Antique metal bed is a lovely addition to any room. For so far ancient iron beds, you have to be a detective. This process will involve interviewing witnesses, reviewing photographs, and identifying markings and symbols. Follow these simple steps to date an antique iron bed.
Read about antique iron beds. This will help you link specific styles and designs with specific time periods, special furniture movements, specific manufacturers and specific locations. Ask the owner if they know anything about iron bed. This can at least provide you with a date range and possible home base to work with. Take several photographs of the bed, including one from the front, the side and the back. You will also want to take close-ups of special details such as flourishes, golf leaves, gilding and identification marks and insignia.
Compare your photos to images in your reference books. Try to date antique iron beds by matching your photographs to a style of bed in your reference books. Examine the bed for date markings. Some manufacturers included a cast impression of their company emblem and a date. These can be used to date the bed. Examine the size of the bed. Most pre-19th century beds will be larger than singles. This is because people slept together to keep warm and to save money on decor. If you look at an antique bed that is a single and it also has a regular construction then chances are that it is not a pre-19th century bed. However, it can be older if the bed is a single and generously embellished.