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Collectible Rodney Kent Vintage Hammered Aluminum Retro Kitchen and Tablewares

Updated on March 17, 2017

Rodney Kent Sparkling Hammered Aluminum Servers and Decorative Tablewear

Rodney Kent sparkling hammered aluminum kitchenwares and serving pieces. Yet to be discovered by mainstream collectors, hammered aluminum is enjoyed by a small cult following. His is most famous for his Tulips pattern. Many pieces are decorated with tulip flower tops or with ribbons and blooming tulips hammered into the design. Rare pieces are beginning to fetch higher auction prices as collectors are just beginning to come under the spell of Rodney Kent.

Collectible Hammered Aluminum

When aluminum was a new miracle metal, silversmiths and other metalworkers turned their talents to this beautiful, shiny material. Aluminum is lightweight, durable and practical. It is safe for an outdoor picnic by the pool yet graceful enough for an elegant dinner.

Aluminum is one of those collectibles that has a small cult following, but hasn't been discovered yet so prices are still low.

My advice is to 'collect what you love' and don't worry about the resale value right now. These little gems are under-appreciated so they sell low. If people want to consider them 'old' and 'junky' that just means more for us! I'm always very happy to find a beautiful, neglected piece priced at a few dollars then come home and wash it up all shiny and new.

Rodney Kent is most famous for his Tulip and Ribbons patterns. I have seen his work as serving trays, bread trays, baskets for nuts and a myriad of other shapes.

Another worthy rival is the Continental Co, which is famous for using chrysanthemum flowers with ornate scrolling leaves etched in relief, or sculpted to his wares.

Most older pieces are marked 'hand wrought' and have a bumpy, hammered texture. All are beautiful and functional.

Are you nutty for Rodney Kent hammered aluminum?

Tell me your favorite pieces (whether you use them or not). Later I'm going to do another poll on which ones you use the most!

Which are your favorite pieces?

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How do you use your hammered aluminum?

Do you use your hammered aluminum serving pieces or is it strictly hands off?

Do you use your pieces or is it strictly hands off?

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Sign my guestbook and let me know what your favorite pieces are. What are you collecting? What are you looking for?

I cannot help you decide what your piece is worth -- I'm just here to help you appreciate its beauty!

© 2008 Laura

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you so much for putting this site together. I am an avid Goodwill, auction, and bargain hunter and keep running into these beautiful Rodney Kent creations. I bought a beautiful serving tray last year- my first piece. Yesterday, I went shopping and found a chafing set and I immediately knew- it was another Rodney Kent.

      Is there anywhere I can look for pricing? I'm curious how much these two pieces are worth. I'm disappointed to see that on Ebay, they are both less than $10!

      Thank you again for your help,

      Crystal Adamosky

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      Laura 8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hammered aluminum is still an under-appreciated collectible so prices are extremely affordable. Just stock up now before they get popular!

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      CollectorsCottage 8 years ago

      Very nice lens - 5 stars! I have a large round hammered aluminum tray of my grandmother's that I use as a wall decoration. I'll have to check and see if it's a Rodney Kent pattern. Does he put any kind of mark on the back to indicate it's his work? Welcome to the Collector Clubs group!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have a wide assortment of aluminum pieces and need to sell them as we will be moving next year to much smaller quarters. any advice on how not to get rooked?

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from France

      [in reply to Karen Hill] You might be able to get the finish back with something like T Cut which is an extremely fine abrasive cream, typically used to polish a paint finish on a car which has become oxidized. Before you use it on your Dutch oven though, I would try it out on a piece of scrap or maybe on the underside which is out of sight just in case it does not have the desired affect, could possibly make things worse so be cautious.

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from France

      Welcome to the Interior Design, Soft furnishings and Decor Group, this is a very nice lens and is well presented.

      It's interesting that you say hammered aluminum became popular in the 40's and 50's because I learned during my studies that a lot of designers adopted aluminum as a material because of the glut of the material that was available after the 2nd world war, basically all the aircraft that were decommissioned and scrapped gave a ready supply of the material.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have got a candy dish that was my mother's. She and my Dad got it for a wedding present in 1934. I would like to know how much it's worth now.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I found a coaster set at my end-laws estate sale. Has tag still on it, and on bottom below the name it has 464. Other than this I don't know anything about it, year price anything? Please let me hear from you. Thanks, Susan

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have a beautiful hat band made of aluminum and can't find anything to help me find it's value. It's just the right size to put on a cowboy or cowgirl hat and has a Native American theme or motif. Can you direct me to a website that has such items? Or do you know anything about such an item? Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I use liquid rust remover to clean my hammered aluminum.

      WOW quick fast and simple....

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I began collecting aluminum pieces when I saw one at an Auction. I am nuts over it now. I just bought a piece that is Rodney Kent. the number on the back is 419. It is a 2 tier tray with tulips on the bottom and the arms up to the smaller tray are pansys. Can you tell me anything about it?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      O my gosh you sound like me ! My journey began when I decided that I just had to have a set of vintage tumblers. Growing up it seemed that we were the only family on the planet that did not have a set. I got my set , fell in love with aluminum , and here I am. I collect hammered and also polished heavy aluminum. So far I have yet to meet anyone who shares my passion , which is just fine with me .I collect to use and enjoy.Yes , it is a wonderful bonus that it is still cheap. That will change soon enough , but I am determined to have a large collection before then.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: If you are interested in buying my Rodney Kent Hammered Aluminum beautiful oval dish with engraved flowers on the handles, or rectangle tulip tray, or casserole dishes .... let me know. kskrupa@aol.com

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a Rodney Kent hand wrought hammered silver bowl with silver ribbon handles - no. 415. Anyone know any more about it?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I have that same one and would like to know more about it. Have you found out anything?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a Hand Wrought Rodney Kent Silver 452, what I think is a candy dish with tulip lid. I have seen all kinds of Rodney Kent pieces but none are marked with 452. Does anyone know anything about this piece?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a Continental hand wrought silverlook 518. It is a round serving plate with acorns and leaves on a turnable pedestal. It also has an open rose on each side which may hold a small candle or just be decorative. How can I find out more about this piece and it's price?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love my grandmoms hand wrought...wait for it...aluminum bracelet. A one of a kind wrap/latch bracelet withblue lapis acorns.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have A Trade Continental mark tray and coverwitha beautiful flower and detailed leaf designed handles. #534 Can you tell inform me about its value?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a Continental trade mark hand wrought hammered aluminum large platter stamped 1074 and decorated with scalloped edge and detailed leaves with a set of three acorns attached to every other leaf, does any one know the time period and worth?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I can't resist the Rodney Kent Tulip pieces. I've collected many over the past few years. It was so exciting to be on the 127 World's Largest Yard Sale to find a handled casserole with lid, as well as a napkin holder...at bargain prices! Thanks for your tip on cleaning.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am getting ready to do a yard sale next summer, and save everything! I came across a platter that I fell for that has the 'mum' hammered into it with beautiful leaves on the handles. The # is 735 amd after reading your page, I have come even more attached to it! Thank you for being out there, when I was beginning to think that I DO collect too much fun stuff! Can you give me any info on this piece? Thanks again!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a tray w/ handle that has an bull elk with cows on it and a number of 535. any info?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a Continental Hana Wrought SilverLook #505 piece that was my grandmother's. Not sure what it is or how it was used. It has the appearance of a 8 inch sauce pan with handle and hinged lid. The lid has a detailed single flower pattern and you open the lid by pushed down on a leaf that rises out of the lid. Anybody know what this might have been used for. It is in beautiful condition.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have Continental Hana Wrought SilverLook #505 piece of my grandmother's. Not sure how it was used or what it is. It has the appearance of a 8" saucepan with hinged lid. The lid has a detailed single flower pattern. The lid opens by pushing on a leaf that rises from the lid. Any ideas as to what it is? It is in beautiful condition.

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      Laura 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Barbara;

      It sounds like you have a crumb duster. They were used to collect crumbs from the dinner table and it would still look nice sitting out in front of your dinner company.

      Sometimes you can find the brush that came with them; usually a small, long brush that fits in your hand with no handle. They should have matching hammered finish and perhaps some floral work. The bristles are usually black, possibly made of horse hair. But brushes are rare to see since they get separated from the duster and / or people don't know what they are used for.

      It sound like you have a little gem! It might look nice hanging on a wall in the kitchen or dining room.

      Sorry for the delay in posting your comment. I had to turn on comment moderation after I got hit with a rash of spammers.

      Thank you for writing in and sharing your treasures with us!

      -Laura

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Laura, thank you for the information. It makes the piece that much more special now that I understand what my Grandmother used it for. A little piece of "elegance".

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Love the stuff, thanks for sharing!

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      resabi 6 years ago

      I'd never heard of rodney Kent hammered aluminum, so thank you for the education! This is clearly a good resource page -- it's great that you are able to answer reader questions about their finds.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hello,

      Found your site and have a question. I have around 45 pieces of aluminum in the chrysanthemum pattern. I am possibly interested in selling it. Any suggestions?

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      Laura 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Jeff (and others) I would let the internet marketplace be your guide when pricing vintage aluminum. And remember the adage to collect what you love, not what you think will fund your kids education one day. In general, I would think it is better to keep an entire set together especially if they all match. Enjoy your set!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just discovered your site and I am going to Bookmark it. I guess I started 'collecting' by accident. I have a couple of the Rodney Kent pieces that I picked up at a yard sale. Why turn down something so pretty for only a dollar, right? I have two of the tuilip trays. I pick pieces up when I see them and if they catch my eye, but I don't agressively seek it out. My last three pieces were placed in the dishwasher by my dear hubbie. Now they are dark...tarnished looking. I am going to give that orange spray a shot, but if you have an idea how to bring back the shine, I surely would like to know about it! I can't wait until I have time to learn more about this great 'almost collectible'. The craftsmanship is what first caught my attention.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: What you have is a "silent butler". When entertaining company, in the days of smoking, the hostess emptied the ashtrays into the "silent butler.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'M TRYG TO FIND A LIST OF ITEMS MADE BY THE RODNEY kENT CO SO I CAN SEE WHAT PIECES I STILL NEED TO COLLECT. DO U HV AND IDEAS WHERE I MIGHT FIND IT? THANKS

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: silent buttler

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I saw a piece of Rodney Kent, a covered casserole dish, but one of the tulip petals was gone. Should I get it anyway? I have a large tray by Everlast. Around the outside edge are deer, ducks, cows and fish. I use it often. I also have an unusual piece by Farberware that has a bowl center with a 2" flat edge. What might that be for?

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      Carolyn 24 months ago from CA

      Going thru my Mom's and Grandma's collections of pewter and aluminum, trying to get ideas on the value, and came across your page. Very interesting! I am presently trying to find pics of items in the collections, but so far have found nothing like what I have inherited. The collections started around 1930's, beginning to wonder if some of mine are either rare or just not interesting enough that people haven't posted similar pics on the web! Again, I appreciate your page.

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      Barb 22 months ago

      I am presenting a program to my Questers group on aluminumware and am learning so much about the history of the product. I love the craftsmanship and beauty of the hand wrought and hammered pieces. It is an inexpensive collection and fun to find.

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      Dannie Woodard 10 months ago

      A friend called my attention to your site, and I enjoyed reading your writing (and the responses very much. I love to see anyone promoting the fun of collecting aluminum as I used to do in my younger days when my books ((HAMMERED ALUMINUM-HANDWROUGHT COLLECTIBLES, Books I and 2)were just hitting the collecting world...and my twenty years of publishing the Aluminist newsletter. I still publish the Aluminist online, although not regularly, and would like to let collectors know about your site, if you don't mind. Is there anything special you'd like to call attention too?

      Dannie Woodard

      aluminist@sbcglobal.net

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      Jim L 8 months ago

      I have been collecting it for about 15 years or so. I got started when my mom gave me a cream and sugar set she got as a wedding gift in 1954. I probably have over 200 pieces now and always collecting!

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      cci 3 weeks ago

      I am looking for a small beautiful hammered aluminum /casserole sometimes labeled as serving piece with a tulip design by Rodney Kent. There are quite a few of these on EBAY and ETSY. Only 2 that has a pyrex dish inside. Is the hammered aluminum oven safe? i.e. to roast garlic with? or is it just a presentation piece? If I can find one that has a pyrex dish, then I can roast garlic bulbs with olive oil and butter in the pyrex dish. It is important that I can use the aluminum cover the garlic bulbs will stay moist and creamy. Thanks

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