The popularity of brass beds can be traced to London's Great Exhibition of 1851, where visitors were awed by the display of Queen Victoria's brass bed. As was often the case of the time, royal tastes became trends followed by the public. Today, brass beds continue to be a favorite bed style among homeowners, the original yellow-gold finish are among the most valued. Brass beds are usually made of iron and it's the plating or tubing that covers the iron that is made of brass. Brass is also used for sleigh beds, canopy beds and antique beds. Uncoated brass will tarnish, however some people like the resulting patina as it can give an antique bed look. Traditional brass beds feature horizontal bars and more elaborate patterns and scrolls are popular.