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About Antique Metalware


Often, without even realising, people will have a range of antique metalware items in their homes and sometimes simple day-to-day items can actually be really valuable. From wall hooks and letter holders to trays and candlesticks, this category of antiques is incredibly vast and there is such a brilliant array of unique items available to purchase. If you’d like to fill your home with beautifully-crafted items that are timeless in design, you’re sure to find a number of must-haves amongst the metalware on the antique market. 


Types of antique metalware


There are lots of different types of antique metalware, including but not limited to; antique brass, antique bronze, antique iron, antique copper and antique pewter. 

For thousands of years these types of base metals were used to create everything from household objects to pieces to art, so the antique metalware items you come across will be from a range of historical periods and have a rich history. Whilst these items might not be made from precious metals, they are still just as popular as antique silver and antique gold items, and you will find all kinds of surviving artefacts within this category of antiques. 

Metalware items can be both practical and decorative, and they are often high-quality and hard-wearing. That being said, they still require careful maintenance to keep them in the best possible condition and like lots of other antiques, antique metalware that is in good condition tends to be more popular and valuable than damaged items.


How valuable is antique metalware


When valuing antique metalware, there are several factors that antique dealers will take into consideration. More often than not, factors like the following will all play a role in how valuable an item is considered to be:


  • Age
  • Rarity
  • Provenance
  • Condition
  • Design 
  • Craftsmanship 
  • Maker marks


With this particular type of antique, it is important to remember that the value of an item is often determined by how much antique buyers are willing to pay for it too. The desirability of antique metalware will have a direct impact on how valuable an item is and you may find that the price of an item will fluctuate depending on the antique market at the time. 


If you’re interested in buying antique metalware and you’d like to be able to speak directly with the antique dealer you’re purchasing from, be sure to take a look at the rest of the Eat Sleep Antiques website. Not only do we have a vast selection of antiques available, but our marketplace allows antique buyers and dealers to interact with one another, improving the whole buying experience.

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