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Brass Metalware

Brass, the most common copper alloy, is made from melting copper and adding the desired amount of melted zinc. Depending on the amount of zinc used, brass can range in color from a light, golden yellow to a deep, reddish brown.

The earliest brass metalware was made in China in 5000 B.C. By 100 B.C., brass metalware was produced across the Mediterranean world and especially prized by the Roman elite for its resemblance to gold and light- reflective quality. The process for making brass was greatly improved in Medieval Europe, resulting in the production of a wide range of objects, including those used in churches and monasteries such as baptismal fonts, chalices, and aquamaniles. However, it was not until the Industrial Revolution that the full potential of brass’ malleability was finally realized and brass metalware began to take on innovative and intricate new forms.

Today, brass metalware is a popular choice for decoration because of its bright color and gleaming, lustrous surfaces. Common brass decorative objects include dishware, candlesticks, vases, figurines, tea kettles, fire screens, and many more collectible items.


Quick Facts

  • Since some zinc vaporizes when melted to produce brass, an additional amount is added to make up for the loss
  • In April 2011, Christie’s London sold a 16th century Deccan brass aquamanile in the shape of a rampant lion for $96,337
  • In addition to metalware, brass is also widely used to produce musical instruments and electrical components due to its conductive quality

Recommended Items at Auction

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Antique J. Howard Foote Brass Trombone
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique J. Howard Foote Brass Trombone
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$316 Bids
Equinoctial pocket sundial compasses
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Equinoctial pocket sundial compasses
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $200- $400
$4255 Bids
Custom NJ Brass HO Long Island RR Class-G 53sd 4-6-0, w/box
Nov 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Custom NJ Brass HO Long Island RR Class-G 53sd 4-6-0, w/box
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$654 Bids
Brass HO Baldwin M1907 4-6-0 Oil Burner, w/box
Nov 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Brass HO Baldwin M1907 4-6-0 Oil Burner, w/box
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$654 Bids
PAIR OF REGENCY STYLE BRASS AND GREEN LACQUER ETAGERES
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
PAIR OF REGENCY STYLE BRASS AND GREEN LACQUER ETAGERES
by Potomack Company
Est: $200- $400
$4754 Bids
Brass pocket sundial compass, early 19th c.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Brass pocket sundial compass, early 19th c.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1103 Bids
Mid 20th C. Middle Eastern Brass and Glass Shoe Shine Kit
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Mid 20th C. Middle Eastern Brass and Glass Shoe Shine Kit
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Victorian Marine London Nautical Brass Telescope 18in
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Victorian Marine London Nautical Brass Telescope 18in
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$203 Bids
A Russian Brass Samovar, Timber Handle Detail
Nov 03, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Russian Brass Samovar, Timber Handle Detail
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD602 Bids
Danish Copenhagen Brass Galileiglass with Wall Mount in Original Box
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Danish Copenhagen Brass Galileiglass with Wall Mount in Original Box
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Brass And Ceramic Signed 2 Tier Tidbit
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Brass And Ceramic Signed 2 Tier Tidbit
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$162 Bids
Cast Brass Danger 600 Volts Sign
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Cast Brass Danger 600 Volts Sign
by Rail and Road Auctions
Est: $50- $120
$201 Bid
Thomas Wegener brass sextant
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Thomas Wegener brass sextant
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Large Heath & Wing pantograph
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Large Heath & Wing pantograph
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
18th century Thomas Ripley 20'' octant
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
18th century Thomas Ripley 20'' octant
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
Sherburne Co. Brass Railroad Caboose Whistle
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Sherburne Co. Brass Railroad Caboose Whistle
by Rail and Road Auctions
Est: $50- $70
$201 Bid
Brass Air Powered Diesel Locomotive Bell - 12 3/4" diameter
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Brass Air Powered Diesel Locomotive Bell - 12 3/4" diameter
by Rail and Road Auctions
Est: $250- $350
$1001 Bid
A Brass Pear Paper Weight with Heavy Patina
Nov 03, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Brass Pear Paper Weight with Heavy Patina
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD201 Bid
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EDWARDIAN BRASS FIRE SCREEN
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
EDWARDIAN BRASS FIRE SCREEN
by Sheppards
Est: €200- €300
€1201 Bid
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BRASS PHOTO FRAME
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
BRASS PHOTO FRAME
by Sheppards
Est: €30- €50
€101 Bid
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EDWARDIAN 4-FOLD BRASS SCREEN
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
EDWARDIAN 4-FOLD BRASS SCREEN
by Sheppards
Est: €100- €150
€601 Bid
PAIR OF BAROQUE STYLE BRASS AND WROUGHT IRON ANDIRONS
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
PAIR OF BAROQUE STYLE BRASS AND WROUGHT IRON ANDIRONS
by Potomack Company
Est: $80- $120
$401 Bid
REITER CANTON O, BRASS FIRE BELL
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
REITER CANTON O, BRASS FIRE BELL
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$301 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Brass Metalware


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Milestone Auctions

Milestone Auctions

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Dees Auction Company,LLC