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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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Fabienne Jouvin French Designer Cloisonne Canister
May 29, 12:00 PM EDT
Fabienne Jouvin French Designer Cloisonne Canister
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$60012 Bids
A cloissone lidded comport (Dia: 18cm)
May 30, 1:00 PM AEST
A cloissone lidded comport (Dia: 18cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD200
AUD506 Bids
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SET OF 3X CAST METAL CRABS
May 30, 9:00 AM AEST
SET OF 3X CAST METAL CRABS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD706 Bids
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CATHERINEHOLM LOTUS PATTERN ENAMELWARE DUTCH OVEN AND LARGE SAUCEPAN WITH LIDS
May 30, 9:00 AM AEST
CATHERINEHOLM LOTUS PATTERN ENAMELWARE DUTCH OVEN AND LARGE SAUCEPAN WITH LIDS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD456 Bids
Aladdin Stanley Steel Bottle thermos
May 28, 9:00 AM EDT
Aladdin Stanley Steel Bottle thermos
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$165 Bids
2 METAL BUTTERFLIES
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
2 METAL BUTTERFLIES
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$135 Bids
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CATHERINEHOLM LOTUS PATTERN ENAMELWARE , SET OF THREE GRADUATED SAUCEPANS WITH LIDS
May 30, 9:00 AM AEST
CATHERINEHOLM LOTUS PATTERN ENAMELWARE , SET OF THREE GRADUATED SAUCEPANS WITH LIDS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD355 Bids
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2X SILVER TONE CAST METAL AUSIE FIGURES OF A TASMANIAN DEVIL AND TIGER
May 30, 9:00 AM AEST
2X SILVER TONE CAST METAL AUSIE FIGURES OF A TASMANIAN DEVIL AND TIGER
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD704 Bids
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LOT OF EPNS INC. SALVER & TRIVET
May 30, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF EPNS INC. SALVER & TRIVET
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD404 Bids
Large Rustic Iron Cylinder Bell With Hook
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Large Rustic Iron Cylinder Bell With Hook
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$654 Bids
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LOT OF EPNS
May 30, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF EPNS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD354 Bids
Wrought Iron Art/Display Easel 60 in. (152.4 cm.)
May 30, 6:00 PM EDT
Wrought Iron Art/Display Easel 60 in. (152.4 cm.)
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$164 Bids
Luggage Rack
May 28, 9:00 AM EDT
Luggage Rack
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
Metal Gas Can
May 28, 9:00 AM EDT
Metal Gas Can
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$63 Bids
Box Lot
May 28, 9:00 AM EDT
Box Lot
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$83 Bids
Misc Lot - Can Opener, Graniteware Coffee Pot &
May 28, 9:00 AM EDT
Misc Lot - Can Opener, Graniteware Coffee Pot &
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$103 Bids
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4X PIECES OF CLOISONNE INC. TEAPOT
May 30, 9:00 AM AEST
4X PIECES OF CLOISONNE INC. TEAPOT
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD303 Bids
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LOT OF 5X PIECES OF CLOISONNE INC, PAIR OF QUAILS
May 30, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF 5X PIECES OF CLOISONNE INC, PAIR OF QUAILS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD203 Bids
Adjustable Metal Clothing Rack
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Adjustable Metal Clothing Rack
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
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3X PIECES OF CLOISONNE INC VASES
May 30, 9:00 AM AEST
3X PIECES OF CLOISONNE INC VASES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD553 Bids
Brandless Pots and Pans
May 28, 9:00 AM EDT
Brandless Pots and Pans
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$63 Bids
antique wrought Iron Bird Cage on circular Stand
Jun 16, 6:30 PM EDT
antique wrought Iron Bird Cage on circular Stand
by A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC
Est: $75- $500
$202 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Metalware Decor & Accessories


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Dennis Auction Service

Dennis Auction Service

Auction Plus, Inc.

Auction Plus, Inc.

Barry S. Slosberg Inc

Barry S. Slosberg Inc