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: YORYM-A11D90
Object type: STUD
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: A complete iron stud of uncertain date, po…
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Record: LIN-600BED
Object type: BARREL PADLOCK
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: An incomplete medieval iron barrel padlock…
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Record: LEIC-5BDCC9
Object type: NAIL
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: 6 Iron nails, probably all Roman. First i…
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Record: NLM-47D992
Object type: SCYTHE
Broadperiod: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Description: Iron possible scythe fragment. The curved …
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