Few things, throughout history, have survived like that of iron beds. They seem to have an indestructible nature to them. Because they are made of one of the strongest and most durable materials known to man, it’s not that unusual to see beds in “aftermath” photo’s of natural disasters.
I have actually had customers that have gone through complete loss of their homes by fire and in the middle of all the rubble and ash sets the bed we sold them. Just waiting to be refinished with a new coat of paint.
I had a rather tragic set of circumstances befall a customer who originally bought three metal beds from me. One king size for him and his wife and two double size beds for his daughters. They lost everything in the Malibu fires of 2007. They said their insurance company was paying for the replacement of all the beds they had originally had gotten. Curiosity got the best of me and after the fires had been put out and my clients were now staying in a local rental, I drove up to take a look at what was left. The house had been leveled……..yet in the middle of the burned out home stood their iron beds, just as proud as could be. I disassembled them and told my client about it. They said to keep it. Which I did. The following month I refinished them and sold it to another customer. Talk about recycling …………. There’s nothing “greener” than antique iron beds.