Articles, especially decorative objects, made of metal.(noun)
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Use "metalwork" in a sentence
"The metalwork is in excellent condition, but it is a little stiff in the action."
"I've purchased or personalized rifles that were too handsome to take afield, and I'll be the first to admit this doesn't make a great deal of sense from a pragmatic perspective, but one of the aspects of having a beautifully figured stock and excellent metalwork is pride of ownership."
"By the 18th century, more attractive and stately service were developed, and silversmiths were set at work to achieve higher standards of art in metalwork."