cut out hinges.

Cut out hinges came in to fashion around 1300 Ad, this technique uses sheet iron on which the required pattern is drawn and then cut out using a variety of shaped chisels and punches while the metal was hot, the hinge was then hammered and filed to produce a smooth flowing outline, the surface of the hinge was sometimes patterned to create a more three dimensional effect.
This process succeeded the stamped ornament era where the hot metal was beaten into shaped dies then the elements were fire welded together to complete the hinge.

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