This little-known museum is housed in a de-consecrated Church and displays an exceptional array of antique ironwork. There are intricate 18th century wrought iron shop ensigns that hang from brackets; there are wonderful kitchen utensils, elaborate locks and keys - but the thing that most fascinated me was the cast iron jewellery . Who would have said that cast iron could be used to make such delicate objects? Apparently, during the Franco-Prussian war (in about 1870) the French State asked wealthy patriots to donate valuables to the war effort. The elaborate cast iron necklaces, ear rings, broaches and tiaras on display are exact copies of the original, donated pieces. Imagine how patriotic it would have been to have gone to the Opera in a cast iron tiara, collier and ear rings!
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