By ElgaKoster, October 28, in Metalwork. I bought this brass candlestick in Norway at a charity shop, style wise it reminds me of 17th century candlesticks but I don't think this one is a real antique. So I was wondering, anyone know how to date candlesticks? I know so little about how metal items were made If anyone can tell me more about the techniques used in making the different parts that would be great.
Dating Brass Candlesticks? - Metalwork - IGMA Fine Miniatures Forum
Brass is a yellow alloy mainly of copper and zinc but it can include other metals. The inexpensive, yet strong metal makes it ubiquitous across many cultures and objects for thousands of years. In modern times, brass was particularly favored during the Art Deco Movement of the s and the Modernist Movement of the s and 70s, the complete opposite of the darkly patinated copper and bronze used during the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau Movements. It was also a favored metal to use for accenting firearms and swords.
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Many homeowners love brass and long to obtain genuine authentic pieces such as light fixtures, lamps and candlesticks. You may feel the same way, but worry that you will be duped into buying an imitation or a piece inexpensively plated with brass. The majority of antique brass candlesticks are solid, while most new pieces are not.