Dating antique beds

When brass was added, for contrast and ornamentation to the iron, ours was thick and durable.European brass, once again, was very thin and susceptible to cracking and denting.

There were numerous small foundries in the East around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wheeling, West Virginia and as far west as Chicago, Illinois that took great pride in their own original designs.Most of the so-called Jenny Linds were simply spool, beds made popular by the Elizabethan Revival of spool tuned furniture in America 1825-1865 aided by the invention of the multiple cutting head lathe.The spool bed with the rounded shoulders appeared after 1850 and it is doubtful that Jenny ever saw one of those.Authentic antique iron bed frames have something that no newly made piece of furniture can offer.... From the days when Lincoln was in office and Billy the Kid roamed the wild west to when two brothers named Wilbur and Orville took to the skies at Kitty Hawk, and when President Woodrow Wilson announced our entry into the 1st World war, iron beds offered people the handmade craftsmanship and quality they had come to expect from their era.In 1914 the United States entered the 1st World War, bringing to a close the production of iron bed frames due to our countries overwhelming need of all available iron for armaments and the war effort.

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