|Wrought Iron Ornament|
The Victoria & Albert Museum
It is clearly inspired by Thirteenth Century English ironwork—such as might be found in Westminster Abbey. A.W.N. Pugin (1812-1852)m designer of Westminster Hall, was a proponent of decorative ironwork and helped usher it into common popularity.
This was made for the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London and was the work of Frederick Crook. Curiously, Crook wasn’t a traditional artist. He was, instead, a caterer and manufacturer of cooking equipment who tried his hand at design. Clearly he did a good job of it since he was awarded a bronze medal for this piece.