Learn about Cast Iron

Cast iron is produced by heating iron with a high carbon content until it liquefies, and then casting the iron into moulds of compressed sand.

Cast iron was invented in China in the 5th century BC and poured into moulds to make ploughshares and pots as well as weapons and pagodas. Although steel had been invented, was in use, and was more desirable, cast iron was cheaper and thus was more commonly used for warfare in ancient China.

In the west, cast iron did not become available until the 15th century, and its earliest uses included cannon and shot, and later, cast iron cannons, which, while heavier than the existing bronze cannons, were much cheaper to manufacture and enabled more to be produced..

Cast iron pots were made at many English blast furnaces from about the 17th century. In 1707, Abraham Darby patented a method of making pots and kettles thinner and thus cheaper than his rivals could. This meant that his Coalbrookdale furnaces became dominant as suppliers of pots, an activity in which they were joined in the 1720s and 1730s by a small number of other coke-fired blast furnaces. more...

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Antique cast iron pub table, with timber top, 61 cm wide, 73 cm high

Cast iron aesthetic movement cinema chair ends from Fox theatre in the US 63 cm high, 32 cm wide each

Antique French circular metal garden table, with cast iron weighted base, 72 cm high, 100 cm diameter

A rectangular cast iron marble topped table raised on scroll legs with winged caryatid supports, early 20th century, 90 cm high, 104 cm wide, 84 cm deep

A specimen marble and cast iron white painted conservatory table, the base 19th century 72 cm high, 200 cm long, 60 cm wide

A rare cast iron swan pattern patio table with marble top, French, 19th century, 75 cm high, 100 cm wide and 54 cm deep

A rustic white painted cast iron and weathered timber garden seat French, circa 1900, 79 cm high, 173 cm wide, 46 cm deep

A highly decorative rectangular cast iron table with Carrara marble top, French circa 1900 approx. 72 cm high, base- 134 cm long, 69.5 cm wide

A rectangular black painted cast iron curvilinear garden table with Carrara marble top, French 19th century 50 cm high, 200 cm long, 50 cm wide stamped with makers label, Corne & Cie Toulouse

A rectangular black painted cast iron curvilinear garden table with Carrara marble top, French, 19th century, 50 cm high, 200 cm long, 50 cm wide, stamped with makers label, Corne & Cie Toulouse

An unusual pair of green painted cast iron garden seats, French, circa 1900 84 cm high, 89.5 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A cast iron rectangular garden table with Carrara marble top, French 19th century 70 cm high, top 110 cm long, 54 cm wide

French cast iron pedestal cafe table with marble top, approx 75 cm high, 60 cm diameter

A Carrara marble and cast iron circular patio table, French, circa 1900. 72.5 cm high, 55 cm diameter

Vintage French cast iron bases bistro table with brass banded top, approx 72 cm high, 50 cm diameter

Vintage French cast iron based bistro table with brass banded circular top, approx 75 cm high, 50 cm diameter

Pair of Victorian painted cast iron garden chairs. Possibly Coalbrookdale, each with pierced decoration to the back and seat, the round back decorated with a central medallion depicting a peasant, raised on richly cast cabriole legs surmounted by classical

Marble top cast iron garden table, the rectangular rouge marble top resting on a black painted cast iron base. Height 71 cm. Width 172 cm. Depth 69 cm. Provenance: The Collection of Peggy Moore, NSW

French cast iron Bistro pedestal table, brass banded top

Antique French triple cast iron support garden bench, with narrow wooden slats, approx 200 cm long

Antique French metal slat bench, with cast iron end supports, approx. 170 cm long

A cast iron and Carrara marble long conservatory table, French, circa 1900, stamped Vevisotti, 73 cm high, 109 cm wide, 70 cm

A rectangular red painted cast iron and Carrara marble patio table, French, circa 1900 S.D.G.D., 70 cm high, 93 cm wide, 46 cm deep.

A highly decorative embossed brass and cast iron terrace table French 19th century, 47 cm high, 61 cm diameter

A cast iron Wilcox & Gibb garden table with a marble top 75 cm high, 76 cm wide x 46 cm D

A set of three cast iron fern pattern garden chairs, stamped Melbourne Lacework.

Two circular marble-topped pub tables each with cast iron supports, with busts of maiden and lion heads, on claw feet (2). Height 74 cm diameter (top) 65 cm; height 74 cm diameter (top) 71.5 cm. Provenance: Collection of Margot Montgomery

Early 20th century cast iron tree guard garden seat, Coxson Rosetti foundry Melbourne, approx 62 cm high, 102 cm diameter

French marble topped cafe table with cast iron base, approx 70 cm high, 58 cm diameter

A Victorian Coalbrookdale cast iron garden bench. Length of back 178 cm

A circular inlaid marble and painted cast iron garden table, French, 19th century. 74 cm high, 82 cm diameter

Antique French cast iron based pierced top garden table, approx 71 cm high, 90 cm diameter

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