Metalware - Iron


Sugar Nippers 

French, 1775

The French were known for the high quality of their whitesmiths. It's hard to think that an implement as well decorated as this would have been made for kitchen use. The householder was obviously devoted to quality, and wanted it in everything she or he acquired. The attention to detail is apparent on the wheel on the spring -- not just a slide, but a functioning wheel. Sugar was sold in hard-packed cones, and sugar nippers cut off chunks that were served in sugar bowls and tranferred to cups of tea by sugar tongs.


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Rush Light and Candle Holder 

Irish, 1680-1720

If you like the primitive look, look closely at this primitive. Obviously made by a rural blacksmith. Note the uneven spirals on the candle arm and how the rod is hammered from a spiral into a long cone. And those four tarantula-like legs! Aged surface with good signs of hand-work. The ring-base is typically Irish.


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Horse Bit 

English, 16th c.

An exceptional medieval horse bit. Made for a large horse -- possibly a war horse: imagine one of Henry VIII's knights charging into the French! The surface is wonderfully aged and pitted.


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Medieval Spur 

English, 14th/15th c.

Retains its original spiked rowel. Beautifully aged surface. From a specialist collection in northeast England.


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English, 17th century

Heavy, thickly cast, well used and with a superb tactile surface -- you won't be able to keep your fingers off it!


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