Learn about Half Tester Bed

A wooden or brass and iron bed, which has tall posts only at the head, supporting a canopy or curtains, and with short posts or no posts at the foot. The tester or canopy thus covers only the top part of the bed. On brass and iron beds the curtain rails are supported by brackets fitted over the top of the posts and held firm with the threaded brass knob. The canopy may be either a half round hoop or have straight arms usually made from brass rod. The half tester bed was sometimes referred to as an 'Italian canopy bed' though the term does not seem to have survived in general use.
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A Victorian brass double bed, second half 19th century, the square form bed with finials to the posts and enclosing a series of slender rods with knopped embellishments, the end conforming and with associated rails. Height 146 cm (bed head) and 106 cm (bed

A huon pine half tester bed, Australian, circa 1860, approx. 264 cm high, 205 cm wide, 163 cm deep

Early Victorian mahogany half tester bed 6 feet, the canopy with moulded cornice above the turned curtain rail with finial supports. The foot finely carved and moulded with a central oval panel flanked by turned and carved bed posts, raised on bun feet wit

Antique turned & carved mahogany four bed posts along with a pair of half fluted bed posts (6)

A French Louis XV-style walnut bed, first half 20th century, the shaped head-board divided into two panels within a moulded frame with a carved crest, the foot-board and rails conforming, the foot-board elaborately panelled and decorated (lacking base). He

An impressive Colonial kauri & burr totara banded half tester double bed, headboard and footboard, wooden base and mattress, both ends padded and upholstered. Extensive use of turned galleries and finials. Height 235 cm

Victorian mahogany half tester double bed with lace drapery and spiral twist posts

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