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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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Three antique copper kettles (H: 25 cm)
Jun 23, 7:00 PM AEST
Three antique copper kettles (H: 25 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD240
AUD22016 Bids
Regency brass and copper samovar, with ebonised handles and tinned interior (H: 49 cm)
Jun 23, 7:00 PM AEST
Regency brass and copper samovar, with ebonised handles and tinned interior (H: 49 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD16014 Bids
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HUGE 41" DIAMETER AZTEC DESIGN COPPER PLATE
Jun 22, 1:00 PM EDT
HUGE 41" DIAMETER AZTEC DESIGN COPPER PLATE
by Florida Estate Sales Inc.
Est: $600- $10,000
$40011 Bids
Antique copper & brass oval kettle with bale handle (H: 22 cm)
Jun 23, 7:00 PM AEST
Antique copper & brass oval kettle with bale handle (H: 22 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD11010 Bids
Box of Approx. 20LB. Copper Wire
Jun 22, 7:00 AM PDT
Box of Approx. 20LB. Copper Wire
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$459 Bids
Victorian copper jelly mould, with punch marks & monogramm (H: 11 x Dia: 11 cm)
Jun 23, 7:00 PM AEST
Victorian copper jelly mould, with punch marks & monogramm (H: 11 x Dia: 11 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD808 Bids
Antique Copper Boiler with Lid
Jun 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Copper Boiler with Lid
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$2106 Bids
Edwardian copper watering can with angled spout (H: 26 cm)
Jun 23, 7:00 PM AEST
Edwardian copper watering can with angled spout (H: 26 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD1006 Bids
Large Victorian tapering copper jug with timber swing handle (H: 36 cm)
Jun 23, 7:00 PM AEST
Large Victorian tapering copper jug with timber swing handle (H: 36 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD1005 Bids
A T Heath, London Copper Gallon Jug
Jun 26, 6:00 PM AEST
A T Heath, London Copper Gallon Jug
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD50- AUD100
AUD403 Bids
Apple Butter Kettle
Jun 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Apple Butter Kettle
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$302 Bids
ENAMEL ON COPPER FOOTED DISH WITH SEA LIFE
Jun 28, 11:00 AM EDT
ENAMEL ON COPPER FOOTED DISH WITH SEA LIFE
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1002 Bids
Mixed Metal Items Lot
Jun 22, 6:30 PM EDT
Mixed Metal Items Lot
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
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COPPER AND BRASS CLAW ENGLAND COAL BUCKET/JARDINERE
Jun 27, 9:00 AM AEST
COPPER AND BRASS CLAW ENGLAND COAL BUCKET/JARDINERE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
Antique copper & brass kettle with ebonised handle (H: 19 cm)
Jun 23, 7:00 PM AEST
Antique copper & brass kettle with ebonised handle (H: 19 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD202 Bids
Collection of Mostly Copper Food Bowls, Brass Blowtorch and Three Sadirons
Jun 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Collection of Mostly Copper Food Bowls, Brass Blowtorch and Three Sadirons
by Weschler's
Est: $3- $50
$152 Bids
A copper Victorian ship's chamber pot, with swing …
Jun 24, 9:00 AM BST
A copper Victorian ship's chamber pot, with swing …
by Claydon Auctioneers
Est: £200- £300
£2001 Bid
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Piattino con girali in rame a spessore di Giancarlo Polidori
Jun 27, 10:00 AM CEST
Piattino con girali in rame a spessore di Giancarlo Polidori
by Gliubich Casa d'Aste
Est: €100- €150
€201 Bid
COPPER & BRASS KETTLES
Jun 28, 11:00 AM EDT
COPPER & BRASS KETTLES
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
Five pieces of copper cookware, 19th c.
Jun 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Five pieces of copper cookware, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Large 19" Copper Bonsai Tree Sculpture On Amethyst Cluster
Jun 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Large 19" Copper Bonsai Tree Sculpture On Amethyst Cluster
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Victorian brass samovar with copper attachment (lacking cover) (H: 27 cm)
Jun 23, 7:00 PM AEST
Victorian brass samovar with copper attachment (lacking cover) (H: 27 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD151 Bid
Assorted scrap metal inc. copper,
Jun 24, 4:00 PM AEST
Assorted scrap metal inc. copper,
by Lawsons
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD151 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Copper Metalware


California Historical Design, Inc

California Historical Design, Inc

Material Culture

Material Culture

Lawsons

Lawsons

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd