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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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Small Vintage Cloisonné Accent Vases
Mar 02, 6:00 PM EST
Small Vintage Cloisonné Accent Vases
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$4012 Bids
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Pair Vintage Metal Hanging Planter Basjets
Mar 07, 6:00 PM EST
Pair Vintage Metal Hanging Planter Basjets
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$118 Bids
Antique c. 1900 Highly Detailed Dog Pulling a Sled White Metal Figurine / Candy Container
Mar 18, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique c. 1900 Highly Detailed Dog Pulling a Sled White Metal Figurine / Candy Container
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$405 Bids
Conjunto de 6 garfos e 6 facas em metal prateado e cabos em marfinite. (12)
Mar 04, 7:00 PM WET
Conjunto de 6 garfos e 6 facas em metal prateado e cabos em marfinite. (12)
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €20- €40
€1005 Bids
2 Galvanized Metal Sprinkling Water Cans, 12 & 15 in. (30.5 & 38.1 cm.)
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CST
2 Galvanized Metal Sprinkling Water Cans, 12 & 15 in. (30.5 & 38.1 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$455 Bids
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TRAVAIL ITALIEN Porte-parapluie - circa 1970
Mar 13, 10:30 AM CET
TRAVAIL ITALIEN Porte-parapluie - circa 1970
by Artcurial
Est: €100- €150
€2504 Bids
IRON CASKET
Mar 21, 1:30 PM CET
IRON CASKET
by Koller Auctions
Est: CHF1,200- CHF1,800
CHF1,4003 Bids
A large cloisonne enamel vase, early 20th century
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A large cloisonne enamel vase, early 20th century
by Gibson's
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3203 Bids
Three cloisonne enamel wares, 20th century
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
Three cloisonne enamel wares, 20th century
by Gibson's
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD2203 Bids
Metal Swan Decor 7”
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Metal Swan Decor 7”
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$33 Bids
13 Piece Guardian Service, 1 Lid, Canning Strainer
Mar 05, 9:00 AM EST
13 Piece Guardian Service, 1 Lid, Canning Strainer
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$143 Bids
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WROUGHT IRON FIREWOOD HOLDER WITH TONGS, POKERS, SEEDS
Mar 07, 9:00 AM AEST
WROUGHT IRON FIREWOOD HOLDER WITH TONGS, POKERS, SEEDS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD203 Bids
Three tier wrought metal fruit bowl (49 x 42cm)
Mar 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
Three tier wrought metal fruit bowl (49 x 42cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD50- AUD70
AUD203 Bids
Metal model of watermelon hog oiler
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Metal model of watermelon hog oiler
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$752 Bids
Metal Tub
Mar 05, 9:00 AM EST
Metal Tub
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$82 Bids
Pair XL Antique Iron Britannic Lion Wall Plaques
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair XL Antique Iron Britannic Lion Wall Plaques
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $250
$22 Bids
Parte de faqueiro em metal prateado, composto por 49 talheres.
Mar 04, 7:00 PM WET
Parte de faqueiro em metal prateado, composto por 49 talheres.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €100- €200
€1002 Bids
ANTIQUE GRAND TOUR ROMAN 23K GOLD COIN REPRODUCTION
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE GRAND TOUR ROMAN 23K GOLD COIN REPRODUCTION
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$502 Bids
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Danish Stainless Steel Platters And Spatula
Mar 07, 6:00 PM EST
Danish Stainless Steel Platters And Spatula
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
Hammered Metal Gong, and a Storage Box.
Mar 09, 10:30 AM PST
Hammered Metal Gong, and a Storage Box.
by Turner Auctions + Appraisals
Est: $80- $120
$602 Bids
Bakeware
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Bakeware
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$32 Bids
A large cloisonne enamel and bronze two handled vase and stand, 20th century
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A large cloisonne enamel and bronze two handled vase and stand, 20th century
by Gibson's
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD3002 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Metalware Decor & Accessories


Zorrilla Subastas

Zorrilla Subastas

Wehrly's Auction Service

Wehrly's Auction Service

Auction Plus, Inc.

Auction Plus, Inc.

Auctions at Showplace

Auctions at Showplace