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: NLM-54EED8
Object type: HORSESHOE
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description:   Iron horseshoe. A wrought iron ho…
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Record: NLM-54E66E
Object type: PADLOCK
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Iron padlock. A triangular lock case retai…
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Record: NLM-54DA3A
Object type: HORSESHOE
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: Iron horseshoe. Wrought iron horseshoe wit…
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Record: NLM-544F41
Object type: BUCKLE
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Iron buckle. Sub-rectangular buckle frame …
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