Satanic Rams Head casting that had a magnificent rams head casting at the top of the head and footboard. It was amazingly detailed. Which leads me to believe it had been poured in molds that had next to no use and very very limited in the amount of beds that were probably produced with those molds. This bed has crosses that are not your garden variety religious crosses. After researching the difference and finding numerous websites dealing in Gothic crosses, the following iron cross photo, that is being poured in a foundry in the New Orleans area bears a striking resemblance to that on this bed. It lets us know there was no social restrictions to the use of beds back in the 1800’s. It also lets us know there was an obvious Gothic following even back then.
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