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 Hallstands

A 19th century innovation, the earliest hallstands usually consisted of a straight or shaped upright, sometimes with a drawer and with rounded wooden pegs or hooks on which to hang coats and hats. Some versions also contained umbrella stands, eith in the central section or to each side.

Hallstands became proportionately larger during the course of the century, sometimes being equipped with lift up seats and arms, and later models had brass hooks that tended to replace the wooden knobs. Early versions were usually wooden, although wonderful cast iron hallstands are to be found from the middle of the century, richly cast and ornamented.

The best known manufacturer of cast iron hallstands was Coalbrookdale Company of Shropshire England, founded in 1709. In the 1840s the company developed a range of cast iron furniture, which, once the moulds had been created, could be mass produced. Coalbookdale items are marked either with the full name of the company or an abbreviation such as 'C-B-DALE Co'

Cast iron hallstands will often also include the date lozenge, often cast into the base of the drip trays indicating the year in which the design was registered. more...

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A Victorian cast iron hall stand, in the Gothic manner with traditional ecclesiastical motifs, seven hooks and with original shaped drip trays. 73 x 27 x 180 cm

A superb English cast iron hallstand with ornate foliate decoration and central mirror. 206 cm high, 95 cm wide

A fine English cast iron hallstand, registration mark to back. 186 cm high, 54 cm wide

An English 19th century cast iron hall stand. 220 cm high, 79 cm wide, 30 cm deep

A decorative wrought iron hallstand in the style of Edgar Brandt, French, circa 1925, ?191 cm high, 75 cm wide, 24 cm deep

An Art Deco wrought iron hallstand. 185 cm high, 79 cm wide.

A Victorian Coalbrookdale style cast iron hall stand. 92 cm, high, 64 cm wide, 23 cm deep

A Colebrookdale style cast iron hall stand, circa 1880 with diamond pattern registration mark. 200 cm high, 92 cm wide, 32 cm deep

French Art Deco wrought iron hallstand, approx 193 cm high, 76 cm wide, 18 cm deep

A Victorian Coalbrookdale cast iron hallstand. 240 cm high, 64 cm long, 27 cm deep

A French Art Deco wrought iron hall stand. 188 cm high, 62 cm long

A classic French Art Deco wrought iron hallstand. 193 cm high, 130 cm deep

A classic French Art Deco wrought iron mirrored back hallstand. 174 cm high, 73 cm long

A Coalbrookdale style cast iron hall stand highly decorative, cast and painted as an ivy clad arbour with a mirror and reserves depicting bucolic figures in relief engaged in farming pursuits, a semi circular marble table with a small drawer above a confor

A wrought iron hall stand, circa 1920, with barley twists and scrolls, the hallstand with a top rack, six decorative hooks flanking a narrow mirror, with provision below for umbrellas and walking sticks, and a metal drip tray. Height 177 cm. Width 75 cm. D

A wrought iron and oak mirror back hall stand, in the Edgar Brandt style, first half 20th century. 202 cm high, 121 cm wide, 24 cm deep

A French wrought iron mirror back and green marble hall stand, circa 1935. 200 cm high, 188 cm wide, 20 cm deep

A fine Victorian Coalbrookdale cast iron hallstand with central mirror flanked by scrolled hooks, below a drawer, flanked by scrolled umbrella stand. 213 cm high, 114 cm wide

Coalbrookdale style 19th century green painted wrought iron hall stand, registration mark for January 1867 approx 173 cm high, 58 cm wide, 25 cm deep

Coalbrookdale hallstand: English cast iron decorated with griffins & fauns, late 19th century. Height 223 cm, width 104 cm, depth 40 cm

Antique French black enamelled cast iron hallstand, with white painted leaf form drip pans, central swivel oval mirror, standing 216 cm high

A impressive Victorian cast iron hallstand, the arched pierced top above a mirror flanked by with ornate decoration and hooks, below rouge marble flanked by umbrella holders

A 19th century cast iron hall tree, with a pineapple finial, with a fluted column with coat hooks and umbrella holders, on three dragon feet. 187 cm high

Vintage French oak mirrored hallstand, with wrought iron hooks & rack, approx 194 cm high, 129 cm wide

A Victorian cast iron hallstand, the arched top, above an oval mirror, flanked by scrolled coat hooks, above ornately cast open umbrella stands, with shell drip trays. 214 cm high, 105 cm wide, 21 cm deep.

A Victorian mahogany hallstand, with fretwork hourglass shaped back with a mirror to the centre and seven turned wooden finials for hats and coats, a drawer to the centre and umbrella and stick stands to each side, with unusual cast iron floral and shell m

A French Art Deco wrought hallstand, the central mirror flanked by upright splats, surmounted by scrolled foliate. Below mirrored shelves flanked by upright splats. 193 cm high, 80 cm wide, 16 cm deep.

An impressive Victorian Scottish mahogany hallstand centred by a mounted stag head, the serpentine marble-topped base with a frieze drawer and square-section baluster columns; stick and umbrella receptacles with cast iron shell trays. Height 254 cm. Width

An Art Deco wrought iron hallstand, the mirrored stepped cornice, above a central mirror, below mirrored shelves flanked by vertical splats. 191 cm high, 80 cm wide, 20 cm deep.

Impressive antique French carved walnut Gothic canopy hall stand, with wrought iron fittings, H 270 cm x W 145 cm

Cast iron hall stand. Mythical peacock motifs. Some losses, later wrought iron rear supports. Height 175 cm

A stylish Art Deco wrought iron hall-stand, with matching wall mirror, stamped M. Milon, French, circa 1925, stand: 109 cm high x 163 cm wide x 22 cm deep, mirror: 66 cm high x 175 cm wide x 22 cm deep

A cast iron bamboo form hall-stand, French, 19th century labelled Deville Paillette and Cie Charleville Ardennes. 195 cm high, 60 cm wide. 28 cm deep

Late Edwardian oak and burr walnut panelled hall stand with lift top seat, heavy cast iron hooks and a rattan top

An attractive cast iron hallstand of tall proportions

19th century cast iron & marble hall stand with drawer. Victorian diamond shaped design registration symbol inside. 111 cm wide, 220 cm high, 51 cm deep

A French Art Deco wrought iron hall stand, the open rectilinear frame with curvilinear in-fill decoration, with a circular mirror flanked by chromed metal disc coat hooks above a small shelf flanked by umbrella compartments, the iron work with various deco