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Defining wrought iron vs. cast iron for magazine holder listing

I’ve used the term wrought iron to describe ornate iron gates and detailed iron objects.

wrought iron image
Image of a detailed wrough iron is via Wikipedia commons and is from a portal on the facade of Notre Dame in Paris, France

The definition of “wrought” is something that is shaped by hammering with tools.

Wrought definitionMost items that we refer to as wrought iron today is actually “cast” iron, where the molten iron is poured into molds.

Excerpt from a Wikepedia article:

As iron became more common, it became widely used for cooking utensils, stoves, grates, locks, hardware and other household uses.

From the beginning of the 19th century, wrought iron was being replaced by cast iron due to the latter’s lower cost. However, the English Arts and Crafts movement produced some excellent work in the middle of the 19th century.

Knowing this makes it more interesting to look at this gorgeous iron magazine holder I posted on my Etsy store today:



Cast iron magazine rackYou can click on the image above to see more images of this beautiful magazine rack.

I love the design!  I think the lines would fit in a variety of decor, especially in a mission style or for a modern arts and craft style home in need of the perfect magazine holder.

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And read more about ironwork in this comprehensive Wikipedia article  here.