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: SUR-ED2B0C
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A corroded cast iron sphere, probably a&nb…
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Record: SOM-9636E8
Object type: CROSSBOW BOLT
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: An iron probable arrowhead or crossbow bol…
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Record: GLO-82C804
Object type: SHEARS
Broadperiod: UNKNOWN
Description: A set of Medieval to Modern shears consist…
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Record: NLM-572A76
Object type: STAPLE
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Iron staple. A substantial wrought iron st…
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