Most people think of antique iron beds in one of two ways…….either ultra fancy and scrolled or plain and Austere. Although many of them do fall within those style parameters , there are many that have a subtle yet elegant understated look……..as is the case with the bed in this photo.
True……there are many simple ones with next to no design sense. They are iron beds that have little to no character or style. But then there were foundries that did a beautiful job in creating incredibly simple designs that had a tremendous amount of character and uniqueness. This particular bed achieved that elegance with the outside perimeter. The French Curve coming up the side breaks up the straight vertical line that is common in most beds. The inset “claw foot” casting also elevates it status.
The size of the perimeter tubing on this bed also have given it a stronger more important look. Even though the outside perimeter is only an 1/8″ larger in diameter than most beds, it gives this one much more heft and substance. The inside solid steel rods are also over-sized ….. adding to it’s sturdy look. This particular ron bed is a third again as heavy as most . That not only has to do with the over-sized tubing and solid rod interiors…….but also the size of the castings used on a bed of this size and stature.
In 40 years of being in the business, this is only the second one of this particular bed I’ve ever seen. That means there weren’t that many manufactured……. or more would have survived.
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