Osmund Iron in the Gdansk Museum
|The Maritime Museum of Gdansk contains whatever had been dug up of the "Copper
Ship" in 1969. The copper ship was a freight boat dating to 1450 -1500 that contained copper ingots and about 100 barrels
of trade goodies including the Osmund iron or actually Osmund steel.
The museum used to display the Osmund steel labeled as "iron ore" in a barrel as shown
in the backbone.
Buchwald must have taken the barrel picture well before 2008. Now we have 2014 - let's see how the museum has dealt with the topic by now. The very newest information1) about osmund in general and the osmund iron in Gdansk is given by Peter Crew, well known to us from before.
|The Osmund steel is no longer in a barrel but in a box in front of some of the barrels:
|The Osmund is no longer in a barrel but in a box. Some pieces have been cleaned and cut and are on display in a show case:
|So the museum got it right by now? Well - almost:
|It is easy to get a bit confused about Osmund iron. Is it ore or steel? And how does it relate to the osemund iron / steel from the German Sauerland / Siegerland region?
|Not at all, in fact. Osemund iron / steel is a local speciality where pig iron was fined and collected at the end of on iron bar:
|Osemund was optimized for the local speciality: steel wire making.
|Peter Crew: "Osmund from the perspective of the English sources"; From Berglund, B. (ed) 2015, Jarnet och Sveriges medeltida modernisering (Jernkontorets bergshistoriska skriftserie 48), pp. 151 - 189
Books and Other Major Sources
Some Old Names Around Steel and Iron
10.5.2 Making Steel up to 1870
12.2.6 Experimental Tests of Old Steel and Swords
© H. Föll (Iron, Steel and Swords script)