During the mid to late 19th century, cast iron and wrought iron developed as a versatile material. It was used in building bridges, frames for buildings, garden urns and even furniture! Thus, it is no surprise that wrought iron beds became popular. Tough and durable, wrought iron also allowed artisans to experiment with welding different shapes and forms into their beds. The artistry of antique wrought iron beds shows. Bohemian shapes and feminine curves are often woven into these strong antique beds. Sometimes, they feature brass as a finial or scroll within a wrought iron bed.