Anyone know vintage of this? I have 2. This says "Knight" Ionia MI, the other no ID.
Thanks and best regards
It could be as late as thirties. I recently gave my step-daughter a similar bedroom set purchased in '35 by my In-laws when they were wed. I also have a set very similar in my master bedroom. Not sure of the vintage on that one, but it has the super-high headboard and I'm guessing 20s or before.
Could we see a picture of the posts, bedrails, feet, and the back of the headboard?
This one appears to be walnut. Our other one, slightly bigger is Ash or Oak. It also has larger and more elaborate side frames.
Yes, it looks like walnut to me, too. From the other photographs, I think this might be a mid-Victorian (1860-1880) piece. The bedrails are very Victorian -- later than this, the bedrail became much simpler. Could we have a close-up of the fitting at the end of the bedrail? It looks like it might be a thick iron "tab," which would also date the bed to this time.
This was not a high-style piece -- it is simpler than many of the overblown (but delightful!) furniture of the era. It has some elements of the Renaissance Revival style -- the arched top, the applied decoration, the curved corner on the footboard -- but is more cottage style. Much easier to live with these days, unless you live in an old mansion! However, that curved footboard can make it tricker to get a modern mattress to fit.
There is an early listing for Alex. Knight, Furniture, in the Ionia directory attached -- it's date 1872.
Here is a link that might be useful: Ionia directory 1872
Yes, the connectors are thick cast iron tabs and sockets in the headboard/footboard.
Thanks so much for the input.
A shot of the attachment socket from the headboard
Backside of the cast iron socket
We had a post earlier this year about beds and the matter of siderail extentions was brought up. Modern mattresses will not fit a 19th century bed so you have to find someone to make an extention like this, keep everything else original as possible.
Yes, on older...... and the tabs were a good input. I have had some luck with newer mattresses on the older beds, but the really new ones don't fit, especially with the demi-corbeille.
Thanks for input. Our other bed (we sleep in now) did not req. any mod. We ordered a spring/mattress from
sears that fit fine.