Humans have used metal objects to help and assist then in their daily endeavours. Before electricity, creating fire and light was a major problem and as a consequence a whole industry, terminology and paraphernalia accompanied the ritual of lighting the fire and making light. Metal has played a major part in cooking through the ages and even today we us a range of metal items when preparing, cooking and serving food and drink. However the shape and types of metals used has changed over time and some are no longer used today. Jelly moulds, ale warmers, bed warmers, wax jacks, chamber sticks, taper sticks, snuffers and trays, trivets, footmen, sadirons, fenders and firedogs were all items in everyday use that our ancestors took for granted that today makes an enjoyable collecting area.
Beware There Is Acid About
The health of these instruments could be damaged by handling and playing. An alarming statement but true never-the-less.
Collecting Brass & Copper
Traditionally country antique dealers stocked a good selection of brass and copper articles. In London alone there are shops given over almost exclusively to them. And yet at present, unless an article can be proved to be of earlier date than 1600 it is unlikely to have very great value. So you could start collecting brass and copper now quite easily and perhaps your heirs will ultimately reap the benefit.
Gusums Bruk is a Swedish company with a long and problematic history. Nowadays Gusum Work’s traditions are living thanks to “Nordic Brass Gusum AB”, which continues to produce brass.
How Not To Polish A Metal Item
Most people choose not to polish a piece, based on the amount of work involved. Modern environment friendly metal polishes reduce re -polishing to a minimum and thus the amount of work involved.
How To Polish A Metal Item
William Shakespeare wrote, “To be or not to be, that is the question”. Alas, we cannot improve on Billy the Bard's quotation, but the question we have to ask is:-
To polish or not to polish, that is the question.
This is perhaps one of the most controversial and sensitive areas associated with antiques. Some specialists will say to polish while others will say not to polish, so there is little wonder that confusion exists.
Metal Polishing Myths
What is good metal polishing practice?
Is it true that the metal polishing industry deliberately perpetuates some of the myths and bad practices? In some cases perhaps, whilst in other cases it may just be common errors of judgement.
It is now possible to discover why brass and copper crack and why some polishes will deteriorate by themselves in good environments.
All will be explained so be ready to see some interesting facts.
The company produced original copper & brass ware with the height of production between the 1910's to the1940's. Their aim was quality period reproductions which were occasionally marked. Peerage Brass became the brand name after World War II until this trademark lapsed in 1991.