Quick Facts About Collectible Aluminum
- Most hammered aluminum pieces made their way into homes from the 1930s through the 1950s as wedding gifts. Colorful anodized aluminum wares were popular with homemakers through the ‘50s and early ‘60s.
- Popular names to look for on collectible hammered aluminum pieces are Arthur Armour, Continental Silver Company, Everlast, Buenilum, Rodney Kent and Pamer-Smith.These are a few of the pieces of hammered aluminium currently on display in my shop, 2nd fl Thriftiques. The piece on the far right with the pedestal base is a lazy susan. A different bowl is resting on top. I love the trays, they are the right size for taking drinks and snacks to the patio. I feel so June Cleaver-ish using them.
Of course drinks can't be served without an ice bucket. The one pictured here is just the right size for a small party.
The most valuable pieces of hammered aluminum are signed by the maker and have elaborate patterns stamped unto the metal. Unusual shapes and vessels are also of interest to collectors.
These two pieces are candlestick holders. One obviously so but the larger of the two, I'm not sure if that was its original purpose. Along with putting in a small candle, I have candy sitting on the flat portions.
Was It Really Hand Hammered?
Most of the really expensive pieces in this field were indeed hand hammered, but the majority of the items sitting in antique malls now were machine made with a dimpled surface to give them a hand finished look.
Items available in hammered aluminum range from ice buckets to coaster sets and bookends to ashtrays.
Small canister with lid.
Chip and dip platter.
Please be sure to visit Beth and the other participants for today's Silver Party and a giveaway. Beth is having a Silver Sunday Giveaway and promises something shiny for the lucky winner.
Speaking of Giveaway's .... there is still time to enter mine. Drawing will be held Tuesday evening. This is your chance to have a bit of Maine come to you, if you can't visit Maine. Please see Maine Giveaway - Help Me Celebrate for all the details.
Got it at Goodwill