Dating furniture by nails
If the bed has been in their family for a long time, they should be able to give you a good idea of when the bed was made.
They may even be able to tell you exactly when the bed was purchased.
In most cases only a professional will know how to date an antique bed.
With so many copies and reproductions being made, sometimes only a well trained eye can tell the difference.
If the bed has a number, you can search for it at the patent office to find the manufacturer and date.
Another excellent way of dating a piece of furniture is to look at any hardware used on the piece.
Prior to 1830, very few furniture makers used screws.Instead, pieces of furniture were held together with the use of dowels or pegs.