• Circa: 1880
• Period: Victorian
• Provenance: India
• Wood: Sissoo
• Fits a standard UK double size mattress (4ft 6” wide x 6ft 3” long)
• Luxury quality custom mattresses available
• Rich brown colour
• Single tier structure
• Drop down bar canopy
• Four elegant turned tapered posts
• Foliate carvings to crown
• Arched spindle headboard
• Turned footboard rail with turned spindles
• Moulded side rails & frame
• Stunning quality carvings
• Turned baluster legs
• Dismantles for easy transportation and access
• Original polish & patination
• Excellent original condition
• Muslin draping service available
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free-14 days UK returns policy
Here is a fine quality antique 4ft 6” wide Victorian colonial Raj four-poster bed, circa 1880, which will fit a standard UK double size mattress (4ft 6 wide x 6ft 3” long), in excellent original condition). The mattress shown in the photos is a standard UK double size mattress. The bed incorporates a single-tier structure, with a single carved floral panel crown, above an arched & moulded headboard, supported by a bank of turned spindles. The bed incorporates moulded side rails and rails to the head and footboard. To the bottom of the bed, the single-tier footboard incorporates multiple ring-turned spindles below a turned rail. Above the bed frame, four ring turned tapered posts support a “drop-down” bar canopy. The bed terminates on ring turned baluster legs. The superstructure lends itself to being dressed with romantic fabric drapes.
Retaining the original polish and patination, the bed boasts a rich dark red & brown colour, with a satin French polish finish. The bed is constructed of sissoo wood and has a superior structure. This Victorian four poster bed would look stunning in either a contemporary or traditional setting. It dismantles for easy transportation and we can supply good quality custom mattresses. This is a superior quality centrepiece for any bedroom and is ideal for those who prefer a wider bed.
The style of these beds dates from 1840 until 1947 (until Indian Independence). The beds were constructed for the British Raj, their families and the British Military in Colonial India. The beds were designed to collapse and be transported “flat pack” so could easily be moved whilst on military exercises and to their summerhouses in the hills. They were made when the Raj was at its height. The size, style and quality of the bed depict the status of the occupier or the military rank of the owner. They were made from the finest wood usually Mahogany, Teak or Sissoo wood (a member of the rose wood family).
Teak and sissoo wood were used extensively in the construction of these colonial four-poster beds because they had the advantage of only minimally expanding and contracting when exposed to extremes in temperature and humidity. They were resistant to woodworm, termites, and the occasional splash of seawater.
External Height = 197cm or 77½” or 6ft 5½”
External Width = 150.8cm or 59⅜” or 4ft 11⅜”
External Length = 213cm or 83⅞” or 6ft 11⅞”
Headboard Height (Including Crown) = 147cm or 57⅞” or 4ft 9⅞”
Headboard Height (Excluding Crown) = 115.2cm or 45⅜” or 3ft 9⅜”
Footboard Height = 83cm or 32⅝” or 2ft 8⅝”
Height from Floor to Top of Side Rails = 59.6cm or 23½” or 1ft 11½”
Side Rail Depth = 12cm or 4¾”
Maximum Mattress Opening:
Length = 196.5cm or 77⅜” or 6ft 5⅜”
Width (slats) = 134cm or 52¾” or 4ft 4¾”
This bed will fit a standard UK double size mattress (4ft 6” wide by 6ft 3” long). The mattress shown in the photos is a standard UK double size mattress.
This Victorian colonial four poster bed is in excellent original condition, which is commensurate with its age. Some nominal old use marks and age-related wear to the leading edges, but nothing significant considering the age of the item. The bed structure has been tightened and the frame has been French polished by hand in our workshop to a professional standard. The bed is constructed of solid sissoo wood and boasts a superior structure. The bed is well constructed, solid in joint and ready to use.
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