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|Antique Canonball Beds are original wooden beds which feature cannonball-shaped finials.
Brief history and description
Cannonball beds first became popular during the Federal period (circa 1780 to 1830), and are easily recognizable due to their unique designs which feature ball-shaped caps or finials on the top of the bedposts. During this time, the cannonballs on the posts were said to symbolize patriotic enthusiasm after the Revolutionary War.
Cannonball beds are typically hand-crafted and can be made from a variety of different woods such as oak, mahogany, pine, maple, cherry or birch.
Although cannonball beds were mass-produced during the 1800s, they are still incredibly popular in Amish or Mennonite communities today due to their unique and classical design elements.
Guide for collectors
An antique cannonball bed which still features its original paint or finish is considered to be rare, but not necessarily the most valuable. Antique cannonball daybeds are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors.
Restoration of an antique cannonball bed is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring an antique cannonball bed may decrease its value.
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Neal Auction Company in New Orleans, Louisiana sold an American Classical mahogany daybed (circa 19th century) featuring cannonball finials for $5,000 in February of 2008.
Cowan's Auctions in Cincinnati, Ohio sold a four poster mahogany cannonball bed (circa 1830) for $1,000 in October of 2007.
Lewis & Maese Antiques in Houston, Texas sold a pair of pine and maple cannonball twin beds for $200 in June of 2007.
Uniques & Antiques, Inc. in Aston, Pennsylvania sold a full-sized cherry cannonball bed for $100 in November of 2005.
Flomaton Antique Auction in Flomation, Alabama sold a Sheraton rope birch bed (circa early 1800s) featuring cannonball finials for $70 in June of 2007, and a maple Cannonball poster bed for $40 in December of 2006.
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