Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rodney Kent Hammered Aluminum

Do you like Hammered Aluminum?
It still seems to be an inexpensive collectible
I have found all my pieces thrifting and I have also been gifted with a few
Today I'm showing you a piece made by 
Rodney Kent a well know maker
This is a small piece and was used to hold coasters. 
 Maybe one day I'll find the matching coasters to go with it. The handle is my favorite part.
Another Rodney Kent piece I have
Is this lidded casserole holder with the tulip handle
While this piece is not in great shape I still love the design on it

Cleaning Hammered Aluminum
this is what I found
The easiest way I've found to clean them is to just spray them with an orange cleaner.  Spray it on then just let it soak for a few minutes.  In a moment your vintage aluminum serving pieces should rinse off shiny and bright. 

A good grease cutter and a soft sponge will work if you don't have orange spray.  Or use plain lemon juice and let it soak for a few minutes.

DO NOT use any kind of scrubbers or abrasive polishes.  Even salt will scratch the finish off your aluminum if you aren't careful.

I have other Hammered Aluminum pieces  I would love to share with you in a future post

Today I'm joining:

Check out my post on Viewing My World as I join in the Thrifty Living Project 2012

Hugs,
Linda

42 comments:

Pondside said...

How interesting! I have only one aluminum piece that came to Canada with my MIL in the 50's - it's a ladle. I'll bet your covered casserole is a real find!

DearHelenHartman said...

So sweet. Have one aluminum serving tray that I have used as a dresser tray but never thought much about cleaning it (I just dust so far). Thanks!

Mom Walds Place said...

I really like hammered aluminum, especially more unique pieces like yours. There is only one piece left here at my place, the rest were sold. It escaped, because it was holding items.

Gina said...

Such pretty pieces! I've come across aluminum pieces like this but I never knew what they were called. Maybe my Mom has/had one?

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are wonderful pieces! And it's nice to know how to clean them properly! I go crazy cleaning things when I get them home! lol ♥

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love hammered aluminum! Great pieces, they are good sellers in my booth!

Carol

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

That covered casserole is so pretty! I'll keep my eye out for coasters. :@

suzieQ said...

Oh, I love hammered aluminum and I have that holder with the coasters. I have many trays and a few casseroles. Thanks for the cleaning tip, I haven't found many great hints on line...I think I am going to try your hint right now, thanks. Happy hunting to you.

Sue said...

Beautiful piece!

=)

bj said...

Many years ago, my mother started collecting hammered aluminum but her's was mostly cookware. She gave me several pieces. Then, I read that it was dangerous to cook with...so I got rid of all mine except a pitcher. Mine wasn't pretty like yours, tho. :)

Adding a couple teaspoons of pure vanilla makes nearly all the muffin mixes taste a lot better. :) These were good.

LV said...

Most of the aluminum pieces I have seen were never this pretty. The designs are great.

Chatty Crone said...

I have always wanted a bracelet out of that.

I have your new blog button on my blog.

sandie♥

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Luckily I was smart enough to keep my Mom's and Grandmother's, I have the one with the tulip on it! It was my Mom's a wedding present I think.
I do like it and have some serving trays too. Thanks for the cleaning tips!

Keetha Broyles said...

My parents used to have a hammered aluminum tray - - - wonder what happened to that thing!?

Maple Lane said...

I came back and now I can comment! Now that I've had time to think, we have an ice bucket in what looks like hammered aluminum that belonged to hubby's parents. I've signed on as a follower. Hope you have a nice weekend, Linda.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love your aluminum pieces, Linda! I have never seen one like the coaster holder!

Coloradolady said...

These are pretty pieces! I have one small serving piece, but that is all. I love yours. Happy VTT

Shelia said...

Hi Linda! Oh, that is a pretty piece you have! I have an ice bucket that I love but I didn't know how to clean it! Thanks for telling us.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susan said...

Hi Linda..Can't say I have any hammered aluminum but I have bought a couple of pieces I gave away as gifts.

Thanks for your visit to my blog and your comment, too. You are a faithful Follower. Take care. Susan

jojo said...

I have one piece that is similar to your coaster holder. I'm not sure what it was used for. I don't even remember where I found it but I don't think I've seen them around here while thrifting. Would love to see more! Thanks for the cleaning tips...take care.

dannie woodard said...

As a collector of hammered aluminum for over 40 years, I was delighted to see so many comments on this post.
I'll add a tiny bit to the cleaning info. Although abrasives such as cleaning pads, do scratch aluminum, fine steel wool (0000) will rub them out. Also, a cleaner called "Mothers", found in auto stores does an excellent job of restoring the original beauty.
I have a blog, the Aluminist, with lots of photos and pictures and more information. Y'all come see me.
Dannie

The Decorative Dreamer said...

I love hammered aluminum but do not have any. I have bought my mother a few things over the years at the craft shows. They are new and I hadn't really realized this was a long lost art. LOL! Mostly I am attracted to pieces with the dogwood design. Your collection is so pretty! I will have to pay closer attention at antique stores now too!

JunqueMagnet said...

I have that set sitting next to the sofa now. Small kids love to teeth on the coasters and bang them around. I collected Rodney Kent for ages and then he got popular and it was over. It seems like prices have become more reasonable again. I got bored and sold most of it a while back!

BECKY said...

Hi Linda! I'm so sorry I've been absent lately. Just too much going on, I guess. But ya know I'm always thinkin' of ya, right?!
And hey, I think I have a little tray of hammered aluminum. It was my mom's and I remember it as a kid. I'm so glad I have it!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I love hammered aluminum and have several pieces. I have a tray that has handles similar to your coaster caddy handle, unfortunately my tray is not marked. Boohoo!!! Thanks for the cleaning tips!!!

Babs said...

Linda, Your hammered aluminum pieces are so pretty. I see pieces at antique malls a lot. Thanks for the tips on cleaning. I have a couple of pieces but no idea who the design artist is/was. Are the Rodney Kent pieces marked with his name or mark?
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend,
Babs

Melody said...

Hi Linda! I love the hand-wrought aluminum of the 40's. My Grandma got me started collecting when I was 10 starting with her Rodney Kent Casserole like yours. I have over 75 pieces and adding..LOL One time I was at an antique mall in northern Ohio and they had a huge tea cart in a woodland design with deer on the top..legs looked like wood......of course I could not afford that piece. But I love the stuff! Happy hunting

Diann said...

Love aluminum! I have the rose pattern bowl and I have the same design first piece you showed except it is a larger size. More like a candy dish size. I love them and think aluminum is a great collector item. Because like you said, it is still affordable. Thank you for sharing with us at TTF and I hope you ahve a great weekend!

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Scarlett said...

Wow these are so lovely, i hope you come across the coasters too on your travels :o) Scarlett x

Lynn said...

What pretty pieces. I remember my husband's grandma had several pieces of decorative aluminum like yours. I don't know what happened to them :( Have a good weekend and thanks for the cleaning tips.
Lynn
www.cottageandcreek.com

Ames said...

Hi Linda! I see all kinds of hammered aluminum while out and about. I just don't have the room to start collecting it. I always liked the pewter items too, but still no room to bring them home.I do like collections of things displayed in my home.
I've joined up with Diann this week, so stop by and check out my bargains!~Ames

Sue said...

Hi there....I gave you a piece of aluminum I think??
I have a piece of hammered copper waiting for you if we ever get to get together....Denise Dad just died today so we have to go up near Gainsville for the funeral on Monday.....maybe once things settle down with her we can finally have that holiday lunch!!

Kathleen said...

I have a few pieces from my mom, and coasters! She always used to put them on the floor for the gkids to play with! She didnt keep toys around! :)

The Tablescaper said...

You have a beautiful collection. I have some hammered aluminum, but I rarely used it. It's beautiful and should be used.

- The Tablescaper

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

I do not see too many of those pieces around. I do like them though Linda. I am not sure there are any pieces you do not own! Have a great weekend.

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Another great piece. I've had a few pieces that sold in my booth. I wish I'd thought to look up your good cleaning tips.

I think they are neat deco pieces, but I'm always leary of using them for any food items. Are they food safe?

Have a great weekend!!1

Cindy said...

I love hammered aluminum and have a large collection!

Honey at 2805 said...

What lovely pieces, Linda! Thank you for sharing this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday!

Bliss said...

Hello Linda. Stopping over after you s posted on my blog. I too have a bunch of hammered aluminum. I started collecting it about 18 years ago, and now it's been under the stairs in a box for the past 8. I think I'm going to get it out and see what I can come up with for it. If nothing else some of the pieces will make a good blog post like yours!

~Bliss~

One Gal's Trash said...

Love the stuff!...especially the floral ones. Last summer I found a tray with a ship, sold it, and now wish I hadn't. Oh well, guess I'll have to search for another! ;)
Pam

Moderne Shellac said...

Are the casseroles suitable to cook in?