Copper Metalware

Because of its prevalence in the Earth’s crust, copper was the first metal to be harvested and utilized by ancient civilizations. Copper is a soft yet dense metal, often red in appearance, with a high resistance to corrosion.

Copper's sheen and reflective surface was admired by the ancient Greeks, who associated copper with Aphrodite and used the metal to produce mirrors, jewelry, vases, and other precious objects. In North America, Native Americans mined copper to produce spear points, knives, and other implements crucial to everyday life. Copper metalware was especially common in the United States and Europe during the Georgian and Victorian periods, when people used copper not only to cook food, but also to decorate their homes.

The variety of antique and contemporary copper pieces available at auction reveals the versatility of the metal, as well as its aesthetically pleasing qualities. Teapots, dishes, cookware, fire screens, and lanterns are just a few of the options available to collectors of copper metalware.


Quick Facts

  • On December 2, 2015, Christie’s Hong Kong sold a rare large blue and white reserve-decorated peony dish for $2,629,018
  • On May 28, 2014, Christie’s Hong Kong sold a rare copper-red decorated pear-shaped vase for $2,336,947
  • The Statue of Liberty in New York City is made of more than 179,000 pounds of copper

Recommended Items at Auction

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Set of five French copper sauce pans, stamped Tournus to handles, Largest pan 30 cm dia (5)
Oct 31, 4:00 PM AEDT
Set of five French copper sauce pans, stamped Tournus to handles, Largest pan 30 cm dia (5)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD2008 Bids
Set of three graduated copper fry pans
Oct 19, 7:00 PM AEDT
Set of three graduated copper fry pans
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD607 Bids
Vntg Hammered Copper & White Metal Pot
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vntg Hammered Copper & White Metal Pot
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $80
$256 Bids
I Love It! Large Copper Cauldron
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
I Love It! Large Copper Cauldron
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$1106 Bids
Large Group of Antique Copper Kitchenware
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Large Group of Antique Copper Kitchenware
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$505 Bids
Two Copper Boilers
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Two Copper Boilers
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$655 Bids
Two antique English copper and brass kettles (2)
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Two antique English copper and brass kettles (2)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD705 Bids
Antique Copper Pitcher Ewer Vessel
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Copper Pitcher Ewer Vessel
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $40- $80
$304 Bids
Set of 7 graduated copper frypans, approx 23.5cm Dia and smaller (7)
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Set of 7 graduated copper frypans, approx 23.5cm Dia and smaller (7)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD504 Bids
Large Antique French heavy gauge copper and wrought iron saucepan, stamped 35, 34.5 cm dia
Oct 31, 4:00 PM AEDT
Large Antique French heavy gauge copper and wrought iron saucepan, stamped 35, 34.5 cm dia
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD504 Bids
Collection of copper ware incl, Largest bed warming pan is 85cm L
Oct 19, 7:00 PM AEDT
Collection of copper ware incl, Largest bed warming pan is 85cm L
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD204 Bids
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Copper Vase
Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Copper Vase
by New Haven Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$603 Bids
Vintage French copper kitchen mould, approx 10.5cm H x 19cm dia
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEDT
Vintage French copper kitchen mould, approx 10.5cm H x 19cm dia
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD20- AUD30
AUD303 Bids
Set of five French copper sauce pans, of graduating size, iron handles (5) largest 20 cm dia
Oct 31, 4:00 PM AEDT
Set of five French copper sauce pans, of graduating size, iron handles (5) largest 20 cm dia
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD1303 Bids
Lot 3 Assorted Antique Hammered Copper Pieces
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Lot 3 Assorted Antique Hammered Copper Pieces
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $100
$12 Bids
Vintage Brass Copper Estate Group Lot
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Brass Copper Estate Group Lot
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$62 Bids
Copper - 1 oz. .999 Fine Depicting the American Eagle
Oct 18, 5:00 PM EDT
Copper - 1 oz. .999 Fine Depicting the American Eagle
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$62 Bids
33"dia. Copper kettle with stand
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
33"dia. Copper kettle with stand
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$1002 Bids
Five copper items incl
Oct 19, 7:00 PM AEDT
Five copper items incl
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD302 Bids
Vintage copper fire extinguisher by Simplex, 51cm H
Oct 19, 7:00 PM AEDT
Vintage copper fire extinguisher by Simplex, 51cm H
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD252 Bids
Vintage French copper kitchen mould, approx 11cm H x 26cm dia
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEDT
Vintage French copper kitchen mould, approx 11cm H x 26cm dia
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD302 Bids
CUPRINOX Dueue Fonte Casserole/ Cooking, France
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
CUPRINOX Dueue Fonte Casserole/ Cooking, France
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $200
$402 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Copper Metalware


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Chiswick Auctions

Chiswick Auctions

Vickers & Hoad

Vickers & Hoad

Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery