Thought I would post today about a misconception that seems to be making its way around antique and interior design circles in Brisbane and has done so for some time. I have fielded this question a number of times over the phone recently from curious customers and thought best to put the record straight to all of you who are interested and avid antique buyers.
It seems there is a belief that king size beds were not made in earlier centuries, and that large beds are therefore not genuine antiques. This is totally incorrect. Very large beds have been made for centuries now and one of the best examples for those that have not heard of it is 'The Great Bed of Ware' , a massive 3m wide, oak four poster bed which was made in 1590, and housed in the White Hart Inn in Ware, England and was designed to sleep up to 15 people at once.
It's certainly true that large antique beds are scarce relative to the number of antique double beds around, but it is totally incorrect to say there are none. Here are a couple of photos of genuine 19th century beds that we have in our shop, queens and kings and of course... the giant Bed of Ware!