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-EA845B
Object type: NAIL
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Iron nails. Four wrought iron nails of len…
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Record: NLM-C31EB4
Object type: NAIL
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Iron nail. Wrought iron nail shank, bent a…
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Record: NLM-ADFD79
Object type: NAIL
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Iron nail fragments. A pair of small nails…
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Record: NLM-ADF20B
Object type: NAIL
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Iron nail. A broad wrought iron nail which…
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