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Posted 2 years ago


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This was a case of a deal too good to pass up. I saw this in an auction flyer. It didn't have rails, but the bed was well over 54" wide, so it was desirable in that it could fit a standard full size mattress. Many early beds are too narrow and will require a 3/4 or special made mattress-- something to KNOW if you are in the market for an antique bed!

I left a very low bid and the auctioneer promised to deliver it to my area for $20.

I ended up the high bidder at about $100.

I paid about $200 for the wood rails and refinish job. The guy who did the work for me wanted to buy it!

The bed ended up in my oldest daughters room. She is away in college, so I was able to take a few shots. Before this bed, I only had cannon ball post beds-- it was nice to get something different.

While I purchased this about 15 years ago, bargains still abound in the antique furniture market.

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  1. Aimathena, 2 years ago
    Very detailed posts
  2. Aimathena, 2 years ago
    Very detailed *bed* posts. Very pretty.
  3. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks aim-- they are hand carved. When I look closely I can easily see variants in leafs and on the posts.

    Kind of like on a cannon ball bed-- usually if you hold the posts in your hands you will detect a difference in size that may not be readily visible. This is another indicator of hand carving.

  4. Aimathena, 2 years ago
    That's the best part in my opinion
  5. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking moonstone.

  6. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 2 years ago
    lol 1830s
  7. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Pls share your expertise-- based on your "antique" furniture, it is clear why you wouldn't understand.

  8. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking vetraio!

  9. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
    Nice looking bed. I like the pineapples better than those darn cannon balls. Although turning a cannon ball is quicker and easier.
  10. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks fhrjr2. I debated over a refinish on it, but the old finish was really bad and I knew my wife wouldn't want it in the house.

    The pinapples certainly stand out a little more than the cannon ball posts.

    The first antique bed that I ever bought was a cherry cannon ball rope bed, so I still like them alot.

  11. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking leah.

  12. toolate2 toolate2, 2 years ago
    Did you refinish it yourself? Looks great...
  13. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks toolate. No-- I had a professional strip and refinish.

    It looks better in person-- not as shiney or new looking.

  14. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking inky.

  15. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking charcoal.

  16. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Amazing condition for it's age!
  17. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks david. It is hard to believe that it is approaching 200 years.

    With the exception of the attachment for the modern built rails it has NO screws or nails in it. It is a great example of early wood joining.

  18. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks majestic and official.

  19. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks for looking havenrain.

    If you have an interest in antique furniture, take a look at my other posts that include-- an 1830s pineapple post bed, 1850s secretery and an 1860s Wardrobe.

  20. scottvez scottvez, 1 month ago
    Thanks tom and david.

  21. scottvez scottvez, 15 days ago
    Thanks smiata and kiva.


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