The earliest cast iron artefacts date back to 5th century China, where pots, agricultural equipment and weapons have been found.
Cast iron didn't become available in the West until the 15th century. English iron workers produced cannons that were cheaper than bronze, and enabled England to better arm the Tudor navy. Later, the development of the steam engine also provided a further market for cast iron, since it was cheaper than the brass used in engine cylinders.
The use of cast iron in structural and engineering projects began in the late 1770's, when the first Iron Bridge was built in Shropshire, across the River Severn. Cast iron bridges became commonplace as the industrial revolution gathered pace.
So, What Is Cast Iron?
Cast iron is often compared to steel. Both are alloys of iron and carbon, with cast iron having approximately 4% carbon, whilst steel is made with controlled amounts of carbon, no more than 2%.
Cast iron is harder, more brittle and less malleable than pure iron and steel. It melts at a lower temperature, which makes it ideal for pouring into moulds, and is a useful engineering material. By contrast, steel is much harder to cast.
Cast Iron For your Home
The rustic aesthetic of cast iron makes it an ideal choice for period properties and country cottage style interiors.
Our cast iron shelf brackets are inspired by authentic Victorian and vintage designs and available in an antiqued lacquer finish or smooth black.
Cast Iron Hooks are ideal for coat racks, hallways, backs of doors and cloakrooms.
Cast Iron Door Knobs
Solid cast iron door knobs give authentic period character to your home. Available with a smooth black or pewter finish. These cast iron door knobs are also ideal for fitting with a surface mounted rim lock.
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