I love the hammered aluminum pieces that were so popular during the 1950's. I started to see them in Antique/Vintage malls a few years ago and the prices on them were more then I wanted to pay. I have been lucky to find several pieces at Thrift Shops and use them often. Since I am still 'on the road' I have this one piece that I found at a Goodwill in Houston, TX.
This piece is not in the best condition, but I love the lid
This looks to be a Rodney Kent piece with a tulip finial
So many of these pieces were not marked and it takes some research to try to find out makers. I love the look of these pieces and the different designs on them. I will do another post soon showing you more of my collection.
Today's 'trivia' information is how to clean these aluminum finds.
As with so many things cleaning is a matter of taste. These are not expensive items so use your own judgment in cleaning. Once the patina is gone it takes years to build back up. That said some folks like the shiny look that can be brought back with some work.
- Wash your pieces by hand using warm water and mild dish soap
- Shine the surface of the aluminum with a steel wool pad or a soapy scouring pad like Brillo or SOS
- If your pieces has a lot of patina many folks swear by mag wheel polish sold in auto parts store to achieve a bright shiny look.
So for $1.99 this was a great find
Now be sure to go and visit
TROY for Tuesday Trivia Tie-In
DIANE for 2nd Time Around and
LINDA for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
I can't wait to get home tomorrow!!