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: NMS-F5C55E
Object type: LINCH PIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: Incomplete iron and copper alloy linch pin…
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Record: SUR-DF8CC0
Object type: SPUR
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A fragment of a Post Medieval iron rowel s…
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Record: SWYOR-DDFF23
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A possible Post Medieval iron cannon ball …
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Record: FAKL-CBF5F0
Object type: HORSESHOE
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: Medieval iron horseshoe of Clark's Type 3,…
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