Metals have been used for thousands and thousands of years to create furniture, sculptures, candlesticks and cookware. Antique metalware within the home can therefore either be decorative or functional. There are antique metalware pieces made from brass, bronze, copper, iron, and spelter and pewter to name a few to choose from, these materials are some of the most popular antique metalware available.
Antique metalware is normally made from non-precious metals as opposed to gold or silver and you will be able to find pieces from a range of historical periods. A unique insight into decorative influences and practical items used in the household of the time.
The creation of metal can be traced back to 6000 BC, from the first discovery of metal until 1800 there were only 12 metals discovered, these were gold, silver, copper, lead, mercury, tin, zinc, iron and platinum and antimony, arsenic and bismuth. The first man-made tools were made from copper and therefore there are more antique copper tools than in other metals.
Antique metalware made from copper, lead, tin and iron are likely to be the most widely available. From the Roman period until the mid 19th C there is evidence that brass was used frequently, with the practice of using brass also gradually increasing over time.
As mentioned copper was a very popular metal and it is easily possible to find antique copper pans, mugs and a variety of cookware. Originally copper was used to make functional items for use in the home but later it was used for more decorative purposes.
Antique brassware is a popular category of antique metalware, it is possible to find antique brass kettles and pots, which would have previously been placed over open fires for cooking purposes, making a nice decorative feature in a modern day kitchen. Nice antique metalware pieces are 18th C brass candlesticks and doorknockers.
Antique brass has a soft patina in comparison to new brass; this is a rich warm colour that is formed over time due to usage and handling. Patina is often something desirable in antique brassware and damage to it may depreciate its value. Newer brassware will have a brighter, gold finish.
There are also nice antique brass chandeliers and clocks available, used largely throughout the Victorian and Edwardian periods, antique brassware comes in a variety of styles, pieces with Art Nouveau and Art Deco influences are particularly attractive. Victorian brass candlesticks are a desirable item on the market. Antique brass warming pans and bed frames are also very nice pieces of antique furniture.
The most famous of antique bronzes is antique Vienna bronzes; collectors particularly desire these. Also antique bronzeware made by Franz Bergman is highly sought after. Antique bronze sculptures are often stamped or signed so you are able to identify their authenticity.
There are a large variety of antique metal pieces to purchase, metalware created from steel and wrought iron will make nice antique outdoor pieces, such as a weather vane or a lantern. It is also possible to find attractive pewter dinnerware and candlesticks. Antique metals have a certain appearance due to oxidization and patina and they will lose their value if this is affected, either altered or removed, it is important to therefore be careful when cleaning.
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This is an Edwardian period solid brass eight arm chandelier. Turned centre support and sphere. Scroll arm supports to candle drip light holders. Adjustable chain and ceiling rose provided. Cleaned, ...
A French gilded bronze and crystal 10 light birdcage form antique chandelier, the leaf clad scrolling arms with leaf bobeche drip pans and leaf candle sconces, issuing from an foliated ...
A small French gilded brass 4 light chandelier, the leaf scrolling arms with sectional leaf bobeche drip pans, issuing from an ornate central stem with foliated leaf base, having the ...
A French pair of gilded cast brass twin arm wall lights, the leaf scrolling arms with leaf bobeche drip pans and bulbous candle sconces, issuing from a decoratively cast elongated ...
An Italian gilded brass and crystal 8 light chandelier, the leaf scrolling arms with leaf bobeche drip pans, issuing from an ornate central column with decorative leaf canopy, dressed overall ...
This Tibetan Tara Buddha Statue is made from copper, turquoise, coral, bronze and painted with real gold.
Offered for sale is this old brass door knocker Elizabeth I which is a nicely cast heavy quality door knocker. The reverse with registration mark and impressed made in Great ...
An English set of three 4 light hall lanterns, the 4 scrolling arms with circular bobeche drip pans, surrounded by four sectional circular convex glass panels and held within a ...
This is a large Dutch lacquered copper log bin having a rolled lip and lion mask handles. The whole with original lacquered surface and crested decoration. Raised on original bun ...
A French set of four gilded brass twin arm wall lights, the leaf clad scrolling arms with circular bobeche drip pans, issuing from a reeded tapering backplate with flame finial, ...
Antique Oriental Bronze Bottle Vase with tinted body with stylised gilded decoration. It is presented in nice condition other than two small
rubbed areas (please see photos). It displays wonderfully.
Large antique iron strong box safe. Large antique iron strong box, handle to each end and one on the hinged lid, large key,
Dimensions: 71cm x 46cm x 40cm x 82cm ...
Antique black iron strong box safe. 19th Century iron strong box, iron handle to each end, hinged lid with handle to the top, fitted interior with wooden dividers & small ...
Antique Samuel Withers Safe. Victorian iron safe made by quality British safe manufacturer Samuel Withers, original green finish with gold decoration, clenched fist handle with heavy hinged door and pair ...
A French gilded cast brass triple light antique hall lantern, the three scrolling light fittings with circular bobeche drip pans and reeded candle sconces, surrounded by a sectional circular convex ...
Copper Coal Scuttle. Victorian helmet coal hod.
A Pair of Large French Theatrical Statuettes.
2 x Spelter 19th century French Statuettes 20" tall, holding comedy and tragedy masks. On wooden plinths.
This delightful solid cast bronze model is finely modelled and in very good condition with a good antique patina. It is not signed.
This is a late 19th Century Victorian antique large safe by Richard M Lord of Wolverhampton with new keys and a freshly serviced lock.
Delivery is available at an extra charge. ...
Offered for sale is this cut glass crystal ceiling light with decorative polished brass gallery which has been professionally rewired and ready to install. It takes a standard B22 light ...
Offered for sale is this large cut crystal ceiling light which has been professionally rewired. It takes a standard B22 light bulb.
Offered for sale is this single holophane ceiling pendant light, original gallery & shade. It has been professionally rewired and ready to install. Aged brass patina. It takes a standard ...
Offered for sale is this quality French cut glass crystal ceiling light which has been professionally rewired and ready to install. It takes a standard B22 light bulb.
Offered for sale is this Edwardian antique cut crystal glass ceiling light which has been professionally rewired and ready to install. It takes a standard B22 light bulb. Gallery has ...
Offered for sale is this Edwardian antique cut crystal ceiling light, reg mark gallery. It has been professionally rewired and ready to install. It takes a standard B22 light bulb. ...
Offered for sale is this 1920s square glass ceiling pendant lights. We currently have 3 available, this is a listing for 1 of the 3. Professionally rewired and ready to ...
Offered for sale is this 1920s square glass ceiling pendant lights. We currently have 3 available, this is a listing for 1 of the 3. Professionally Rewired and ready to ...
Offered for sale is small holophane ceiling light (1 of 2 available) that has been rewired and ready to install. It takes a standard B22 light bulb. The shade is ...
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