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The Copper Craze

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

The Copper Craze

It seems that pumpkins and fall decor are not the only items caught up in the Copper Craze!

Copper is showing up in every facet of our lives from ceilings to floor tiles. But wait a minute. Copper is one of the oldest chemical elements used by humans, dating back more than 10,000 years. It was the first metal to be smelted from sulfide ores, cast into a mold, and alloyed with another metal, tin, to create bronze. Copper was used as a substitute for stone by Neolithic man around 8000 BC. A copper pendant found in northern Iraq is one of the earliest evidence of copper use, from about 8700 BC. So why is it everywhere, front and center today?

One reason for this resurgence in popularity can be attributed to several factors, including their unique designs, durability, and historical significance. Copper kettles started showing up in Antique Auctions commanding very high prices, and from then, it spread like wildfire.

Many collectors see copper kettles as works of art, with intricate details and designs that make them stand out from other household items. They also have a sense of timelessness, as some copper kettles have been passed down from generation to generation, making them a piece of family history.

Copper kettles are also known for their durability, as copper is a sturdy metal that can withstand high temperatures and corrosion. This is why many antique copper kettles are still in great condition, even after being used for hundreds of years.

Another reason for the resurgence of copper is that it is a "green" chemical element. One of the factors driving this steep rise in demand is copper’s applications in the healthcare industry. The metal forms an essential part of various medical devices, thanks to it being non-flammable, highly conductive, and antibacterial.

Finally, copper kettles have historical significance, as they were a staple in homes and businesses during the 18th and 19th centuries. Owning an antique copper kettle can be seen as a way of preserving a piece of history and connecting with the past.

Overall, the copper craze sweeping the collectibles industry is a fascinating phenomenon, as it highlights the enduring appeal of these iconic metal containers. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or simply fascinated by the history and beauty of copper kettles, there’s no denying their timeless allure.

The Copper Craze is Everywhere

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A Tour Of The Mauviel Copper Factory in France

To learn more about how copper pots are made, David Lebowitz toured Mauviel's factory in France and wrote a wonderful article about his tour. Mauviel has been making copper cookware since 1830. At the end of his article is a list of links with even more information.

This may give you a better understanding why copper pots hold their value, Click here to read and see photos of the production from David's excursion. Please note that Mauviel does not generally do tours.

Collecting Copper

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My family enjoyed and valued copper, but I personally fell in love when in high school, I bought a pendant made of copper that I still get compliments on when I wear it today. That led to my modest collection over the years. One of my first kitchen pieces looks like a very large ladle. I use it to make meringue because making it in a copper pot with give twice the yield. And I simply can't walk by copper scoops, utensils or other small items without taking one or more home. Maybe I lived in France in a previous life. Maybe I will live in France one day with a real Country French kitchen. Oh, well, enough daydreaming.

With the Copper Craze in full swing today, you can't go wrong with scooping up copper. If nothing else, you can appreciate and enjoy its beauty, and later pass it along to the next generation, or give it to a special friend one day.




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The Copper Craze. Check it out!

What better place to search for copper collectibles, furniture and accessories, and everything from fashions to handmade jewelry, than at the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market! You absolutely never know what you may find there! You may discover something you grew up with that not only brings back memories, but you can transform into a heart warming pleasure for you now.

The Market is open the 3rd weekend every month and is a glorious treasure hunt sure to delight.

Note: Beginning in 2024, the Market will be open the 1st weekend every month.

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