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Wall anchor

Wall anchor

  • Place of origin:

    Flanders (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought iron

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114b, case NW

Physical description

Wall-anchor of wrought iron, consisting of a vertical bar, with a barbed ornament qt the bottom, and divided at the top to form the centre of a “fleur-de-lys” shaped finial to the scrollwork with flattened ends which springs symmetrically on either side of the vertical stem at its upper part. The work is tied, riveted, and welded.

Place of Origin

Flanders (made)


17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wrought iron

Marks and inscriptions

Ornamental fleur de lys finials into the scrollwork


Height: 98 cm, Width: 30 cm, Depth: 2.5 cm

Descriptive line

Wall anchor, one of a pair, wrought iron, Flanders, 17th century.

Labels and date

Wrought iron
Flanders; 17th century

Decorative wall anchors became popular in the 16th century. To prevent the external walls of a building from collapsing or sagging, a rod - called a 'tie-rod' - was run throught the building between opposite walls. This was anchored on either side outside the building by a tie-plate or wall anchor. Surviving examples can be seen on many 17th and 18th-century buildings.

Museum Nos 914-1898 and 913-1898 [07/1994]


Wrought iron


Forging (metal forming); Tied; Riveted; Welded


Metalwork; Ironwork


Metalwork Collection

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