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Early 20th Century Mahogany Canopy or Tester Bed from British India



This circa 1900 hand-carved mahogany tester bed is a treasure from Kolkata, once the capital of British India. The head- and footboards are mirror images, with Grecian urns carved in the center and panes with carved flowers on both sides. The center tester supports have a complementary design, with barley twist posts extending to the canopy. If desired, supports and canopy can be removed (see image #18). The bed assembles with 4 long bolts and a key (see last image) and includes sturdy bed slats (not shown). The frame fits a queen-size mattress. Note that the wood has its original finish. If/when it is restored, it will be an even more magnificent piece of Anglo Raj history.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 89 in. (226.06 cm)Width: 71 in. (180.34 cm)Depth: 89 in. (226.06 cm)
  • Style
    Anglo-Indian (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1900
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. This tester bed has its original finish and can use some TLC to restore it to its original grandeur.
  • Seller Location
    Heath, MA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1766211308163

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    Ships From: Heath, MA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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