Metalware - Iron


Tudor Horseshoe 

English, 16th c.

Known as a "tongue" horseshoe from the shape of the void in the center. Excavated during construction in the 1970s. From an English collection. Hang this over the door and your horses will all be winners, and you'll have no problems with witches turning your milk sour. We promise!


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Hewing Ax 

English, 16th/17th c.

Used to square off a log into a beam -- one side is flat to ensure a good surface on the beam. The handle is replaced (obviously -- presumably many times) but it looks old and good. The blade has a beautifully aged surface. Not too many of these have survived.


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Spit Dogs or Andirons 

English, c.1680

How nice to see 17th-century andirons wrought by the local blacksmith and not cast in a professional foundry. You can see his simple decorations on the base, and we love the square, totally unnecessary, knop on the shafts. The brass ball-finials are his posh touch -- they must have been bought from a brazier, probably in Birmingham.


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Small Medieval Tongs 

French, 16th century

A stunning piece of early French ironwork -- the French smiths were considered the best in Europe. Not quite sure of their use: they're too small for pipe tongs, the finger rings are ladies' or children's size, and the best grip is at the tips of the birds' beaks (don't you love those birds?) For tapestry, or needlework? Whatever. Just look at the form and the decoration, and you'll realize you're looking at a top quality piece of late medieval ironwork.


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Tripod Cauldron 

Scottish, c.1800

Signed "Edingtons" for Thomas Edington of Glasgow (1742-1811) owner of the Phoenix Foundry, and founder of the firm Thomas Edington & Sons. A 17th-century form still being made in the 19th century, showing that hearth cooking in cottages continued long after the invention of stoves. Old, untouched surface. The highly visible casting marks give it character (as well as keeping the cost down)!


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