Simple Yet Elegant

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…

Pagoda Iron Bed and It’s King Conversion

In the past forty years, I’ve never encountered a more prolific iron bed than that of the “Pagoda” . It’s name comes from the corner casting that resembles a oriental Pagoda. Coupled with Victorian scrolls, it’s a bed I’ve seen copied by at least half a dozen different foundries. Back in the 1800’s small independent…

Big Ole’ Brass Bed

Close to 40 years ago I started buying and selling antique brass beds. It was purely a part time hobby that turned in to a career I’ve been doing the better part of my life. Although I now specialize in iron beds from the same period of time in the 1800’s. I started in brass…

French Campaign Beds

One of the most utilitarian iron beds ever made was the “campaign bed”. “Campaign’s”  derivation comes from a series of military operations intended to achieve a particular objective, confined to a particular area, or involving a specified type of fighting, an organized course of action to achieve a particular goal. These “campaigns” as they were…

A Yellow Beds Origin

Yellow is sunshine. It is a warm color that, like red, has conflicting symbolism. On the one hand it denotes happiness and joy. but on the other hand yellow is the color of cowardice and deceit. Yellow is one of the more popular colors being used on iron beds back in the 1800’s. Because of the high visibility…

Four Poster Not Canopy Beds

This was not a new idea – the Romans used beds, which they could fold and carry easily – but for some unknown reason the fashion never caught on until the 1851 Great Exhibition. A’ French’ double iron bed from Birmingham was selling at the rate of 400 per week in 1849,  and shot up…

Transition Period Beds

In history, there was a definite “transition period” where the design of iron beds changed radically from the ornate, detailed castings, and scrolled Victorian lines…….. to a much more “stream-lined” less decorative. Three of the more distinct “innovations” to help usher in the Industrial Revolution, and that were closely linked to it, were Textiles and…

Iron Beds & Flowers A Perfect Pairing

The use of the symbolic meaning of flowers on iron beds and particularly in their detailed castings to represent emotions was developed to a high degree during Victorian times. Due to the strict protocol of the times, emotions, wishes and thoughts were not openly expressed between men and women. Instead, subtle things like bed designs…

Iron Beds & The Oscars

Over the years I have been very fortunate, largely because of where we are locate, to have come in contact with quite a few people in the entertainment industry. In that period of time we have sold iron beds to more celebrities than I can remember. The fun thing about watching the Oscars is seeing…

Iron Beds on Yahoo

Over the years I have found more of my beds appear on Yahoo than I could have possibly believed . It amazes me where the photo’s come from or how they get indexed. But every time I do a random “search” for iron beds or antique iron beds, I find photo’s of beds I’ve done…