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Metalware Decor & Accessories

Metalware, or objects made from copper, iron, brass, bronze, steel, zinc, tin, and lead, has been crucial to human civilization for millennia. In contrast to precious metals, such as gold and silver, these readily-available affordable materials have been produced and consumed by all levels of society and enjoyed as both practical and decorative pieces.

As metals are excellent conductors of heat, they have historically been the preferred material for objects used for food preparation and consumption. From North and South America to Europe and Asia, cultures worldwide have created an impressive variety of cookware, dishes, and utensils for everyday use and special occasions. Additionally, because metals are malleable and can be molded, cast, and etched with decorative designs, they have also been used extensively to create aesthetically-pleasing metalware pieces for the home such as vases, centerpieces, candlesticks, fire screens, and wall art.

Today, metalware is appreciated for its evolution throughout history and alluring, reflective surfaces. Metalware is represented in all major museums and widely available at auction.


Quick Facts

  • Artists often combine two or more metals to create an alloy that combines the best qualities of both
  • Steel, a mixture of iron and small amounts of carbon, is both durable and easy to use
  • Tin-plated iron containers, which are less susceptible to breakage than glass jars, were used by British and French armies on the move during the 19th century

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vintage Victorian Style Steel Birdcage On Stand
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Victorian Style Steel Birdcage On Stand
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$10012 Bids
Old Wrought Iron JJ Branding Iron
Oct 02, 5:00 PM CDT
Old Wrought Iron JJ Branding Iron
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$505 Bids
Small Wagner kettle-some rust
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Small Wagner kettle-some rust
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$124 Bids
Old Sad Irons Incl. Pflueger, St. Louis, MO, Mrs. Potts
Oct 02, 5:00 PM CDT
Old Sad Irons Incl. Pflueger, St. Louis, MO, Mrs. Potts
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
10in Cloisonné Lidded Jar With Stand
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
10in Cloisonné Lidded Jar With Stand
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
Pennsylvania Railroad Standing Ashtray
Oct 13, 11:00 AM EDT
Pennsylvania Railroad Standing Ashtray
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $300- $500
$503 Bids
Old pal minnow bucket
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Old pal minnow bucket
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$123 Bids
Cast chicken door stop
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Cast chicken door stop
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$123 Bids
Farberware Art Deco Coffee Set
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Farberware Art Deco Coffee Set
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$72 Bids
Metal Owl and Elf
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Metal Owl and Elf
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$42 Bids
Blue Granite Coffee Pot
Oct 02, 5:00 PM CDT
Blue Granite Coffee Pot
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
No 3 Galvanized wash tub
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
No 3 Galvanized wash tub
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
USSR FLASK
Oct 03, 10:00 AM PDT
USSR FLASK
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
2 Pieces Georg Jensen Stainless Steel - including a vase and a bowl. Vase 23cm high.
Oct 09, 7:00 PM AEDT
2 Pieces Georg Jensen Stainless Steel - including a vase and a bowl. Vase 23cm high.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD352 Bids
Ancient Southwestern Strainer
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Ancient Southwestern Strainer
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$402 Bids
2 metal reindeer
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
2 metal reindeer
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
Vintage Cubasa Galvanized #3 Washtub
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Cubasa Galvanized #3 Washtub
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Metalware Decor & Accessories


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Hannam's Auctioneers

Hannam's Auctioneers

Auction Plus, Inc.

Auction Plus, Inc.