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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All-Clad Brushed Stainless Kitchen Cookware Estate Collection
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
All-Clad Brushed Stainless Kitchen Cookware Estate Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$50023 Bids
A George III Silver Warwick Vase Teapot
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A George III Silver Warwick Vase Teapot
by Hindman
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,90012 Bids
A Set of Four American Silver Julep Cups
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Set of Four American Silver Julep Cups
by Hindman
Est: $600- $800
$1,60011 Bids
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LARGE LOT OF BAKING DISHES, ASSORTED SIZES
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
LARGE LOT OF BAKING DISHES, ASSORTED SIZES
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$1111 Bids
A George I Britannia Silver Coffee Pot
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A George I Britannia Silver Coffee Pot
by Hindman
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$7509 Bids
A Pair of Paul Storr George III Silver Covered Sauce Tureens
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Pair of Paul Storr George III Silver Covered Sauce Tureens
by Hindman
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$1,4009 Bids
1960s Gense Sweden Stainless Coffee Tea Set
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
1960s Gense Sweden Stainless Coffee Tea Set
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $40- $15,000
$1208 Bids
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VINTAGE METAL GIRL HOOK
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
VINTAGE METAL GIRL HOOK
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$88 Bids
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CLOISONNÉ VASE WITH LID. DOESNT OPEN.
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
CLOISONNÉ VASE WITH LID. DOESNT OPEN.
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$87 Bids
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HANSEL AND GRETEL BUNDT PAN
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
HANSEL AND GRETEL BUNDT PAN
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$117 Bids
A Johan Rohde for Georg Jensen Silver Coffee Pot
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Johan Rohde for Georg Jensen Silver Coffee Pot
by Hindman
Est: $800- $1,200
$2006 Bids
Brass Shopkeeper's Bell on iron Frame
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Brass Shopkeeper's Bell on iron Frame
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$1006 Bids
An American Coin Silver Julep Cup
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
An American Coin Silver Julep Cup
by Hindman
Est: $200- $300
$2506 Bids
Pots & Pans, Copper bottom pots
Oct 17, 11:00 AM MST
Pots & Pans, Copper bottom pots
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$156 Bids
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INNOVATIONS 16Q STOCK POT STAINLESS STEEL
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
INNOVATIONS 16Q STOCK POT STAINLESS STEEL
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$136 Bids
French cookware, two marked Le Creuset, France (3)
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
French cookware, two marked Le Creuset, France (3)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD20- AUD40
AUD1306 Bids
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LARGE LOT OF BAKING DISHES, ASSORTED SIZES
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
LARGE LOT OF BAKING DISHES, ASSORTED SIZES
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$66 Bids
A Harald Nielsen for Georg Jensen Silver Covered Bowl
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Harald Nielsen for Georg Jensen Silver Covered Bowl
by Hindman
Est: $500- $700
$8506 Bids
Eleven Georg Jensen Silver Blossom Pattern Flatware Articles
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
Eleven Georg Jensen Silver Blossom Pattern Flatware Articles
by Hindman
Est: $500- $700
$2255 Bids
A Georg Jensen Silver Bowl
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Georg Jensen Silver Bowl
by Hindman
Est: $600- $800
$1255 Bids
A Georg Jensen Silver Three-Piece Coffee Service
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Georg Jensen Silver Three-Piece Coffee Service
by Hindman
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$4255 Bids
Two Georg Jensen Ornamental Silver Serving Spoons
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
Two Georg Jensen Ornamental Silver Serving Spoons
by Hindman
Est: $400- $600
$1255 Bids
Antique Graniteware And Blue Swirl Berry And Milk Pails
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Graniteware And Blue Swirl Berry And Milk Pails
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$245 Bids
A George III Silver Serving Tray
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A George III Silver Serving Tray
by Hindman
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2255 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Metalware Decor & Accessories


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Hindman

Hindman

Aether Auctions

Aether Auctions

Bob Stutler's Auction

Bob Stutler's Auction