This collection of antique beds from the Victorian era represent the lavish and elaborate furniture designed for the elite of Victorian society. These beds were featured in the Great Exhibition of 1851.
The first bed is a four-post brass bedstead (1851) in the renaissance style designed by R.W. Winfield, manufacturers of traveling and house bedsteads. Winfield’s had showrooms on Cambridge Street Works, Birmingham and on Fleet Street, London.
An ornamented iron bedstead (1851) by Tonkin, James of Oxford Street highlights an Italian design.
Cowley & James featured this iron bedstead (1851) at the Exhibition.
A portable ornamental cot in brass was another bedstead featured by R.W. Winfield. Portable bedsteads could be adapted for use in camp or for traveling, and was especially suited for officers in the Army and Navy.
An iron four-post bed (1851) with massive pillars of taper iron-tubing; the head and foot rail was japanned to correspond with a suite of papier-mâché furniture also exhibited at the Exhibition. This metallic bedstead was designed by Peyton & Harlow.