Metalware

This sector comprises artefacts made from both base and precious metals. Many antique items were originally used for domestic purposes but are now collected on account of their craftsmanship, decorative quality and social interest.

Items can range from include pewter jugs, tin pots, brass bells, copper weathervanes and cast iron benches.

While this area offers plenty of affordable material, rare historical survivors can command high prices.


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Chinaman money bank at Lincoln sale

21 December 2012

One of only around 100 made, this reclining Chinaman cast-iron money bank will go under the hammer at Unique Auctions of Lincoln on January 1.

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Art and Crafts rarities emerge in New Jersey

13 December 2012

The 20th/21st Century Design sale at Rago Arts of Lambertville, New Jersey on October 26-28 included this exceptional enamel by Alexander Fisher (1864-1936).

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Cloisonné vases at Cheshire sale

30 November 2012

A pair of 2ft 3in (71cm) high Elkington & Co cloisonné vases with ornate ormolu mounts will be offered on December 13-14 by Cheshire auctioneers Adam Partridge.

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From the tavern to the saleroom: pewter in Chester

16 November 2012

Bonhams’ Chester rooms will offer the Michael Boorer Pewter Collection on November 22, providing an opportunity for pewter collectors to bid for items used in pubs 300 to 400 years ago.

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Wenlok Jug recovered by police

02 October 2012

The 14th century Wenlok Jug has been returned to a Luton museum after it was stolen in May.

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Blumgart bells toll in South Africa

23 July 2012

This Saturday, Provenance Auction House of Cape Town will sell the first instalment of an extraordinary collection of 300 bells formed by the late Keith Blumgart.

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Silver tankard born and bred in Yorkshire

19 July 2012

The outstanding lot at the latest three-day sale at Bonhams Chester was this extremely rare c.1680 tankard.

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Wenlok jug stolen from museum

21 May 2012

A very rare medieval jug, originally sold at Sotheby’s but then put on display by a Luton museum after a successful appeal to keep it in the UK, has been stolen.

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What price the Pugin premium today?

11 May 2012

Sworders’ Spring Country House sale in Stansted Mountfitchet on April 24 included a remarkable collection of pieces designed by Augustus Pugin for his own Ramsgate home.

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Early measures raised to the level of works of art

19 March 2012

“THERE shall be one measure of wine throughout our whole realm, and one measure of ale and one measure of corn – namely, the London quart.”

Stolen lectern tracked to Romania

06 January 2012

A 19th century brass lectern stolen from a church in Wiltshire has emerged at an antiques fair in Romania.

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Lloyd Wright’s iconic urn sells for $650,000 in Chicago

10 October 2011

MADE by James A. Miller and Brother of Chicago to a design of c.1898, Frank Lloyd Wright’s 18in (45cm) high spherical copper urn worked with repoussé panels of interlocking geometric decoration, shown here, has become an icon of the American Arts & Crafts movement.

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Guernsey bell rings at £7200

27 September 2011

AUCTIONEERS Martel Maides of St Peter Port in Guernsey were amazed to encounter this Channel Islands silver table bell in a recent over-the-counter valuation.

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Christie’s broker sale of Ottoman tankard to V&A

26 April 2011

IN a private sale negotiated by Christie’s, the Victoria and Albert Museum has acquired this remarkable 16th century tankard made for the Ottoman court.

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Staffordshire Hoard saved for the nation

29 March 2010

THE Staffordshire Hoard has been saved for the nation – and a further £1.7m appeal has been launched to pay for its conservation, study and display.

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Confidential deal puts crystal ewer back on sale in London

15 September 2008

Following a confidential agreement between the parties involved, the Fatimid rock crystal ewer ‘sold’ for £220,000 at Lawrences of Crewkerne will reappear at Christie’s next month with an estimate of over £3m.

International standards set for precious metal works of art

29 April 2008

The World Jewellery Confederation have drawn up a voluntary code as a first step in trying to establish an international standard for precious metal jewellery, flatware and hollowware.

Scrap metal thefts rise as prices soar

14 April 2008

POLICE are warning that the soaring price of metal has led to a huge increase in thefts from gardens, churches and businesses in the UK.

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Marlborough silver to remain at V&A

08 May 2007

The Victoria and Albert Museum have secured the funds to acquire this spectacular early 18th century French silver ewer and basin commissioned by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.

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Wanted: 14 extremely large candles…

05 February 2007

The pair of seven-light brass candlestands pictured here proved to be the highlight of a special themed sale held at Bonhams’ on January 29 titled The Gentleman’s Library Sale.

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