Details for Iron

This should be used for iron and steel. You can specify wrought iron or cast iron, or steel, in the Description field. Corroded wrought iron can often be recognised by its laminated or fibrous appearance, caused by the stringers of slag that follow the forging lines. Cast iron can be recognised by the use of thin cross-sections and complex cast shapes. It is also often better preserved than wrought iron. Cast iron only appeared in Britain in the late 15th century and was for some time used only for a restricted range of objects (guns, gun shot, fire backs).

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British Museum URI: 11019

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Record: SWYOR-3157C5
Object type: HORSESHOE
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: An incomplete iron possible horseshoe of p…
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Record: DYFED-AD6CEB
Object type: DOORSTOP
Broadperiod: MODERN
Description: The object is a cast iron doorstop, in the…
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Record: NLM-DDF949
Object type: KEY (MUSIC)
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Copper alloy and iron tuning key. A solid …
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Record: NLM-74C2EE
Object type: BUCKLE
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Iron buckle. Wrought iron D-shaped or sing…
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