Poor quality a clue to new cast ironBy Mark Chervenka
Poor quality a clue to new cast iron
Lots of new cast iron is being copied from period originals, especially Art Deco and Art Nouveau figures. Most of these new pieces, like the candlestick shown here, can be detected by poor quality construction. Feet and hands are particularly good keys to quality because they require sharp detail to appear realistic. New pieces in more complicated shapes are often made in several pieces and welded together. The welded sockets on this new candlestick, for example, are very awkwardly positioned.