Aluminum Metalware

Aluminum, the third-most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, is an adaptable medium used frequently in architecture, sculpture, and the decorative arts. Not only is aluminum lightweight, but when melted, it also behaves as plastic and takes on dynamic and intriguing new forms. Dyes are sometimes added during the production process, resulting in rich hues of silver, gold, bronze, gray, and black. However, many collectors appreciate aluminum’s natural silvery-white color.

During the '20s and '30s, aluminum metalware was mass produced and became an important feature of the decorative arts. Because aluminum pots conduct heat and cool quickly, they quickly replaced copper and cast-iron wares. Aluminum wares such as utensils, dishes, and candlesticks were prized for their lightness and glistening surfaces and became the preferred choice for utilitarian and decorative items within the home.

Today, vintage aluminum wares are prized as sophisticated examples of early to mid-20th century decorative design. Contemporary aluminum metalware provides an overwhelming selection of ornamental items including figurines, sculpted centerpieces, jewelry boxes, cake stands, paperweights, napkin holders, and countless other collectible objects.


Quick Facts

  • On April 28, 2015, Phillips sold Marc Newson’s riveted aluminum and fiberglass "Lockheed Lounge," c. 1990 for $3.7 million
  • When hosting state dinners, Napoleon III reserved aluminum plates for special guests and used gold and silver dishes for soldiers of common rank
  • In 1884, an aluminum pyramidal cap was installed as the apex for the Washington Monument. After suffering multiple lightning strikes between 1885 and 1934, the aluminum apex was protected by the addition of tall lightning rods

Recommended Items at Auction

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Aluminum Knuckles “Bks” “Brass Knuckles”
Oct 23, 9:30 AM EDT
Aluminum Knuckles “Bks” “Brass Knuckles”
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$604 Bids
Aluminum step ladder
Oct 23, 3:00 PM EDT
Aluminum step ladder
by Bob Stutler's Auction
Est: $0- $0
$222 Bids
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NEW EMPIRE 24 INCH ALUMINUM FRAME LEVEL
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
NEW EMPIRE 24 INCH ALUMINUM FRAME LEVEL
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$42 Bids
Eames Herman Miller Aluminum Leather Group Chairs
Nov 10, 2:00 PM EST
Eames Herman Miller Aluminum Leather Group Chairs
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$251 Bid
Griswold No.728 aluminum waffle iron
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Griswold No.728 aluminum waffle iron
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$201 Bid
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LOT OF METAL MIXING BOWLS AND MISC METAL / ALUMINUM BAKEWARE
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
LOT OF METAL MIXING BOWLS AND MISC METAL / ALUMINUM BAKEWARE
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Maccabee Aluminum Folding Sports Chair & Carry Bag
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Maccabee Aluminum Folding Sports Chair & Carry Bag
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Commercial-medium Aluminum Standing Platform
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Commercial-medium Aluminum Standing Platform
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Aluminum baking pans
Oct 23, 3:00 PM EDT
Aluminum baking pans
by Bob Stutler's Auction
Est: $0- $0
$41 Bid
Roaster Pans, Rolling Pin, Pyrex Bowls,
Oct 17, 11:00 AM MST
Roaster Pans, Rolling Pin, Pyrex Bowls,
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Claude Legrand-Segaust, "Concave", Wandplastik Metall/Holz, von 1974
Oct 22, 10:00 AM CEST
Claude Legrand-Segaust, "Concave", Wandplastik Metall/Holz, von 1974
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €800- €900
€1200 Bids
Group of 13 Bascal Italy Multi-Colored Aluminum Cups
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Group of 13 Bascal Italy Multi-Colored Aluminum Cups
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
box, vase and bowl, 1920s, aluminum, box signed M
Oct 22, 11:00 AM CEST
box, vase and bowl, 1920s, aluminum, box signed M
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €10- €150
€400 Bids
SET, 6 HERMAN MILLER ALUMINUM GROUP CHAIRS
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
SET, 6 HERMAN MILLER ALUMINUM GROUP CHAIRS
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $700- $900
$3500 Bids
(lot of 3) Philippe Starck for Cassina folding chairs
Oct 17, 9:30 AM PDT
(lot of 3) Philippe Starck for Cassina folding chairs
by Clars Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
1950s Thermos with Cups
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
1950s Thermos with Cups
by Caza Sikes
Est: $50- $75
$200 Bids
SATURNUS BALL. CIRCA 1940. OVERSIZE ALUMINUM VERSION OF A T...
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CDT
SATURNUS BALL. CIRCA 1940. OVERSIZE ALUMINUM VERSION OF A T...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $800- $1,500
$4000 Bids
WATER CAST ALUMINUM SIGN
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
WATER CAST ALUMINUM SIGN
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$300 Bids
WATER CAST ALUMINUM SIGN
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
WATER CAST ALUMINUM SIGN
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$300 Bids
ALUMINUM STEAM LOCOMOTIVE BELL & YOKE
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
ALUMINUM STEAM LOCOMOTIVE BELL & YOKE
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
Igael Tumarkin
Oct 30, 7:00 PM EEST
Igael Tumarkin
by Tiroche Auction House
Est: $6,000- $9,000
$4,8000 Bids
Antique hand hammered aluminum ware
Oct 17, 11:30 PM EDT
Antique hand hammered aluminum ware
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $80- $100
$500 Bids
15 piece aluminum kitchenware set
Oct 17, 11:30 PM EDT
15 piece aluminum kitchenware set
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $75- $80
$400 Bids
Vintage Aluminum Pliers
Oct 16, 1:00 PM EDT
Vintage Aluminum Pliers
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $35- $350
$350 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Aluminum Metalware


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

Aste Boetto SRL

Aste Boetto SRL

Bob Stutler's Auction

Bob Stutler's Auction