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What furniture period is this bed frame from?

Asked by lilikoi (10079points) April 13th, 2010

this bed frame?

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YARNLADY's avatar

It’s very difficult to tell from the pictures. The type of wood, and any markings would be important clues. However, the style looks very straight forward, like you see in the Mission Style first seen in the 1700’s, but still very popular today.

dpworkin's avatar

From the photo it looks like machine-made 1930s veneered-wood furniture by a generic maker. I wouldn’t call it antique, and it’s not really sophisticated enough to have a “style” other than “Grandma’s Bedroom”.

partyparty's avatar

I agree with dpworkin – 1930’s. It might be made from oak, or an oak veneer. It doesn’t look as though it is hand crafted.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

I agree with @dpworkin. “Mission” furniture made its appearance at the turn of the century, with the Arts and Crafts movement. The slats are typical of the Arts and Crafts, but the detailing on the slats, is much more cottage looking, and would place it post-arts and crafts. The way the sides are constructed, it’s made to take a manufactured mattress and a box spring.

wundayatta's avatar

It looks missiony to me, too.

anartist's avatar

Looks like watered down 1960s take-off on many styles—no-style —the plainness suggests a bit of missionary maybe, The back panel some beds that were made around 1910–1930, but the 2 decorative verticals on the headboard suggest a flavor of a heavier style like “Spanish Influence.” The give-away would be the bed frame side supports. Hard to tell here, no detail.

breedmitch's avatar

It looks nothing like mission style furniture.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

It has some influences of Morris and Stickley, but in a simplified mass-produced way. Anywhere from 1920s to 1970s but of no collector value.

lilikoi's avatar

GA everyone. Thank you! I was thinking 1930s too. The wood is oak (per the description that came w/ the image that I didn’t include in the post). The two decorative verticals confused me, and made me think it wasn’t mission but I am googling spanish influence now :) The frame that is with it is cast iron stamped Vono (an English company, but that’s all I know about it). That pretty much dates it to pre-steel, whenever that was…

EdMayhew's avatar

@lilikoi We’ve had steel for a seriously long time the bed probably doesn’t pre date it…

Vono started out in the late 1900s, it was a pretty large manufacturer so it’s unlikely that the bed will be rare or valuable. Date wise, I’m in agreement with the 1930’s bunch, but they were producing that kind of crap design way into the seventies so it’s impossible to be absolutely certain.


lilikoi's avatar

I know we have had steel basically since the beginning of time….I didn’t mean that it pre dates the discovery of steel, rather that it predates specifically the use of steel for bed frames. Modern bed frames are made of steel. No one uses cast iron anymore as far as I know… It’s heavier and not as strong so I’d call it inferior to steel in this application. But I was thinking at some point in history, cast iron bed frames must have been popular and ubiquitous (honestly, this is the first time I’ve seen or heard of a cast iron bed frame), and if so that definitely occurred before the popularization of the use of steel in bed frames which is what I grew up with in the 1980s…

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I also agree with @dpworkin, 1930’s probably walnut veneers which were very popular and this style would have been an affordable mid range as you would find in a modern day Levitz type store.

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