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Old 02-02-2020, 10:51 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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Default Re: Unknown Cast Iron Any Help Appreciated

Smelting elemental iron from iron ore isn't something you can casually do. Since sand molds for cast iron are single-use and are required to be destroyed to release the casting, there wouldn't be any trade in them. The designs of the handle and pour spouts on this piece are consistent with the era in which such castings were normally bottom-gated. It is true that recasts, pans made using other pans as patterns to create molds, are often bottom-gated primarily because it is a simpler methodology than side-gating.
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