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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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French Rare Rotating Brass Cigar Holder
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
French Rare Rotating Brass Cigar Holder
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $25- $200
$754 Bids
Collection of over 50 Trade Hawk Bells
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Collection of over 50 Trade Hawk Bells
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$404 Bids
Heavy Duty Brass Tin with Hand Forged Fire Striker & Flint
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Heavy Duty Brass Tin with Hand Forged Fire Striker & Flint
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$503 Bids
Brass school bell
Dec 16, 9:00 AM EST
Brass school bell
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $2,000
$752 Bids
Brass Medical Mold, 12 pcs.
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Brass Medical Mold, 12 pcs.
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
Torpédo.
Dec 07, 2:00 PM CET
Torpédo.
by Galerie Moderne
Est: €300- €500
€1502 Bids
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SET OF BRASS SLEIGH BELLS 19th Century Length 75”.
Dec 09, 9:30 AM EST
SET OF BRASS SLEIGH BELLS 19th Century Length 75”.
by Eldred's
Est: $100- $200
$602 Bids
Large quantity of brass Steam Fittings
Dec 05, 6:00 PM AEDT
Large quantity of brass Steam Fittings
by Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Est: AUD50- AUD100
AUD452 Bids
Quantity of brass Steam Fittings
Dec 05, 6:00 PM AEDT
Quantity of brass Steam Fittings
by Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Est: AUD50- AUD100
AUD452 Bids
VICTORIAN ORNATE BRASS EASEL
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
VICTORIAN ORNATE BRASS EASEL
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $175- $225
$52 Bids
Vintage Embossed Brass Bed Warmer
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Embossed Brass Bed Warmer
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$11 Bid
Black stone egg with brass base
Dec 14, 6:00 PM CST
Black stone egg with brass base
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Brass Builder's Plate "Beyer, Peacock & Co."
Dec 05, 6:00 PM AEDT
Brass Builder's Plate "Beyer, Peacock & Co."
by Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD251 Bid
Antique Brass 4 Ringer Shop Bell
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Brass 4 Ringer Shop Bell
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$11 Bid
Jan Eisenloeffel, a Dutch Secessionist b
Dec 10, 10:00 AM GMT
Jan Eisenloeffel, a Dutch Secessionist b
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £80- £120
£501 Bid
Antique Mounted Brass Sundial, 11"h x 16 1/2"dia
Dec 06, 5:00 PM EST
Antique Mounted Brass Sundial, 11"h x 16 1/2"dia
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Karl Springer Attr. Modern Steel & Brass Andirons
Dec 04, 12:00 PM EST
Karl Springer Attr. Modern Steel & Brass Andirons
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$1001 Bid
Cloisonné blue vase, height 23 cm, brass kangaroo …
Dec 11, 11:00 AM AEDT
Cloisonné blue vase, height 23 cm, brass kangaroo …
by Amanda Addams Auctions
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD601 Bid
Vintage Solid Brass Walnut Shaped Nutcracker
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Solid Brass Walnut Shaped Nutcracker
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$11 Bid
Wooden Handled Brass Bed Warmer
Dec 04, 5:00 PM CST
Wooden Handled Brass Bed Warmer
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
NSW Brass Plated Railway Style Luggage Rack. 78cm long
Dec 08, 7:00 PM AEDT
NSW Brass Plated Railway Style Luggage Rack. 78cm long
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
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ART DECO NUDE LADY HEAVY BRASS ASHTRAY + PAIR OF BRASS CANDLESTICKS WITH FLUTED TWIST
Dec 08, 9:00 AM AEST
ART DECO NUDE LADY HEAVY BRASS ASHTRAY + PAIR OF BRASS CANDLESTICKS WITH FLUTED TWIST
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
Kettles etc
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Kettles etc
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
A Georgian style brass and wire mesh fire screen
Dec 14, 9:00 PM PST
A Georgian style brass and wire mesh fire screen
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $200- $300
$1401 Bid

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