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Adams & Westlake beds
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QUESTION: We are seeking information about two brass twin beds likely dating from the early 1900s.  Both have the complete frame. We have two spring mattress supports but must admit that we do not know how they attach to the frame, also which one belongs with each bed.  Both mattress supports have a "W" on the edge.  One headboard is identified with Adams & Westlake, Chicago. The frame on the bed with the label connects like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.  The other one connects with a hook molded into the frame.  The frames appear to be iron.  They are very heavy and in a "not restored" condition.  We are interested in possible value as we will be looking for a buyer.

ANSWER: use the followup function and post picture of the frame attachments or copy and post the post to an email with multiple of attached pictures showing the springs and rails

Info from my files:
The Adams & Westlake company was founded in 1857 in Chicago, Illinois. It was located at 110 Ontario Street, chicago. The company originally began manufacturing and selling railroad supplies and hardware. However, by 1897 they were a diversified world manufacturing leader. The company not only manufactured train supplies like the Adlake acetylene car lighting system, but also the popular Adlake & Alaska Bicycles, the Monarch oil stoves and a line of American brass beds.

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QUESTION: Is this a rare find?  What might be the value of these beds?

i wouldnt say rare but to find old brass beds in good condition and complete is uncommon.  unfortunately the new bed market hurt the antique bed market back in the mid to late 1970s.  oddly enough one of the first started in Hanceville, AL. by a fellow that was a picker and dealer in antiques.

however, it is coming back, the thing that hurts now is the cost of having a bed professionally polished and lacquered.  when done professionally it is taken apart, polished and lacquered the reassembled.  

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In regards to American antique, vintage and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing, and value. I do not study mid century and later furniture nor do I deal in lamps, and other smalls. You may ask for values and I will give you current market values, I will not give you 'feel good' values. Understand that there are many factors that contribute to market value. If you want a feel good, unrealistic number, please call a local inexperienced appraiser. It is my desire to help you and in doing so I increase my knowledge as well. For that I thank you.


I have been in the antiques furniture and restoration business and in the sales of antique furniture for 40+ years and have continued my education in the trade attending workshops and seminars by various organizations, institutions, and private collectors.

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