If authenticity is what
you are looking for then cast iron is the material of choice for ornamental
lamp posts. Cast iron posts have been around since the early 19th
century. In those days transportation of this extremely heavy material
was quite difficult so most towns used local manufacturers to produce
their lamp posts. Due to local influence, styles unique to these small
towns and cities were developed across the United States. Many of
our cast iron products reflect these unique styles and are accurate
in scale and design.
Cast iron is very durable due to its high tensile strength and
weight. Vandals would have a difficult time damaging this product.
Over the years myths have developed about cast iron posts. Some
have said that cast iron posts will rust away to nothing. On the contrary,
cast iron if not properly finished will only surface rust.
The surface rust actually becomes a protective coating that prevents
the corrosion process from continuing.