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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French cast iron based bistro table, approx 75 cm high, 60 cm diameter

French Art Deco cast iron based garden table, approx 73 cm high, 97 cm diameter

Antique French cast iron based white marble topped bistro table, approx 74 cm high, 60 cm diameter

Antique French cast iron based white marble topped bistro table, approx 74 cm high, 60 cm diameter

Vintage French Art Deco cast iron based garden table, approx 73 cm high, 97 cm diameter

Cast iron garden table, in the style of Christopher Dresser, with wooden slatted top, height 81 cm width 122 cm depth 59 cm

A suite of Victorian cast iron fern & Blackberry furniture, probably Coalbrookdale foundry, comprising, bench and two chairs, Victorian lozenge registration mark to the back of the bench and fain mark to front bar, (3). Provenance: the collection of Ri

Two pairs of cast iron garden seat bench ends, Falkirk Foundry Scotland, 19th century, 84 cm high, 79 cm deep, Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

An English Britannia pub table, 19th century, cast iron with marble top, 72 cm high, 65 cm diameter, Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

A pair of heavy cast iron garden seat bench ends, English, late 19th century, 79 cm high, 77 cm deep, Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

A cast iron and slatted wooden garden seat, French, circa 1900 80 cm high, 197 cm long, 40 cm deep

An exceptional mosaic and cast iron garden table, French, circa 1910 decorated with a ship and nautical symbols I mosaic, 78 cm high, 135.5 cm long, 61 cm wide

A green and black painted cast iron and timber garden seat French, 19th century, 78 cm high, 186.5 cm wide, 45.5 cm deep

An Art Nouveau design cast iron patio table with Carrara marble top, French, 19th century, stamped Bouvot-Lyon, 72 cm high, 100 cm wide, 48 cm wide

A pale green painted branch form cast iron garden table and four chairs, French, circa 1940, the table 74 cm high, 80 cm square

A red, white and grey mottled marble and cast iron patio table, French, 19th century, 72 cm high, 110 cm long, 50 cm wide

An elegant cast iron garden seat French, circa 1900 with heart shaped design, 81 cm high, 223 cm long, 57 cm deep

Victorian cast iron Coalbrookdale settee, with old break in back centre, the detached piece sits in place of it's own accord, 126 cm wide. 97 cm high

Cast iron garden seat, 19th century, back moulded in the Napoleon III taste, with four medallions of enfants jardiniers, 180 cm long

A Victorian cast iron bench by Coalbrookdale, in a rare 'Medallion design', with cast back depicting allegorical figures in oval plaques, with mask to crest, marked Coalbrookdale to front and with lozenge mark and 5F to the back

A Victorian cast iron 'Fern & dog' bench by Coalbrookdale, with a cast panel to back depicting a hunting dog, the arms with birds

A Victorian cast iron 'Horse Chestnut' bench by Coalbrookdale, in typical design with slatted seat

A pair of Victorian cast iron outdoor tables by Charles Hufton of Birmingham, each with triform base with Minerva mask mounts, circular stone tops, (2)

A Victorian marble top garden table with cast iron base, 73 x 107 x 51 cm

An Victorian cast iron ''pub' table, original checkerboard top and replacement stone, 78 x 69 x 69 cm

Cast iron 3 piece outdoor setting, comprising of a table (65 cm diameter, 63 cm high) and 2 chairs

A pair of cast iron and timber garden benches, early 20th century, Ex Rivoli Cinema in Camberwell, Melbourne, 170 cm across the arms

An interesting Art Nouveau cast iron table, marked J.Lincoln bar Fitter, the circular raw marble top supported by stylised angel form brackets jointed by circular branded plate on downswep legs

A Victorian cast iron 'Fern' garden seat, of naturalistic fern form with slatted seat

A pair of Victorian cast iron benches, of naturalistic form with intertwining fruiting vine branches, painted white, 130 cm width

A white painted cast iron slatted garden seat French 19th century, 83 cm high, 124 cm wide, 61 cm deep

A fine swan pattern retangular cast iron and zinc top conservatory table, French, circa 1900, 70 cm high, 200 cm long, 80 cm deep

A good cast iron and Carrara marble circular garden table, French, 19th century with unusual tri-legged base, 78 cm high, 95 cm diameter (marble top)

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 Victorian Coalbrookdale green painted cast iron garden settee, 1470 cm long