Dating an antique brass bed

.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... There were three primary size iron beds being produced back in the 1800’s.

Original or properly fitting rails will offer a snug, tight feel with little movement of the headboard.

Poorly fitted rails will present a severe wobble in the head and footboard that only gets worse when you get into the bed.

What better way to define a beautiful old antique iron bed.

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"Wage warfare against wooden beds and you wage it against one of the greatest disease-breeders of the present day.

No dust nor germs nor vermin can find lodgement in an iron bed." So was the cry heard from the iron bed makers in the late 1800's.

Parts were slotted together, held in place by tension or by bolts, their ends concealed by screw-on decorative knobs or the like. Mattress-frames Were initially interwoven flat metal straps bolted to angled side rails; but by 1900 various wire mesh and spring arrangements were being hooked to the rails through small holes.

The value of authentic, antique beds made with brass frames is high. Antique brass beds, once they appeared in America at the New York World's fair in 1853, became popular in the United States almost overnight.

Should centuries-old advertising or sanitation problems play a part in the purchase of your antique iron bed? But there are a few important details you do need to consider.

Iron beds are created as a stylized arrangement of tubes and rods all held together by highly crafted pieces of cast iron known as castings.

Most handmade pieces will show some irregularities to the surface such as minor nicks indicative of a hand plane being used to smooth out the wood, and this is sometimes even more evident on the back than on the finished front surfaces.

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