Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Great Finds at the Auction

Hi Bloggerettes!!  I love to spend my Sunday afternoons at the auction.  Sometimes I come home with treasures and other times, empty handed.  I had the winning bid on these vintage hammered
aluminum pieces.  Hammered aluminum is making a comeback and is being sought after by collectors. 

In the 1950's or before many pieces were given as wedding gifts.
The pieces scratched and dented easily, so most were stored away and not used.  It is rare to find pieces that are not scratched and often dented. 

This sweet bowl is marked Nasco, Italy.
This sweet little basket is the cutest thing ever.....It's marked Continental Trade/Hand Wrought/No.526.
Really pretty.....................
This tray was in my etsy shop and sold right away.
I think one of the biggest decisions to make about hammered aluminum is whether or not to clean it.  The above piece retained its shine while the others have a softer patina.

One website recommended cleaning with mag wheel cleaner.  I haven't tried it because I prefer it with the original patina. 

What did you find this week.  I'm going bloghopping to find out!



Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Morning Sissie! You got yourself 2 lovely pieces there. I especially love the sweet basket. I don't think I would clean them either, unless they were in really bad shape; but these 2 pieces look wonderful. Have a great day!!

Mary Ellen said...

Sissie that is so funny- I found a little basket like yours Saturday too! I is a little different as it has a bowl insert= didn't need it for anything but it was too cute to leave!

Bee Blessed

Ps did you make a new header? It is lovely- I usually read all my fav blogs with Google reader so don't always see the changes.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Oooooooo, I am so hooked on the hammered aluminum. Are you going to put these for sale in your Etsy shop? I am feeling the "urge" to get more of this hammered loveliness *smile*


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What beautiful pieces...the tray is my fav! Come by and enter my cute giveaway...I think you will luv it:)


Jane said...

Beautiful pieces. I see quite a bit of hammered aluminum when I am out thrifting. I haven't picked any pieces up but maybe I should if it's making a comeback! My husband will be thrilled when I start with a new collection :-)
Have a wonderful day.

My name is PJ. said...

It's beautiful...and don't you know I went over to your shop to see what was there this morning.

I've been eying that mirror forever it seems. I just can't think of where I'd put it. I have one other that was my great-grandmother's and is nowhere near as pretty as the one in your shop.

The Floppy Cow said...

Very nice finds. The tray really makes me smile,so gorgeous.

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Very nice finds, Sissie!! I sure hope it doesn't rain this Saturday as I already have a printout of where the garage sales are going to be, LOL


The Tablescaper said...

Great finds. The first peice you showed, the bowl, had such lovely raised detail. I love the tray and am not surprised it went so fast. Plus trays are such a great peice when putting vignettes together. I have quite a few of these aluminum peices. I tend to use them outside. They don't break and add a great touch to an outdoor event. I never thought about polishing them, hmmm...maybe.
Have a great day and good luck with your continued treasure hunts.

- The Tablescsaper

Debra@Common Ground said...

Glad to hear it's coming back. I have several pieces from my grandmother and I've always liked it! That last tray is amazing!
Have a wonderful day,

Linda said...

You did find some beautiful pieces! Most of mine are well used, dented and LOTS of patina. I may try to clean one piece and see if I like it.

Blondie's Journal said...

You do pick up the nicest things, Sissie. I love the pieces you just found (busy lady once again!!). And I noticed you gave us another beautiful view of your living room. Love it!!

Hope you are having a wonderful week! :-)


Creations By Cindy said...

So pretty! Love it all. Be blessed. Cindy

Paula said...

Dear Sissie,

I love your beautiful finds! Thanks so much for sharing! Lovely photos!
Love, Paula

Preemie Donna said...

Great finds..

Rebecca said...

I've been missing you sweets! I just returned from TN with a UHaul filled with treasures. No hammered pieces though...mostly furniture!

I have lots to catch up on.


Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Sissie, You found some sweet pieces there! I can't remember that I've ever seen hammered aluminum in Germany but I'll keep an eye open in the future. It rained here on Sunday, so I didn't go to the flea market. Hopefully the weather will be nicer next Sunday since I would like to do some treasure hunting.
Have a lovely day!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Sissie, looks like you had a great time, and found some wonderful treasures, they look so pretty!!!
Hugs~~ Daphne

raggygirlvintage said...

Sounds like a fun way to spend your Sunday afternoons Sissie, and I love the treasures you found this time around. I personally don't clean too much, the patina is what gives the vintage quality, but I guess it's a case of personal preference and where you plan to use the piece:-)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I don't know anything about hammered aluminium, Sissie, but these are beautiful pieces. I like the way they look as is, too.

Riet said...

Hi Sissie. You find the most beautiful things. I esopeccialy love that tray. Gorgeous.


always love popping in here to look at whatever it is that you might have posted, because my dear Sissie, it is always wonderful, and beautiful, and exceptional~..

love the italian piece! but then again I love anything italian! lol

ciao bella
creative carmelina was here!

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

Those pieces are beautiful! I loooove them! I have several that were my mama's. My parents married in 1948, so this was at the time my parents were setting up housekeeping.

Sissie, I don't know if you even fool around with blog awards, but I honored you at my place! Mainly I just wanted any of my readers that weren't already a friend of yours to find you and drop in! I always enjoy my visits here!

big hug!

Kendall said...

Sissie -- These pieces are absolutely beautiful. I love the embossing and how delicate it looks. Beautiful finds! Thanks for linking up to Shop The House Sunday this week!

Diane said...

These are among the prettiest I've ever seen, Sissie. Most are very common designs and no where near as shiny. You did good!


KATHY said...

Hi, you found some beautiful pieces!! They are so pretty...Kathy

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

You did good Sissie!
I have a couple pieces myself. They were my Grandmothers, I like the dull look myself. Probaly because I don't like to polish silver! I'm dying to go to an auction, I've never been. Knowing me I'd spend 200. on a plate or something, just cuz I'd want to be the winner. Lisa

Dorthe said...

you had some lucky finds,
the basket is wonderfull, are you keeping it for yourself,Dear?So miss going to auktions and fleamarkets, but no one is up here yet.
Smiles and hugs, from me.

Cathy said...

What wonderful finds...soooo beautiful!

I hope you are having a wonderful spring afternoon!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what wonderful pieces. I love them. They have such beautiful details and are so different. Great finds. Hugs, Marty

Nancy said...

Those are beautiful pieces. I'm glad you had the winning bid! Aren't auctions fun? Good luck on all your treasure hunting!


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Great auction finds! Hubby and I were just talking about the aluminum drinking glasses and trays that were so popular in the 1950s. Both our mothers owned a set. We went antiquing in Williamsburg last weekend and I saw quite a few aluminum pieces. You are right, that they are making a comeback.

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

HAHAHA That's a good one HAHAHA....Oh you and your sister are so funny!
Thank you for stopping by at my blog! You rock and i love your blog and your cute personality!
Have a wonderful day!

Roseanna said...

Hi, I love the hammered aluminum platter...pretty sure there is some of this stuff in my basement. I am not sure where it came from! Great blog, I found you through LemonyRenee...

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