A Bespoke Twisted Open Canopy Bed

Over the last few weeks the workshop has been busy working on a bespoke four poster bed for a customer.  This bed has long elegant twisted bed posts, a shaped headboard and simple ‘light’ canopy rails. 

You can see some images of the bed as it developed in the workshop and, hopefully, we will be able to update the blog with some finished pictures once it is delivered and in situ.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this newest bed!

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Caring For Antique Furniture

Most old furniture would have originally been waxed or French polish.  To care properly for your antiques avoid silicon based products.  Natural beeswax polish is good to use.  Natural beeswax comes as a spray or a thicker paste from a tin.  The thicker paste can be applied using a soft cloth or a stiff brush, especially on carving.  Both can be buffed up with a soft rag, old towelling is perfect.

You can make beeswax paste easily, using a 1lb of yellow beeswax and half pint of good quality white spirit.  Wrap some yellow wax in towelling and break it up with a hammer or mallet.  Put the broken beeswax into a tin, add the white spirit, put a lid on, and leave overnight.  Within a day or two, and some intermittent stirring, you will have a thick paste, ready for use.

Here are a couple of recipes to revive waxed or French polish surfaces on antique furniture

    Recipe 1

One part raw linseed oil
One part methylated spirits
One part white vinegar

    Recipe 2

Twelve parts white vinegar
One part terebene driers (unleaded petrol will do the same job)
Four parts raw linseed oil

You can use a soft cloth with warm soapy water to wash the worst of the grime off first.  Once dry, the reviver can be used.  Apply with a cheese or dish cloth, in a circular motion to start with, but end up working with the grain.  After, apply your beeswax, and bring back the shine and patina

Try to avoid putting your furniture in direct sunlight as this will cause wood to fade.  If furniture is put in front of a window, it is worth closing the curtain or blind during the worst part of the day.

Watermarks and wine rings can be removed by a professional polisher.  Most antique restorers generally believe that minimal alterations are best, though cleaning is acceptable.

It is also worth noting that light woods darken, and dark timbers lighten, so your honey coloured walnut dining table would have started life nearly black, while your dark Tudor four poster bed would have originally been golden in colour.

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We’d love to hear from you!

We are only a small company, in rural Herefordshire, but we are committed to offering excellent customer service….and, of course, beautifully furniture made to your exact needs.

If you have the time, we would really like to hear your thoughts on our site so we can continue to make improvements.  We are also really keen to build up a database of information on beds, as well as mattresses and drapery.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with images or thoughts that you would like us to consider for inclusion.

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The History of Four Poster Beds

For centuries, the bed has been a sign of wealth, the richer the nobleman, the better the bed, which is probably why many people still aspire to owning a four poster bed, the bed of kings, and the king of beds. Continue reading

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Trussing bed

I am looking for more information on what a trussing bed might have looked like. If you know of any books or photos of such a thing it would help my research greatly. I am working on a research paper on the subject, but am having a hard time finding any actual decription. Any help you can offer would be invaluable to me.

Thanks so much,

Nola Yergen

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King Phillip IV of Spain’s Four Poster Bed?

I was wondering if you have any info on the attached bed pictures? It was believed to have belonged to King Phillip IV of Spain. I haven’t been able to find a picture similar.

Can you help??

Thanks Jen King Continue reading

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Can you give me any information about this bed?

Can you please give me any information about this bed? It is believed to be over 100 years old, but I can’t find any info on it.

I would very much appreciate it.

Thank you, Georgaki Sofia. Continue reading

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More Information

Does anyone have any information regarding the history of four poster beds? We are compiling pictures and information to provide a greater database for people to use, so anything that you consider useful, then please let us know.

Many thanks,

Stephen Edwards

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