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-56E74E
Object type: SHOT
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Iron shot. Solid cast ball, with mould lin…
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Record: SF-580AC2
Object type: WEIGHT
Broadperiod: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Description: An iron core in copper-alloy casing Early …
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Record: DOR-465638
Object type: CLEAT
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: An incomplete iron cleat. The cleat is ova…
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Record: NLM-2F7FCD
Object type: PLOUGH
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Iron ploughshare, as kindly identified by …
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