I’ve used the term wrought iron to describe ornate iron gates and detailed iron objects.
The definition of “wrought” is something that is shaped by hammering with tools.
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:
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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