Antique Copper Bed Warmer with Turned Wooden handle, with some wear, H:45" Diameter of Warmer with chasing detail: 12 1/4". Copper was one of the first metal mined and crafted by man, and has been the most important one in the oldest times of history, because it was available in great quantities and was initially extractable almost at the surface of ground. In addition, it was suitable to craft weapons and tools, art objects and ornaments. The first copper works were made by cutting, curving and hammering with a stone stroker on a stone anvil. The old blacksmiths made an important discovery: metal hardens under prolonged hammering, but can be brought back to its initial ductility by heating (re-cooking process) with no change in shape. Many ancient objects were manufactured through alternate cycles of hammering and cooking, with a final hammering to obtain the necessary hardness. Throughout history Copper continued to be used mainly for household objects. Working techniques remained almost unchanged over the centuries, while the shapes were continuously improved to fit with the evolution of lifestyle. Its properties, discovered and appreciated by our ancient ancestors, are still very much in vogue in today's use and function of practical cookware and decorative use. LifestyleAntiques.com is the web site where one can shop on line or if you are in the area we are an antique dealer in Summerland, California just 3 minutes south of Santa Barbara. Specializing in European Antique Furniture and our accent is antique lighting for your home, or office with handmade parchment shades adorning the selection of unique lamps. We specialize in Decorative Arts and French furniture as well as antique furniture from Spain and Italy, you will find the shop warm and inviting.
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