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...

Learn about Cast Iron Door Stops

Cast iron door stops, also called "door porters", were made in large quantities during the late 19th and early 20th century, and were made in a wide range of designs. Being cast-iron, they were quite robust and they frequently come onto the market. A popular character for door stops was children's character "Mr. Punch", sometimes with Judy. Door stops depicting fauna are also popular, particularly with Australian animals such as the kookaburra and kangaroo.

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Large 19th c. Cast iron figural 'Stylised Dolphin' door stop original bronzed finish, approx 34 cm high

Two various cast iron items, including Reims Cathedral book ends; and Victorian lion among foliage doorstop, foundry mark verso. Height 37 cm. (door stop)

A rare antique cast iron door stop, impressed date lozenge to back, attributed to Fitzroy Foundry (note that Fitzroy was the previous name used for Mittagong N.S.W), approx 39 cm high, 26 cm wide

A pair of Boer War cast iron door stops, with 'Dr Jim' on the plinth, in memory of Sir Leander Starr Jameson whose famous Jameson Raid in 1895 became the spark that ignited the war in South Africa. Early 20th century. Height 26 cm, width 20 cm.

Antique cast iron scrolling cartouche door stop, approx 29 cm high, 17 cm wide, 11 cm deep

An old painted cast iron 'Mr Punch' door stop. Height 31.5 cm

A Victorian cast iron kookaburra door stop by electric control Sydney, 20 cm high

A Victorian cast iron sheep doorstop, 20 cm high; and a horse door stop (2)

An Australian cast iron door stop figure of William Morris (Billy) Hughes (1862-1952), Prime Minister and the longest serving member of parliament; and another of Sir George Houstoun Reid (1845-1918) Premier, Prime Minister and high Commissioner, both 12 c

An Australian cast iron door stop figure of William Morris (Billy) Hughes (1862-1952), Prime Minister and the longest serving member in the Australian Parliament, 16 cm high; and another of Sir George Houston Reid (1845-1918) Premier, Prime Minister and Hi

A pair of painted cast iron kangaroo door stops, 19 cm high

Antique American cast iron Boston terrier dog door stop

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