Bed wrench, ca. 1820

Contributed by Davistown Museum


A ubiquitous domestic tool found in many 18th and early 19th century bedrooms and attics, this bed wrench is five inches long with a four-inch handle.

A bed wrench (or bed key) normally came with two or more arms radiating in the form of a cross or star. They were used for turning the bed bolts which secured the head and foot-board of a bed to the side rails, and enabled the bed to be separated into pieces.

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About This Item

  • Title: Bed wrench, ca. 1820
  • Creation Date: circa 1820
  • Subject Date: circa 1820
  • Media: Cast iron
  • Local Code: TBF6003
  • Collection: Historic Maritime III (1800-1840): Boomtown Years & the Dawn of the Industrial Revolution
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Davistown Museum
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