Value of an Antique Bed?

June 11, 2020

Value of an Antique Bed? - headboard and flat spring assemblyI'm in a similar position to most, I have a bed here, but am not sure which year it was made. It was left when I brought my house. I"m wondering if there's a rough evaluation anyone can help with or shall I just take it to the tip (dump), I have no space and am looking to get rid of it asap!


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It is almost impossible to date things like this...I would guesstimate it is 1940s-1960s. Coil springs started in the 1800s, but this looks much more machines and "newer" but I can't eyeball all of the contruction points, types of screws etc.

It looks like Mahagony or Cherry---but not being able to see in person makes that ID a challenge also.

I can't make out what the stencil is of...a rooster? Flower basket?

Bed frames for twin beds are valued all over the place and that it looks so sturdy and usable, I would not dump it, but would try to sell it in a local venue.

Since I don't know where you are located (furniture sales are so regional that I can give you some general guidance).

I would do one of two things--easiest, take it to a local consignment or antique shop (even though I doubt it is an antique--over 100 years old), but they can sell it for you or buy it outright and they will give you 1/4 to 1/8 of what retail is for such pieces in your area.


This is the easiest solution and as a long time reseller what I do with furniture, because I don't want the muss and fuss of people coming to my house (esp now in the virus world).

If you are game for selling Facebook marketplace and don't care about people coming to your house, you can list it in one of your local (for pick up) Facebook groups. There are many local sale want trade (SWT) or flea market groups on my Facebook for my neighborhood. Start it high and take best offer. By high I mean like $200 and take best offer, which may be as low as $10.

Or if flea markets are open, take it there.

Post back how your sale goes. It is a really lovely piece and I feel that someone may by it just for the wood to repurpose even if not buying it to use as a bed. The wood is gorgeous!

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Unless you can find some sort of name or other information on the back of the bed it is very hard to determine the age or even who has made this bed frame. I feel that this is a good frame and someone could use it if they needed it. I know you'd like to get rid of this and there are several ways you can do this. One you can list this on Craigslist as a free time or even a paid item. You can ask basically any price you wish for this and could start off as low as $25 and go all the way up to $150 or so.


I would try to sell this locally. I know a lot of people will set items like this out in their front yard and put a sign on it for free. This is yet another way to dispose of this item. You can also try and take some really good images to an vintage or antique furniture shop in your area and see how much they would offer you for this bedframe.

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September 10, 2018

I am trying to find out how much this bed might be worth. Any suggestions?

Value of Antique Bed - ornate headboard
Value of Antique Bed


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Excellent pictures but there are so many variables that only a true antique person could place a value on a bed like this.

Everything about the bed would mean something to someone familiar with furniture like this but for most members of this site, they would not be searchable and that is how we would have to determine value - mostly with finding same or very similar sold items.


I would suggest you pay a $17 fee and ask Barneby's for an appraisal as they have experts available that know antiques.

If you decide to do this be sure to include any information you have about the bed (provenance) as well as measurements and pictures.

There are some free appraisal sites but you can Google and find several of those.

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For me, setting a value is going to be a bit of a challenge without a maker or a year. You could (to learn more):

-- take it to an antique dealer and ask him/her to give you an insurance value and some history on the piecewhich would tell you what it is worth in your area. If you ended up selling it to them you would not be getting the value, but would be getting what they want to pay so they can mark it up to the value price and make a profit


--talk to a consignment shop and see what they would sell it for and if they know any history on it (knowing they sell it for you they will take a percentage of the sale)

--use the genre method to set a price...but know this is really not the best method as some sellers are overly ambitious and want big bucks for something worthless and others are trying to close an estate and are asking penny's on the dollar for something valuable. Without a true apples to apples match of something that someone sold, you cannot know the true market value today.

As an example of doing a genre search...I put the term ornate mahogany bedroom into eBay and came up with this auction:

I personally think this seller is overly ambitious, but you never know if someone MUST HAVE this item, they will pay the price!


You can do that same search in Google and see if you can find similar sets on Craig's list or Facebook Marketplace and what they are asking and that can help you set your value (price to sell).

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December 30, 2021

I just bought this bed. Headboard and footboard only. Looking for information about this, what do the side rails look like and what is it worth. Thank you for your help. It looks like it's cherry wood but has some darker tones also.

The headboard is 6 foot tall and the footboard is 4 foot tall. Let me know if I can help with any other questions. I don't see any stamp name or any other markings to help.

A wooden headboard.
Close up of a wooden headboard.
Close up of a wooden headboard.
Close up of a wooden headboard.
An antique bed post and connector.


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Beautiful piece. Is it a twin or a double? A twin is easier to sell than a double or a twin and a half...or you might hear them called 3/4 size bed...that old, odd size is almost impossible to find a mattress which makes them lose value for that reason alone.

What you have appears (I have to say this because I am not in front of it and going just by photos which can always be misleading) to be an Eastlake style (not necessarily an actual Eastlake--which sadly in most cases were not marked so there is always that chance). Charles Eastlake furniture designs were made from the mid to late 1800s and are considered a type of Victorian furniture.

The bars on the piece do NOT appear to be barley twist so please do not use that term in your advertisements if you are selling it. That will mislead buyers. I could be wrong, but I see no twists in the photos.

There are many, many, many articles on Eastlake and Eastlake style out there so if you put it into your search engine, you can find lots of valuable info. Stick to sites like Koval's, Worthpoint, and maybe, Dr. Lori.

Do not rely on sites like eBay or any resale site to learn about Eastlake/Eastlake style because most cases people use the term as a "spam" phrase to make their piece hit high in the algorithms.

The only way I would use those sites for learning if the can produce original documentation of what they have like a bill of sale delineating what it is or an newspaper clipping with the item matched in it--which happens sometimes, but is very rare.

There are many "homage" pieces to Eastlake. Note--this does not mean fakes--but pieces made by real companies in the style of the true Eastlakes. It would take an expert in Eastlake to be able to tell if yours is an original or an homage piece.

Homage pieces are from the same time period through recent times, although clearly from the connectors yours appears to be at least an early 20th century piece, if not one from the late 1800s. It is very difficult to tell from pictures--so this is my best assessment from what I can see.

As to value--I can tell you from my most recent experience with pieces like this as a reseller (which was 2018 and the market has not changed much since then). These pieces are gorgeous and on paper can be quite valuable...BUT...value is in the region and in the supply and demand and it means having someone be willing to pay what a piece of paper or book says it is "worth".

I had an Eastlake-style bedroom set I was trying to sell in Pittsburgh a few years ago and sadly I could not give it away. I ended up fetching about $300 for the set (a 3/4 size head and foot board, dresser, and night table). I was devastated. Had I been in NYC or many markets or had the time and energy to get it to a real auction house, I may have fetched more, but time is money and I didn't have that luxury.

Hopefully if you can get your piece in the right setting (you will need to take it to an antique dealer to see if it can be determined more on the provenance and value in your town), you can fetch what it may be seen to be worth on "paper" (anywhere from $200 to $1,500--more if it can be authenticated to be an actual Eastlake).

Post back how your sale goes and what you learn!! Thanks for sharing!

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August 5, 2022

How much should I realistically ask for this exact bed? I don't want to overprice. It is in excellent condition, original blue prints and hardware, no scratches or dings.

An advertisement for a bed.


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This is a canopy bed.

A canopy bed is an extraordinary bed that consists of a canopy. The bed is popular for its unique design where curtains can be hung. Originally the tradition of having a canopy and curtains was to keep the bed warmer but most of them are used for decoration purposes these days. As time went by these beds came in popularity and many of the fancy bed curtains started being made.

Until the time of the 16th century, almost all of the canopy beds that could be seen were carved bed frames. These beds are made from carved metals and carved woods. Until 1911 the canopy bed was one of the most necessary pieces of furniture in any household in China. Similarly, the canopy beds that we can see today are of two types traditional and contemporary.

Estimated price of a similar Baker King Size Mahogany Canopy Bed, carved posts and canopy, height 87 inches, width 86 inches is $800 - $1,200.

I found an absolutely exact bed: 

Baker Furniture inlaid walnut tester bed

It was sold for $800.

Provenance: Columbia, South Carolina private collection.

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October 11, 2022

How old is bed and what's it worth?

A wooden bed frame.
A wooden bed frame.


October 22, 20220 found this helpful

This is a vintage traditional twin or single size mahogany poster bed.

This Twin or Single Vintage Mahogany Poster Bed sold for $595:

This one sold for $895:

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