Posted 4 years ago
The back story of this bed is, that the man who sold me the bed's, uncle, was in the Army and went to Hawaii in the 1940's for the war. He was quite the collector and bought this bed, in fact the whole bedroom set, but this bed only remains, as upon his death others in the family took the other parts of the bedroom set which included a clothes cupboard . He had the bed shipped back here from Hawaii to San Antonio and it remained in his house as a guest room bed, rarely used as it is in pristine condition, I find no scratches or damage. I believe this man did purchase it in Hawaii as I found his obituary and it states he served in Hawaii in WWII, "taught at the Infantry school between WWII and Korea with later assignments in Hawaii with the 25th Inf Div" so the information I was given by the nephew who is 78 years old seems correct. I am trying to figure out this bed, it seems to be Eastlake with a Hawaii twist as there is the nuts or fruit design carved in, yet some air of Asian influence from the design too, and Hawaii is in the pacific rim area. What kind of wood this bed is made of... seems like it should be Walnut and Walnut burl, but coming from Hawaii the wood of choice back then would have been Koa and curly Koa panels, although looking at it, it could be either. The bed is 59" wide and the head board is 7 feet tall. It is very heavy and even has the slats. There is no makers mark but on one of the original slats is 5 numbers hand written in what appears to be black crayon. The side boards are beveled and 2 different sizes, I imagine the larger end goes into the front...there are the metal hooks to attach the sides to the head and foot boards, it has little, black, metal, cross pattern wheel type (but not wheels) things on the bottom feet. It has metal hooks to attach the sideboards to the head and footboard. The head board is 7 feet tall and 59 inches wide.