Brass beds are beds in which the headboard and footboard are made of brass; the frame rails are usually made of steel. Brass beds can be made of 100 per cent brass or of metals that have been brass plated. The brass used in making brass beds is usually 70 per cent copper and 30 per cent zinc; however, the ratio of metals varies between manufacturers.
In the 1800s, having a brass bed was a status symbol and sign of wealth. When America's oldest maker of brass beds made his first in 1855, Charles P. Rogers built a workshop in New York City using early mass production techniques, bringing very high quality to an affordable price levels. His firm Charles P. Rogers, Inc. is still in New York making beds over 150 years later. It is estimated that more than half the beds he ever made are still in use or museums. The prestige and popularity of brass beds grew during the 19th and 20th centuries to the point where sales surpassed those of wooden beds. Because of their timeliness and range of styles, brass beds are the beds of choice for people renovating historic homes.