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-0FE628
Object type: BUCKLE
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Iron buckle. Cast rectangular double loope…
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Record: LANCUM-FF697F
Object type: HORSESHOE
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: An incomplete wrought iron horseshoe of la…
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Record: WMID-95AB3B
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: An incomplete cast copper alloy, arrowhead…
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Record: LON-6A7C00
Object type: CURRY COMB
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: An incomplete Post Medieval iron curry com…
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