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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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Brass Door Stopper
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
Brass Door Stopper
by Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry
Est: $200- $300
$468 Bids
Vintage Brass Floral Doorstop
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Brass Floral Doorstop
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$85 Bids
Mid Century Brass Turtle Hotel Bell
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
Mid Century Brass Turtle Hotel Bell
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$405 Bids
Vintage General Brass Fire Extinguisher
Mar 02, 7:00 AM PST
Vintage General Brass Fire Extinguisher
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$255 Bids
Brass lot
Mar 05, 9:00 AM EST
Brass lot
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$105 Bids
Brass Muffin Alarm Bell with Wooden Handle, 4 x 9 in. (10.2 x 22.9 cm.)
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CST
Brass Muffin Alarm Bell with Wooden Handle, 4 x 9 in. (10.2 x 22.9 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$605 Bids
A large hand beaten brass platter
Mar 10, 7:00 PM AEDT
A large hand beaten brass platter
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD505 Bids
Large Brass Wooden Handled School Bell, 6 x 10 in. (15.2 x 25.4 cm.)
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CST
Large Brass Wooden Handled School Bell, 6 x 10 in. (15.2 x 25.4 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$354 Bids
Assortment Of Brass Nick Nacks
Mar 02, 7:00 AM PST
Assortment Of Brass Nick Nacks
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
(5pc) Brass Bird Decor
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
(5pc) Brass Bird Decor
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$354 Bids
(10pc) Brass Decor, Deer Candleholders, Boot
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
(10pc) Brass Decor, Deer Candleholders, Boot
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$454 Bids
Vintage Standard Brass Fire Extinguisher
Mar 02, 7:00 AM PST
Vintage Standard Brass Fire Extinguisher
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
A heavy brass abstract tealight (W:12.5cm)
Mar 07, 1:00 PM AEDT
A heavy brass abstract tealight (W:12.5cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD354 Bids
Turkish brass brazier with figural finial and paw feet. 37 3/4"H x 17 1/2"W
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Turkish brass brazier with figural finial and paw feet. 37 3/4"H x 17 1/2"W
by Ripley Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$303 Bids
Vintage Neoclassical Brass Jardiniere, 19 In
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Neoclassical Brass Jardiniere, 19 In
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$33 Bids
Antique Lonergan Large Brass Steam Whistle
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Lonergan Large Brass Steam Whistle
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2203 Bids
Brass Accessories
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Brass Accessories
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$253 Bids
A cloisonne enamel and brass jardiniere on a high matching pedestal, 20th century
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A cloisonne enamel and brass jardiniere on a high matching pedestal, 20th century
by Gibson's
Est: AUD500- AUD700
AUD4803 Bids
24" LION'S HEAD BRASS PLANTER
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
24" LION'S HEAD BRASS PLANTER
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Kitchen Utensils
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Kitchen Utensils
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$102 Bids
An engraved brass box with solid handle (Dia:19cm)
Mar 07, 1:00 PM AEDT
An engraved brass box with solid handle (Dia:19cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD202 Bids
2pc Brass Mortar and Pestles
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
2pc Brass Mortar and Pestles
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Decorative Brass
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Decorative Brass
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$102 Bids
VINTAGE BRASS FIRE EXTINGUISHER UMBRELLA STAND
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
VINTAGE BRASS FIRE EXTINGUISHER UMBRELLA STAND
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids

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