Price was largely dictated by the amount of brass in the construction, the cheapest being all iron or iron with brass knobs and end-rails, the most expensive all brass. were in Birmingham, most notably Peyton & Harlow and R. Straightforward double-ended beds without drapery were increasingly common after 1875.
Designs were variable, generally not following contemporary fashions.
Four years later when the war ended, styles changed and production methods were being revolutionized... Hand made "one of a kind" items, such as iron beds, were no longer cost "effective" and became a thing of the past.
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.
First made during the 1820s, but not generally popular until about 1850.
Considered a hygienic alternative to wood, used by all classes. Some four-post brass beds were made, but most were half-tester or had curtains hung from side wings.
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.
"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.
Sometimes employing only a few people, these small foundries would take days to make one single iron bed frame.
The iron castings were always hand poured and were originated from sand cast molds.
The History of the Bed by “The Old Man” A bed is a large piece of furniture (or a location) used as a place to sleep, and as a primary place for relaxation and sexual activity.