Despite the vagaries of fashion,
metalware has remained one of the most enduringly popular collecting
Dating unmarked metal objects
can be a potential minefield if you're not sure what to look
out for. The style of an object rarely provides a reliable way
of deciding when it was made, as many early designs were copied
in the 19th and 20th centuries. Before buying, don't be afraid
to pick up different pieces to compare weights: most modern copies
are noticeably lighter than the genuine articles.
Look for signs of wear and tear
consistent with age: the undersides of objects should be covered
with a fine patina of scratches, while the edges of plates and
hollow wares should be worn smooth. Treat anything with sharp
edges, or that looks as though it's in perfect condition, with
Take a look at our antique metalware
by clicking on one of the items in the menu to the left.