About The Brass Maiden

What makes our beds special

Made to last

Our beds are handmade in America with great attention to quality and construction. The base fits together using a sturdy tongue and groove design, meaning there are no nuts and bolts, which would require tightening and also strip over time. Instead, the metal fits flush and remains as stable as the day we deliver.


Our iron beds have a variety of finishes to match your style, including gunmetals, hand-painted, distressed, and a wide variety of solid colors. All cast iron beds are oven baked and finished with no maintenance required. Visit our shop to see samples.

Brass beds

Brass beds handmade to historic designs with quality for the past. Finishes include polished, distressed, and lacquered brass, built with the same solid cast-iron locking frame, steel slats included.

Custom metal work

Custom metal work includes railings, stairways, tables, racks and drapery rods. Reproduction of vintage metal parts is also available. Contact us for a quote.

Who is The Brass Maiden

A lifelong Houstonian, Daphne Scarbrough is the owner and creator of The Brass Maiden. Since 1982, she has designed, fabricated and installed handcrafted, iron, brass, and steel beds, custom railings and metalwork, and created one-of-a-kind stairways, tables, antique reproductions, linens and more.

The shop

Always a believer in the conservation and repurposing of historical buildings and architectural components, in 1995 Daphne designed and built the shop house of her dreams. The two-story, English arts-and-crafts-style building has a homey feel and was constructed with many recycled materials, from the rustic wooden barn flooring to the flying pig weather vane, including the 100-year-old Houston brick and stained glass windows. The fireplace was a labor of love, made from Rio Grande river rock. And of course, she designed, fabricated and installed her own railings for the stairway, kitchen tables and countertops, the brass bathroom sink stand, and custom vent hood over the retro stove.

Daphne is passionate about preserving the green space in her neighborhood, maintaining a nature habitat in the backyard that includes rainwater tanks and a pond (a few rescued turtles have lived happy lives there). That support for nature extends to the green space in Houston, including her work in the Richmond Avenue Coalition (RAC) saving trees along that street, promoting the preservation of Buffalo Bayou and green space along Post Oak Boulevard.

Friends are also encouraging her to finally start writing that cook book (when she's not designing, fabricating, or out installing, that is.)



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