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Collectible Rodney Kent Vintage Hammered Aluminum Retro Kitchen and Tablewares
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?
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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