Antique 5ft 8” Victorian Anglo-Indian Colonial Raj King Size Four Poster Bed (Circa 1880)


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Object Description

Here is a fine quality antique 5ft 8” wide Victorian colonial Raj four-poster bed, circa 1880, which will fit a standard UK king size mattress (5ft wide x 6ft 6” long), in excellent original condition.

• Circa: 1880
• Period: Victorian
• Provenance: India
• Wood: Sissoo
• Maximum mattress opening: 5ft 8⅛” wide by 6ft 11¼” long
• Fits a standard UK king size mattress (5ft wide x 6ft 6” long) with slats lowered
• Luxury quality custom mattresses available
• Black ebony colour
• Single tier structure
• Drop down bar canopy
• Four elegant turned tapered posts
• Foliate carvings to crown
• Arched spindle headboard
• Moulded footboard rail with turned spindles
• Moulded side rails & frame
• Stunning quality carvings
• Turned baluster legs
• Dismantles for easy transportation and access
• Original polish & patination
• Ebony style colour
• Excellent original condition
• Muslin draping service available
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free-14 days UK returns policy

Here is a fine quality antique 5ft 8” wide Victorian colonial Raj four-poster bed, circa 1880, in excellent original condition. This bed will therefore fit a standard UK king size mattress size (5ft wide by 6ft 6” long) with the slats lowered (please see section “Lowering the Slats” below for further information). The maximum mattress opening is 5ft 8⅛” wide by ft 11¼” long, therefore a standard 5ft wide mattress will fit. We also supply custom size mattresses, if you preferred a larger mattress.

The bed incorporates a single-tier structure, with a single carved floral panel crown, above an arched & moulded headboard, supported by a bank turned spindles. The bed incorporates moulded side rails and rails to the head and footboard. To the bottom of the bed, the single-tier footboard incorporates multiple ring-turned spindles below a moulded turned rail. Above the bed frame, four ring turned tapered posts support a “drop-down” bar canopy. The bed terminates on ring turned baluster legs. The superstructure lends itself to being dressed with romantic fabric drapes.

Retaining the original polish and patination, the bed boasts a matt black colour, with a light matt finish. The bed is constructed of sissoo wood and has a superior structure. This bed would look stunning in either a contemporary or traditional setting. It dismantles for easy transportation and we can provide affordable good quality custom mattresses. This is a superior quality centrepiece for any bedroom and is ideal for those who prefer a wider bed.

External Dimensions:
External Height = 213.4cm or 84” or 7ft
External Width = 185cm or 72⅞” or 6ft 0⅞”
External Length = 233cm or 91¾” or 7ft 7¾”
Headboard Height (Including Crown) = 148.5cm or 58½” or 4ft 10½”
Headboard Height (Excluding Crown) = 120cm or 47¼” or 3ft 11¼”
Footboard Height = 82.3cm or 32⅜” or 2ft 8⅜”
Height from Floor to Top of Side Rails = 53.5cm or 21” or 1ft 9”
Side Rail Depth = 11.5cm or 4½”

Maximum Mattress Opening (slats not lowered):
Length = 211.5cm or 83¼” or 6ft 11¼”
Width (slats) = 165cm or 65” or 5ft 5”
Width (including side rails) = 173cm or 68⅛” or 5ft 8⅛”

Maximum Mattress Opening (slats lowered):
Length = 211.5cm or 83¼” or 6ft 11¼”
Width (slats) = 162.5cm or 64” or 5ft 4”

The price for this item is £0 including free delivery to England, Wales & Southern Scotland*.

Lowering the Slats:
By lowering the slats, the width of the mattress will be reduced by 1” in total. The slats are lowered by around 3” in height. The benefit of lowering the slats is that you get to see more of the headboard carvings even though you are using a modern 10” – 12” depth mattress. The original Victorian mattresses would have only been 2” – 3” deep.

It is advised that 1” should be removed from the mattress width dimension if the slats are to be lowered. Between 1”- 3” (in total) should be removed from the above mattress length dimension to allow the mattress to comfortably fit on the bed between the headboard and footboard.

This bed will fit a standard UK double size mattress (which measures 4ft 6” wide by 6ft 3” long), if the slats are not lowered. This may be an option if you already own a double size mattress. The mattress shown on the bed in the pictures is a UK double size mattress.
However, there will be a gap of 3-4” at both the headboard and footboard end of the mattress if using a standard UK double size mattress. It is therefore recommended that a custom size mattress be supplied, as this will fit the bed frame more closely and maximise the mattress space. Our custom mattresses start from £450. The actual dimensions of the custom mattress will depend on whether the slats are lowered or not.

Because these beds are individually unique and do not always conform to modern mattress dimensions, we also supply a range of customised luxury quality mattresses for these beds starting from £450. Our mattresses are constructed of natural materials (silk, wool & cashmere) and are handmade in the UK. The mattresses can have the corners removed so to maximise the mattress fit in the super-structure of bed. The price quoted does not include the mattress. Please enquire for a mattress quote.

Draping Service
We offer a separate draping service whereby we can dress the bed with any fabric of choice. This service can consist of the basic fabric being wrapped around the canopy, to hanging curtains or, providing a dressed solid roof with hung curtains. Apart from the superior style and presence, this four-poster bed had a practical purpose. The bed would have originally been decorated with a light muslin cotton material to prevent the mosquitos from biting the occupants in bed. The advertised price does not include drapes. Please contact us for a quote.

Free UK Delivery*:
We offer free delivery to mainland England, Wales, and Southern Scotland (anywhere south of Stirling). *We do not offer free delivery to locations north of Stirling in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or any British Islands off the mainland; for example, the Isle of Man, Isle of White and Channel Islands. If you live in one of the areas where we do not offer free delivery, please contact us for a delivery quote before purchasing the item. Delivery will be made by our specialised antique furniture delivery service, or in some cases we will use a courier service for distant deliveries.

Delivery times are usually 1-4 weeks depending on location; we aim to deliver the majority of items within 2 weeks. All items are professionally packaged and fully insured in transit, therefore, we can assure you, your items will be securely protected in transit and arrive safely with you.

Once you have purchased an item, we will contact you by email and/or telephone and provide you with a provisional delivery date, in order for you to confirm if it is suitable for you. Once you have confirmed you can accept delivery on the provisional delivery date, we will book the delivery in with our shippers and it then becomes a confirmed delivery date.

We will also provide you with our shippers’ contact details, in case you need to contact the driver on the day of delivery. It’s helpful if you can provide us with both the landline and mobile telephone number, in case the driver cannot reach you on one of the numbers on the day of delivery, they can contact you on your alternative number.

In order to be able to offer you free delivery, it is based on a 1-man delivery only. For any large items that require 2 people to lift the item, we ask that you are available at the time of delivery to be able to give our shipper a lift off the van and into your house with the item. If you are not able to lift items yourself, we ask that you have someone on hand at the time of delivery to assist our shipper with lifting the item.

Free 14 Days UK Returns & Refunds:
A free 14-day “no quibble” returns policy (from the date you receive the item) is available if you are not happy with this item. We will collect the item free of charge from you (we do not charge a return fee / collection fee). You will be given a full refund as long as the item is returned in the same condition. We will collect returns using our own specialist furniture delivery company. We will not accept returns via a courier service (due to experience of damaged items in transit). This refund policy only applies to deliveries to the UK.

UK Buyer Payment:
For UK buyers, we accept cash on collection or delivery; cheque, credit card, BACS (free bank to bank transfer) or PayPal. Payment is requested within 5 days of the sale. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered.

International Buyers:
If you live outside the UK and you would like to purchase this item, please contact us before purchasing it, so that we can obtain an accurate shipping quote and delivery lead-time. The shipping quote provided is a global estimate only. The actual shipping cost will vary by country and postcode. Due to the distances and costs involved with shipping outside the UK, a returns policy is therefore not available for international buyers. Before placing your order(s) please make sure this is the item for you. We request payment by bank transfer (we do not accept payment via PayPal, credit or debit cards for international purchases). Payment is requested within 10 days of the purchase. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered to our shippers. The advertised price of the item does not include the shipping cost, sales tax, import duty or custom fees.

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About the Seller:
This item is being sold by Yola Gray Antiques who is an accredited member of LAPADA (the UK’s largest Trade Association of Professional Art and Antique Dealers) and CINOA. CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations. All LAPADA & CINOA members abide by their strict code of practice by adhering to reputable standards of quality, expertise and integrity.

Yola Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yola Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yola Gray also provides a variety of fine English Antique Furniture, Art and Fabrics to clients in the UK, Europe and further afield.

Please visit the Yola Gray website at for further items and information.

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Object History

The style of these beds dates from 1840 until 1947 (until Indian Independence). The beds were constructed for the British Raj, their families and the British Military in Colonial India. The beds were designed to collapse and be transported “flat pack” so could easily be moved whilst on military exercises and to their summerhouses in the hills. They were made when the Raj was at its height. The size, style and quality of the bed depict the status of the occupier or the military rank of the owner. They were made from the finest wood usually Mahogany, Teak or Sissoo wood (a member of the rose wood family).

Teak and sissoo wood were used extensively in the construction of these colonial four-poster beds because they had the advantage of only minimally expanding and contracting when exposed to extremes in temperature and humidity. They were resistant to woodworm, termites, and the occasional splash of seawater.

Object Condition

This bed is in excellent original condition, which is commensurate with its age. Some nominal old use marks to the leading edges and polish but nothing significant considering the age of the item. This bed, which retains the original polish and patination, boasts a black ebony colour, with a French polish finish. The bed is constructed of solid sissoo wood and boasts a superior structure. The bed is well constructed, solid in joint and ready to use.

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Organsdale Farm
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