Baluster, for Thistle Chapel, St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

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Baluster, for Thistle Chapel, St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

A baluster is a small post supporting a railing, as on a staircase. This wrought iron example was designed for the Thistle Chapel in St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh and dates from around 1917. It was made by the Edinburgh ironworks firm of Thomas Hadden.

Twisted ironwork square shafted baluster, Gothic design, from the Thistle Chapel, St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, c. 1917, from Hadden Ironworks, Edinburgh

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Scottish firms such as Haddens underwent a revival due to increasing interest in Scottish styles and workmanship of wrought iron. This tradition had declined earlier in the 19th century due to mass production of cheaper cast iron.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-371-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.QIC 59
Date: Around 1917
c. 1917
Material: Iron
What: Baluster
Who: Thomas Hadden Ironworks, Edinburgh (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, St Giles' Cathedral (Thistle Ch
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