Brass Beds are made of solid brass tubing and finials, steel reinforced side posts, and our exclusive cast dovetail joint frame. We use 0.040 wall solid brass tubing and the bent tops for some bed styles are 0.050 wall. The caps and finials are solid brass stampings and spinnings. Our Brass Beds have a natural unlacquered brass finish, so they develop a beautiful patina over time and have no finish problems associated with lacquer. Some customers just let the brass age and appreciate the character of the acquired patina, while others polish as needed. For those who like a bright shiny look, we have found that in most cases, polishing once a year is adequate.