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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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Large Aluminum Gold Fish
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Large Aluminum Gold Fish
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$557 Bids
Dr Pepper Aluminum Vintage Ice Chest Cooler
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Dr Pepper Aluminum Vintage Ice Chest Cooler
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$252 Bids
Decorative Aluminum Crocodile Skull
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Decorative Aluminum Crocodile Skull
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Aluminum siding and sheet metal Break
Oct 15, 11:00 AM EDT
Aluminum siding and sheet metal Break
by TEG Auction Gallery
Est: $0- $0
$1001 Bid
Aluminum Fascia
Oct 15, 11:00 AM EDT
Aluminum Fascia
by TEG Auction Gallery
Est: $0- $0
$81 Bid
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Arthur Court Aluminum Giraffe Vase &Grotto NutDish
Nov 12, 12:00 PM EST
Arthur Court Aluminum Giraffe Vase &Grotto NutDish
by Neely Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Tim Ter Meer Limited Edition Aluminum On Marble Eagle
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Tim Ter Meer Limited Edition Aluminum On Marble Eagle
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
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Julia Knight Decor, Lily Bowl
Oct 09, 9:00 AM EDT
Julia Knight Decor, Lily Bowl
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
RUSSEL WRIGHT ART DECO ALUMINIUM & WOOD CUPS 8"
Oct 10, 4:00 PM EDT
RUSSEL WRIGHT ART DECO ALUMINIUM & WOOD CUPS 8"
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
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ROTRAUT (Née en 1938) Playing with stars - 2001 Aluminium peint
Oct 12, 12:00 PM CEST
ROTRAUT (Née en 1938) Playing with stars - 2001 Aluminium peint
by Artcurial
Est: €2,500- €3,500
€1,2001 Bid
ALUMINIUM BOWL BY GORHAM VINTAGE ANTIQUE COLLECTIBLE
Jan 03, 1:00 PM CST
ALUMINIUM BOWL BY GORHAM VINTAGE ANTIQUE COLLECTIBLE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Vintage all cast aluminum whiskey water pitcher
Oct 11, 11:30 PM EDT
Vintage all cast aluminum whiskey water pitcher
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $40- $50
$250 Bids
HAMMERED ALUMINUM ITEMS
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
HAMMERED ALUMINUM ITEMS
by Converse Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$100 Bids
HAMMERED ALUMINUM SERVING TRAYS
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
HAMMERED ALUMINUM SERVING TRAYS
by Converse Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$100 Bids
Aluminum Gaff Rigged Sloop Sculpture H 38" W 7" L 36"
Oct 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Aluminum Gaff Rigged Sloop Sculpture H 38" W 7" L 36"
by DuMouchelles
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
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3 Covered Cooking Pots
Oct 18, 10:00 AM EDT
3 Covered Cooking Pots
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $100- $200
$400 Bids
Firefighter helmet
Oct 14, 3:00 PM UYT
Firefighter helmet
by Zorrilla Subastas
Est: $100- $120
$800 Bids
Russel Wright (Attribution) Owl Boxes
Oct 09, 12:00 PM EDT
Russel Wright (Attribution) Owl Boxes
by Main Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
A Reynolds Aluminum Ashtray
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
A Reynolds Aluminum Ashtray
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
A Vintage Aluminum Floater
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
A Vintage Aluminum Floater
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Lot of Two Small Aluminum Trays
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
Lot of Two Small Aluminum Trays
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
Set of 4 Vintage Aluminum Canister Set
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
Set of 4 Vintage Aluminum Canister Set
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
A Vintage Cast Aluminum Mold?
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
A Vintage Cast Aluminum Mold?
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Aluminum Metalware


Matsart Auctioneers & Appraisers

Matsart Auctioneers & Appraisers

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

TEG Auction Gallery

TEG Auction Gallery