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Old wagon wheels and wrought iron


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Hey all,

    I hope you’ve had a good Saturday! Was out this morning cruising some antique stores with the family. We drove by one that specialized in outdoor decorations. They were some old wooden wagon wheels with metal rims. Never having really been up close to one before it surprised me how thick the rims were. They were a good 3/8 thick.  I know I’ve read on this form that the rims are a good source of wrought iron. Is there any kind of parameter to look for in buying old wagon wheels for the wrought iron rim? I guess if it’s an old wooden wheel and it has a metal rim what are my % of it being wrought? 
      I don’t know what they were wanting for these. But there’s 2 not to far for me on marketplace for $12. 
     Thanks 

Aaron 

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Around here, wagon tires have a 75% chance of being wrought IF they're old.  Look for the welds and look at the rust patterns.  If you see lines running parallel to the edges, it's wrought.  If it's uniformly pitted, it may or may not be wrought.  If it's arc welded or gas welded, it's probably not wrought, but check for the rust lines.  

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For just the tire, I'd be willing to go $20 maximum. But then I have several already.  If it's the whole wheel with hub and hub bands, I'd go higher, because the hub bands are also wrought iron and are usually cleaner stock than the tires. Assuming the wheel is old enough, of course. After around 1915 the use of wrought drops to almost nothing. Of course, by the 1930s, so does the use of wagons, which is why the tires are usually wrought.

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2 cents! FYI,  if you buy one be careful when you do your initial cut. All the ones I've cut seem to be under tension, so when you cut it pinches the saw blade and when cut through tends to spring together and over lap. 

Also grain runs with the rim circumference. 

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