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-40C30D
Object type: NAIL
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Iron and lead nail. A short tapered wrough…
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Record: LIN-19FE66
Object type: BELL
Broadperiod: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Description: An iron clapper from a bell. The shank is …
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Record: NMGW-DA8631
Object type: AXE
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: Earliest to Early Iron Age iron socketed a…
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Record: NLM-9AF04C
Object type: FERRULE
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Iron binding or ferrule. A flat wrought ir…
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