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Decorative Iron: Its Timeless History

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Decorative metal handrails, fences, gates, and the like have been popular throughout the ages, making them one of the most timeless decorative accessories to many homes and buildings. The earliest railings were forged from wrought iron in the 15th century by a blacksmith. Early examples can occasionally be found inside churches and historical buildings dating into the late 19th century. Cast Iron railings did not come into fruition until the second half of the 18th century, following the development of a new industrial processes. However, cast iron was rarely used decoratively on the outside of homes until the late 18th...

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Fireplace Cranes: A Decorative and Useful History

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Fireplace cranes throughout history have been staple pieces in colonial homes, as well as homes in the UK throughout the 19th century. They were used as a daily tool making cooking more efficient and safe. One could now hang a cooking pot over the fire, utilizing the swinging arm to adjust the temperature inside the pot. Not only was this a better method for cooking, but it was also safer when it came time to remove the pot from the fire, as the crane could be swung out to the hearth. Across New England and the UK, you will still...

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