Rob, I can't speak for Hank as he in in the NE which does have some older archatecture. Here in the deep south of the U.S. things don't get a chance to get old. Heat and humidity degrade the stuff real quick. The oldest house I've seen here was built in the early 1800's. Old by our standards but in Europe it's just a baby. Plus we here in the states didn't have a lot of fancy architectural blacksmiths, especially in the deep south. Our smiths didn't focus on one item like their European counterparts so they never got fancy making them.
I do have a little collection of "found" iron. It has been very educational to study those items.
Recently one of our Safety guys came back from Europe. He was showing our secretary pics of his trip. He was telling her about this astronomical clock he had pics of made in the 1600's. He looked at me and said, "You of all people can appreciate this"; and never showed it to me.
Hi James ,,,,,,,,,,, I had a preconception that the South would have been were the arty ironwork would have been , just shows I am wrong again lol . Over here its everywhere and more so on the continent allot of the old styles are reproduced .
The county I live in has ruins going back to Roman and Medieval times , Castles and stately houses , the birth of the railway,iron rails, ,hydraulic machinery , hydro electricity ,electric light bulb ,steam turbines you cast help but trip over industrial history
There was a book about American Ironwork I was looking into ordering from the USA ,but for the life of me I cant remember the tile , anyway its seamed to have some very detailed ironwork in it .