Iron can be divided into two types: with little carbon content it
becomes malleable and is steel or wrought-iron, and with more than the minimum of carbon
remaining in its composition it is...
Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin. Its use in prehistoric days is
outside the scope of this book and the most important examples that will concern readers
are those made in Italy and elsewhere...
The most popular surviving form of brassware is probably the domestic
candlestick. These were made usually in pairs, and are rarely older than the middle of the
seventeenth century. At that time they...
This is the French name (literally or moulu, moulded gold) for articles
and furniture mounts made of bronze and gilded. The piece having been made in bronze, was
carefully and finely finished by chiselling and polishing...
Pewter is an alloy of tin with small additions of
lead and other metals. Although it was in use for many centuries, and was displaced
finally by pottery and porcelain, little remains that...