Antique Spindle Beds
Antique spindle beds are a style of bed popular during the 19th century.
Brief history and description
Antique spindle beds are generally thought to date from the start of the 19th century, and are named after the spiralled formation of their bed-post design. The beds are generally constructed from either wood or metal, and come in widely varying sizes.
Spindle beds first came to prominence in the mid 1800s, and remain popular, predominantly as children’s beds due to the childlike appearance their spiralled shape alludes to. Whilst spindle beds are still in production, their antique variations are particularly desirable.
Guide for collectors
Spindle beds are viewed by many as both practical and decorative antiques, making them potentially sought after, with final sale prices largely dependent upon the condition and age of the piece in question.
They have been featured not only at mainstream and specialist auctioneers, but at online auctioneers such as eBay, where prospective collectors may find great bargains and low start-prices.
For additional information on antique spindle beds, collectors can view the Antique Beds website.
Antique spindle beds have sold at auction at vastly differing price points.
Towards the lower end of the price scale is the sale of a Victorian spindle bed dated from the late 19th century, which auctioned from Pook & Pook on 15th October 2005 for just $10, failing to reach its estimate of between $50-$100.
In a similar price range, a 20th century spindle bed sold from Midwest Auction Galleries, Inc. on 7th December 2008 for $20, it also failing to reach its auction estimate, which in this instance was between $150-200.
The beds have however been seen to sell for far higher prices, such as the pair of twin-sized spindle beds which auctioned from Craftsman Auctions on 25th January 2004 for $3,250. Similarly, a Gustav Stickley single spindled bed sold from Rago Arts and Auction Center on 15th February 2009 for $1,600.