Metalware - Iron


Mastiff's or Boar Hound's Collar 

English or Continental, 17th c.

The Hound of the Baskervilles might have worn a collar like this -- it was certainly for a massive canine. The heavy iron and sharp spikes would have kept the dog safe from the teeth and tusks of even the largest boar -- and they did grow big! It's far from decorative, but it's very dramatic and I doubt we'll ever find another quite like it.


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Welsh, 1775-1800

Age-pitted surface on the iron, age-raised grain on the wood -- true collector appeal. One of the few wooden based 'nips whose base is guaranteed original.


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Cottage Candlestick 

English, 1680-1750

A village blacksmith's ironwork nailed to a base turned in the manner of William and Mary chair stretchers: a nice example of a rural smith and turner working together. The turner was more skilled than the smith: the socket is off-center and off-vertical -- you've gotta love it! Obviously village-made, impossible to date with any precision, but who cares? The iron has aged beautifully, and the wood has great color and patina. We fell for it when we saw it.


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Pair of Candelabra 

English, 1675-1700

Iron made the poor man's candleholders, so almost all are single. An iron candelabra burning three candles at once is almost a contradiction in terms -- and here's a pair, buring six! All wrought by a local blacksmith, with lovely signs of hand-forging. Rolled conical sconces (a sign of early date) on a trident-form stand on quadriform base. Each with triple conical sconce over a plain stem supported on quadripod base


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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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