Metalware - Brass/Bronze


Pricket Stick 

South German, 16th c.

An impressive stick. Crisp turnings on stem, turnings on base and cup echo each other. Iron spike and bed riveted to brass cup with copper rivets. The iron brings a visual interest that is lacking in the more usual all-brass sticks.


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Pipe Warming Bowl 

Dutch, c.1725

None of your friends will guess what this is. It has a hammered copper bowl with brass foot and rim, all mounted on a walnut stand with brass ball feet. Great look and great craftsmanship. It was used to keep tobacco in clay pipes warm by standing them on a bed of hot ash or coals in the bottom of the bowl. From a collection in North Yorkshire.


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Imposing Candlestick 

Spanish, c.1675

The interplay between thick and thin on the stem is pleasing and very typical of the baroque aesthetic. Good old surface, not over-cleaned. Made in four parts held by an iron rod.


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Bed Warmer 

English, c. 1675

Folky decoration on the lid done with three circular punches and a bit of dash engraving. Typical English simplicity -- a Dutch brazier could not have restrained himself and would have done much more elaborate decoration. Forged iron handle with good hanging loop. Perfect for a simple country house and simple country folk!


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Flemish, (or English?), 1575-1625

Bronze candlesticks are rare. This one has an old, undisturbed surface that is beautiful to behold. Its stem is the Renaissance baluster that was revived in the early 18th century. Most of this form are Flemish, but this is of comparatively thin metal with no ejection holes and the measurements are in exact inches -- suggestions of a possible English origin. The collector it came from thought it was English.


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