What began as a hobby for a 13 year old boy has led to a unique small family business, Timeless Antiques – Antique Brass Bed Specialists, dedicated to the preservation, restoration and sales of Antique Brass Beds from as early as 1860 to 1930's.
With a collection of approximately 16 tonnes of original antique brass beds in cast iron, brass and porcelain and many other styles, we have been told we would be one of the largest collections in Queensland, if not Australia. With such a brass bed collection we also believe we are the caretakers of a unique part of family history.
Mark, began this interest, under the guidance of his Grandfather and then working as a welder/metalworker and over the past 30 years has taught himself the necessary skills of the original brass bed artisans, understanding how to care, repair and work with antique cast iron framework. How to treat, hand rub and polish brass, allowing it to shine again, how to handle and clean the fine porcelain spindles, decorative centres made of porcelain or glass mirrors, to restore Mother of Pearl, by hand cutting and gluing back to its original designs, shown only by an outline of where it had been.
Over the years collecting original mail order catalogues, which we use as a manual to help us restore the antique brass beds, back to when they first were made for their original owners.
We encourage everyone to relook at their family rusty brass bed relics, which are often hidden away in the rafters, shed, back paddock or even holding up the sweet peas or being used as poddy calf feeders or a crumpled mess after a run in the farm tractor. Countless times, we receive “Rustorations” which are rusty old brass beds, who have certainly seen better days or have been written off as unrestorable, have arrived at Timeless Antiques and been saved and restored and ready for future generations.
Some may be better described as resurrections, as they certainly have had a hard life, but that is where we come in, helping families return these brass beds back to the family bedrooms and becoming a treasured heirloom again.
So before you consider throwing out your rusty old family brass bed relic, thinking it is worthless, have a rethink and talk to Timeless Antiques – Antique Brass Bed Specialists and email some photos or bring your bed to us, you may be surprised of just what a timeless treasure you have.