History of Wrought Iron Fences

Wrought Iron Fences

The beauty of a wrought iron fence has been seen throughout the centuries. So why not own your own piece of beautiful history?

While chain link fences are commonly seen around your neighborhood, there is something that has been around longer than they have: wrought iron fences. But where did these beautiful pieces of craftsmanship start? Let’s take a look at the history of wrought iron fences.

From Europe to America

Wrought iron takes its roots from Europe but the first domestic forge in America was established in Massachusetts. The Saugus Ironworks opened its doors in 1644 and made both wrought iron and cast iron. Small forges like Saugus Ironworks typically produced hardware and andirons, which hold the logs of the fireplaces into place. By the 18th century, fencing was more common in larger cities like Charleston, South Carolina, which was produced acclaimed wrought iron fences and railing by three German smiths: Lusti, Christopher, and Ortmann. Although much of New Orleans’ illustrious ironwork is actually cast iron made with French and Spanish influences. There are also some indications that these pieces in New Orleans were actually shipped from Spain.

The 20th Century

At the turn of the 20th century, when steel had eclipsed iron as the dominant architectural metal, wrought iron enjoyed a rebirth in unmatched popularity. This revival was propelled by the rise of the Colonial Revival and Arts and Crafts movements as well as the ranks of Classically trained and Beaux Arts-influenced architects. Wrought-iron craftsmen of the Revival have more sophisticated tools and aids at their disposal than the early ironworkers. This allowed them to have more complex designs than earlier workers. This period also has one of the visionary masters, Samuel Yellin, a Polish-born and trained craftsman who was unmatched in skill and genius in his Philadelphia shop. At his shop, he and his staff of nearly 200 artisans turned out some of the finest ironwork ever produced on American shores.

Today, wrought iron is used for railings, fences, gates, and furniture. This material can last for many years or even centuries if it is taken care of properly. For more information on having your own piece of history, call Hercules Custom Iron today!

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