• Circa: 1870
• Period: Victorian
• Provenance: India
• Wood: Sissoo
• Maximum mattress opening: 6ft 2⅛” wide by 6ft 6⅛” long
• Will fit a standard UK super king size mattress (6ft” wide x 6ft 6” long)
• Luxury quality custom mattresses available
• Single tier structure
• Protruding moulded canopy
• Four elegant barley twist carved posts
• Floral carved crown with lion and unicorn carvings
• Moulded arched headboard top rail
• Foliate pierced fretwork panel to centre of headboard
• Floral pierced fretwork carved panels & turned spindles to headboard
• Moulded footboard top rail supported by turned spindles
• Moulded side rails & frame
• Stunning quality carvings
• Turned legs
• Dismantles for easy transportation and access
• Original polish & patination
• Rich dark red & brown colour
• Excellent original condition
• Muslin draping service available
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns policy
Here is a stunning quality antique 6ft wide Victorian colonial Anglo-Indian Raj four-poster bed, circa 1870, which will fit a standard UK super king size mattress (6ft wide x 6ft 6” long), in excellent original condition, boasting the original polish, originating from colonial India. The level of detail and craftmanship displayed in the materials, construction and carving of this bed is second to none. It is rare to find antique beds which will fit a modern 6ft super king mattress.
The bed incorporates a triple carved floral panel headboard, interspersed by ring turned spindles, below a moulded headboard top rail which arches over a central foliate pierced fretwork panel. The headboard also boasts a spectacular crown, which incorporates floral open fretwork carving, along with a crown flanked by rampant lion and unicorn. The bed incorporates moulded rails to the headboard and footboard, as well as moulded side rails and footboard rail. The footboard incorporates multiple ring-turned spindles below a horizontal moulded rail. Above the bed frame, four barley twist posts support a protruding moulded canopy. The bed terminates on substantial turned legs. This bed displays beautiful carvings throughout – even the bolt caps to the frame are carved into flower heads. The superstructure also lends itself to being dressed with romantic fabric drapes.
Retaining the original polish and patination, this Victorian super king size four-poster bed boasts a rich red-brown colour, with a satin French polish finish. The bed is constructed of sissoo wood and has a superior structure. This bed would look stunning in either a contemporary or traditional setting. It dismantles for easy transportation and we can provide 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 bed 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 = 239cm or 94⅛” or 7ft 10⅛”
External length = 230.2cm or 90⅝” or 7ft 6⅝”
External width = 198cm or 78” or 6ft 6”
Headboard height (including Crown) = 166.8cm or 65⅝” or 5ft 5⅝”
Headboard height (excluding Crown) = 123.8cm or 48¾” or 4ft ¾”
Footboard height = 89.5cm or 35¼” or 2ft 11¼”
Height from floor to top of side rails = 60.9cm or 24” or 2ft
Side rail depth = 13cm or 5⅛”
Maximum Mattress Opening (slats not lowered):
Length = 198.4cm or 78⅛” or 6ft 6⅛”
Width (slats) = 178.7cm or 70⅜” or 5ft 10⅜”
Width (including side rails) = 188.2cm or 74⅛” or 6ft 2⅛”
Maximum Mattress Opening (slats lowered):
Length = 198.4cm or 78⅛” or 6ft 6⅛”
Width = 174.7cm or 68¾” or 5ft 8¾”
This 6ft wide Victorian colonial Anglo-Indian Raj four-poster bed is in excellent original condition, which is commensurate with its age. Some nominal old use marks to the leading edges and polish but nothing significant considering the age of the item. The headboard and footboard bed joints have been cleaned and glued to ensure the bed frame is solid in joint. The bed has been French polished by hand in our workshop to a professional standard, therefore the colour and patination of the timber is of an excellent standard. The carvings are all intact, with no missing pieces or damage beyond the usual signs of age and use. The bed assembles together and all bolts and screws are in good condition. The bed is well constructed, solid in joint and ready to use. It is rare to find antique beds which will fit a modern 6ft super king mattress.
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