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: WREX-DCF3B4
Object type: SPEAR
Broadperiod: UNKNOWN
Description: Iron spearhead of uncertain date, possibly…
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Record: WAW-8881A8
Object type: KNIFE
Broadperiod: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Description: Probable Early Medieval socketed iron knif…
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Record: LANCUM-5D6DB8
Object type: HAMMER
Broadperiod: UNKNOWN
Description: Iron hammer or hand mattock of uncertain d…
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Record: LANCUM-3505AD
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Incomplete iron key of probable medieval o…
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