About Elliott's Designs.
In 1973 Elliott opened an antique store in Southern California,
but before then Elliott use to be a truck driver for a moving company.
He would travel all over the country moving people from one state to another.
Along his traveling he would stop in at small stores in search of antiques.
He would fill up any extra space he had in his moving truck and take the
antiques home. Some of the antiques he would sell right off the back of
his truck. Elliott started refurbishing the antiques and selling them
out of his house until he bought the antique store in 1973.
One of these antiques was a bed that he had bought in
Winchester VA. In 1979 After 10 years of sleeping in it, he decided that
he was going to try to reproduce it. After making molds for the castings
out of iron and couldn't get the results he was looking for he tried the
the sand casting method. This proved to be even more work, so he went
back to the iron molds and gradually perfected the method. He started
selling his very first design at the end of 1979. That first model was
the 0071 Virginian which is still made today.
Between 1980 and 1981 Elliott closed the antique store
and started producing beds full time in a small shop in Gardena CA. He
was then able to get a major furniture chain to pick up the Virginian.
Within 2 1/2 years that small shop was getting to small for the amount
of work that they were doing.
Elliott then purchased a building in Rancho Dominguez
CA. During that time Elliott started producing more styles of replicas
the next bed being the 0061 Imperial. Soon after more and more styles
to include the Lion, Royal Crown, Windsor, Melody and Cupid. Over the
years more and more designs started coming out. Then in 1987 the factory
was in full swing and other companies started noticing and starting copying
Elliott's Designs. It was around that time that Elliott added the phrase
"Often Copied, Never Equaled" to his logo.
With over 300 different styles produced in the last 30
years Elliott's Designs still continues to produce one of the finest quality
beds in the market today. We are so sure of our beds that we have given
them a lifetime structural warranty. Elliott took the time to learn how
the original beds were cast, because he figured if the antique infront
of him can last 100 - 200 years then he would also use the same method
but with todays technology.