Pierced ornament.

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In the fifteenth century a new fashion emerged requiring new techniques, no longer were scrollwork and plant forms designed and executed, the inspiration was now wood and stone carvings.
Forged elements were attached to sawn, chiseled and filed sheet iron, sometimes one sheet was placed over another to obtain a three dimensional tracery pattern, the design was then incised with a punch and chisel mark pattern, the process became known as ” benchwork” ( the technique of working iron cold).

The image above is a smoke alarm cover, and the design is a staffordshire knot repeated three times.

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