Old Iron

Old Iron

In the mid to late 1800’s wrought iron fences began to be made by castings rather than by hand. From what I have seen in the old cemeteries that’s when these ornate gates, posts, and fence line became popular.

Old Iron
Old Iron

Unfortunately time has caught up with most of them. While rust colors may add character, it has also eaten away at them.

Each time I visit an old cemetery more and more sections have fallen away.

Old Iron
Old Iron

These are a few I passed while walking. A future project might be to select some by style or design and document them closely before they are all gone.

Old Iron
Old Iron

Old Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.

4 thoughts on “Old Iron”

  1. These pieces are beautiful. It is always sad to see wrought iron sections being sold at flea markets or antique stores and knowing that they came straight out of cemeteries.

    1. I think it happens more in small country or secluded cemeteries. We refuse to buy any pieces that look like they might have come from a cemetery. These people must have been well off to have such nice pieces.

    2. Nothing surprises me anymore. And yes, many buried here were of the wealthiest in the US. Before the Civil War Charleston was the wealthiest city in the country. Some of the monuments and names here are immediately recognized. Of course after the war the city and surrounding areas were destroyed, but after a while wealth returned…always does 😀

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