One of the most misunderstood and abused terms in today’s design world. Probably the romantic connotation of the terms “wrought iron” or “hand-forged metal” have contributed to its abuse.
Most individuals are unaware of what true wrought iron or hand-forged metal is and sadly, even more end up with either machine produced pieces or off-the-shelf items passed off as hand-forged.
This is due to either the reps lack of knowledge or a lack of respect for the customer.
There is nothing wrong with using metal that is not hand-forged.
Not all applications and styles lend themselves to hand-forging.
You can even argue that not all scroll work need be hand-forged, although historically all scroll work was.
It is sad, however, to walk into a majestic residence with superb architecture, flawless design, and come across inexpensive, off-the-shelf metalwork which was passed off as the real thing.