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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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Fabienne Jouvin "Sticks" Cloisonne Lidded Jar
Oct 04, 12:00 PM EDT
Fabienne Jouvin "Sticks" Cloisonne Lidded Jar
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$1307 Bids
Copper Boiler
Sep 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Copper Boiler
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$85 Bids
Vtg Art Deco Style Footed Copper & Brass Planter
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
Vtg Art Deco Style Footed Copper & Brass Planter
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$354 Bids
SENATOR WARNER'S LARGE COPPER SAUCEPAN AND LARGE COPPER POT
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
SENATOR WARNER'S LARGE COPPER SAUCEPAN AND LARGE COPPER POT
by Potomack Company
Est: $200- $300
$1754 Bids
(2pc) Vintage Copper Vessels & Stand
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
(2pc) Vintage Copper Vessels & Stand
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
MCM NAMBE LOU HENRY 2010 COPPER VASE
Sep 30, 9:00 AM MDT
MCM NAMBE LOU HENRY 2010 COPPER VASE
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$103 Bids
Marrell Signed Mid Century Copper/ Enamel Bowl
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
Marrell Signed Mid Century Copper/ Enamel Bowl
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
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COPPER 3D ABSTRACT WALL ART, MARKED 67 TO REAR
Sep 29, 9:00 AM AEST
COPPER 3D ABSTRACT WALL ART, MARKED 67 TO REAR
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
Copper Bucket
Sep 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Copper Bucket
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$32 Bids
SENATOR WARNER'S TWO COPPER PANS AND A HALF GALLON JUG
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
SENATOR WARNER'S TWO COPPER PANS AND A HALF GALLON JUG
by Potomack Company
Est: $200- $400
$1002 Bids
SENATOR WARNER'S LARGE COPPER SAUCEPAN, LARGE COPPER POT, LARGE LID
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
SENATOR WARNER'S LARGE COPPER SAUCEPAN, LARGE COPPER POT, LARGE LID
by Potomack Company
Est: $200- $300
$1752 Bids
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4pc Copper Fish Steamer, Stew Pot & Sauce Pan
Oct 09, 12:00 PM EDT
4pc Copper Fish Steamer, Stew Pot & Sauce Pan
by Neely Auction
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
A LARGE 19TH CENTURY PERSIAN QAJAR TINNED COPPER VASE, engraved with decorative roundels of animals and other
Sep 28, 10:30 AM BST
A LARGE 19TH CENTURY PERSIAN QAJAR TINNED COPPER VASE, engraved with decorative roundels of animals and other
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £40- £60
£351 Bid
Copper Boiler by Nash
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Copper Boiler by Nash
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
French Copper Grain Measure
Oct 13, 11:00 AM CDT
French Copper Grain Measure
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $100- $150
$701 Bid
Museum Quality Italian Renaissance Silver on Copper Situla
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Museum Quality Italian Renaissance Silver on Copper Situla
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $800- $1,200
$2001 Bid
Four Victorian Copper Food Molds
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Four Victorian Copper Food Molds
by Alex Cooper
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
EARLY 19th c COPPER BED WARMER w HISTORY
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
EARLY 19th c COPPER BED WARMER w HISTORY
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $125- $225
$51 Bid
AN EARLY COPPER ENGRAVED QAJAR BASIN WITH CALLIGRAPHY, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
Oct 03, 1:00 PM BST
AN EARLY COPPER ENGRAVED QAJAR BASIN WITH CALLIGRAPHY, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £300- £400
£2001 Bid
Two Paul Revere Copper Pans and Copper Lidded Pot
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Two Paul Revere Copper Pans and Copper Lidded Pot
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $50- $100
$201 Bid
Copper Molds
Sep 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Copper Molds
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Copper Metalware


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Veilinghuis Onder de Boompjes

Veilinghuis Onder de Boompjes

Derksen Veilingbedrijf

Derksen Veilingbedrijf

Premier Auction Galleries

Premier Auction Galleries