Primitive 1800s MARTHA'S VINEYARD Very Rare Blacksmith Made Fine Set of 2 Hand Forged Arrow Wrought Iron Strap Hindges
Primitive Set of 2 Blacksmith All Hand Forged Wrought Iron Larger Size Arrow Strap Hinges. Found estate farmstead on Martha's Vineyard, MA. All original as found untouched condition. These may also be stripped and painted if you wish.
Top hinge 18" length
The bottom is 19" long.
These are both are 1 1/2" wide, with 5/8" hole for the pintle rod, rare to find as a complete forged set. These hinges were found on the entrance gate to the farmstead, being the slight smaller one on top and larger on the bottom.
Excellent condition commensurate with age and use being primitives pieces, No missing parts, breakage, cracks at all. These Never been repaired and very rare to find in this fine condition.
A little History:
The making of wrought iron became established in Europe about 500 B.C. The wrought iron was much harder than bronze and the iron ores were more widely distributed.
The other ingredient, charcoal, was also readily available. Wrought iron, though not as hard as steel, did have a quality superior to steel in that it resisted rusting due to its silica, or glass, content. The silica arranged itself in thin layers in the wrought iron and restricted the formation of rust.
The mild steel used today to make types of objects from an earlier time may not resist rust to the degree wrought iron does.
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