|Description:||This is a bed for sale in an antigue store next to my retail store. They say it is a slave bed. The two ends of the bed fold underneath the rest of the bed. The middle does not close up. You can see it is metal with some springs on it. the headboard and the foot of the bed are wood. I only know from what I have read that slaves usually did not have beds. So I don't want to buy it without knowing for sure.|
|Condition:||The metal is a little rusty. I did not look it over to well. The front headboard and the foot of the bed can be opened or closed underneath.|
|Origin:||I have not bought the bed yet. Since I know the people that are selliong it in their antique store they had no problem with me taking pictures and getting it appraised. They are interested themselves. It was bought at auction.|
|Provenance:||It was bought at auction a couple of weeks ago|
|Appraised By:||Cathy Sykes|
|Appraiser Comments:||I think your perception is quite astute. I don't think slaves had beds as you say. We here in New England refer to these as hired mans beds which is a modest distinction from a slave. We most often refer to them as trundle beds and are the precurser to modern trundle beds that tuck under a standard size bed. I suppose there is probably ties to class distinction if you cared enough to think about it. However, a "slave" bed seems to be a good marketing term. The price is reasonable enough if you have a need for this type of object. It's hard to tell if this is painted or not. If it is indeed "old red" paint it would be worth more - especially here in New England. However, as an auctioneer recently told me "beds are dead" . For some reason they absolutely die at auctions but if you need one and buy it retail hold on to your hat because you can be prepared to pay top dollar.|
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