IRONWORK REPAIRS IN TIMBER-FRAMED BUILDINGS.
4.3 Who made the components?
Until the 1700's the
iron ties are most likely to have been made by the local blacksmith using
an accepted pattern, Regional differences will be detected and even possibly
the hand of the smith at work. A good example of this can be seen in Lavenham,
Suffolk where the many visible L-ties all have the same characteristic spooned
Charcoal iron is still
deemed to be a much better material for working by hand in the fire and it
may be that the ties are more ornately made, with more features to distinguish
As iron production in
the 1800's became more mechanised and therefore the raw product more uniform
it may have been possible to buy blanks off-the-shelf and have the local smith
work them to shape. These will have fewer hammer marks and be less complex
Vernacular work and one-offs
are still likely to be the work of the local smith but by the 1850's ironmongers
were supplying the components ready made for new build and these would have
been readily adopted for repairs. Newlands
catalogue of 1857 admirably demonstrates this.