The half tester bed is made of iron and brass and dates from around 1890. It is not as ornate as many beds from the period which had considerably more brass ornamentation.. The canopy curtains were generally ornamental. They were reminiscent of the full curtains used on full tester or four poster beds to exclude draughts and provide privacy. In areas where mosquitos or other insects were a problem, the curtains were sometimes made of fine netting. They covered the entire bed at night. The mattress on this bed is stuffed with kapok which was popular from about 1890 until the 1950s. Earlier mattresses were stuffed with a variety of materials including horsehair, feathers and straw.