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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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

A Victorian Coalbrookdale cast iron hall-tree, the centre pillar with shell decoration and out swept arms, each with hooks, below an umbrella stands, the reverse with registration mark. 214 cm high, 95 cm wide 37 cm deep.

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

An antique decorative French oak hallstand, the 18th century walnut moulded cornice with crest, above a panelled back with later wrought iron hooks and umbrella stand on short tapered feet. 205 cm high, 141 cm wide 30 cm deep.

A Victorian Coalbrookdale wrought iron and marble hallstand, with pagoda cornice above a rectangular mirror flanked by coat hooks, below a black marble shelf flanked by umbrella stands.

An Art Deco style wrought iron hall stand, the rectangular open worked back with an arrangement of six hooks centered by a bevelled mirror above three apertures for walking canes, the whole with linear and foliate decoration, 71 x 192 x 22 cm.

A superb 19th century French cast iron hallstand, with an oval mirror within scrolled foliate, below umbrella holders with shell shaped drip trays. Height 215 cm. Width 80 cm. Depth 30 cm.

A French Art Deco wrought iron hall stand, circa 1920, the mirrored top with hat hooks and holders above a central draping rose and leaf centre above lower umbrella stand. Height 99 cm. Length 70 cm

A Colebrookdale type cast iron hall stand, English, circa 1880, stamped C.H. No. 25 and with registration kite mark. 92 x 87 x 31 cm

An antique cast iron waratah on stand reputedly from the Sydney Town Hall

A fine Victorian cast iron Coalbrookdale hallstand with central mirror flanked by scrolled hooks, below drawer flanked by scrolled umbrella stand

A fine late 19th century Coalbrookdale cast iron hallstand with oval mirror flanked by scrolled hooks, below umbrella stands and drip trays

A French Art Deco wrought iron marble and frosted glass illuminated hall stand, circa 1925 the rectangular frame enclosing a pair of frosted light fittings and a pair of coat hooks with a central bevelled mirror plate with a marble shelf the lower section

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