Sunday, November 16, 2008

Hammered Aluminum Collectibles

If you are looking for a great metal to collect - aluminium is an excellent choice. Many things made out of aluminium were quite popular in their original day because of their very reasonable prices. Today aluminium collectables can still be quite reasonable when comparing their prices to other collectables. If you are interested in getting into collecting metal and are doing so on a budget - aluminium may very well be a wise choice for you.

Many like the idea of collecting hammered aluminium. The look is old fashioned and many find hammered aluminum quite attractive. Popular makers include Rodney Kent, Everlast and Continental. Serving pieces such as trays and silverware were made out of hammered aluminum. Vanity pieces for personal use were also made out of hammered aluminum. Silent butlers were also a popular item made out of hammered aluminum. Trays are considered a very collectable hammered aluminium item.

Canterbury Arts is one of the lesser-known and smaller American companies that produced decorative aluminum serving pieces during the middle of the 20th century. Two artists, Chester C. Pflanz and J. Hatterick (or Hattrick), ran the firm, which appears to have operated in upstate New York in the 1940s.

Buenilum is another company that produced decorative aluminum pieces. BW Buenilum which the BW stands for Frederic Buehner-Warner. Buehner studied with Kem Weber and Walter von Nessen under Bruno Paul at The Deutscher Werkbund Germany.
The Deutscher Werkbund (German Work Federation) was a German association of architects, designers and industrialists, an important precursor to the Bauhaus. It was founded in 1907 in Munich. Frederic Buehner emigrated to the United States in 1929. In 1933 he registered "Buenilum" which is the mark on the base.

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