What's for sale?
This is an early 20th century, copper and brass kettle by WMF of Germany. The look is a mix of Jugendstil, the German interpretation of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. It has similarities to some earlier designs by Albin Müller, an influential architect and designer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The top half is a nice, rounded shape with a large looped handle and a smaller loop on the lid. The spout is riveted on and has a flat top, level with the top of the body. Two parallel, wavy lines follow the circumference, just above the bottom half, which is straight-sided and embossed with a repeating pattern of diamonds or stars.
It is an attractive piece but still a a functional design. It has rattan on the handles and lid for heat protection, and the inside has been lined with tin for food use. Unusually, the lid hinges to the side, which left-handed people may not like, but it allows the handle to connect high up on the body.
Who made it and when?
It was made by the German metal ware manufacturer WMF (Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik). The maker's mark on the base is a plain rhombus with running ostrich and dates it between 1925 and 1930.
What condition is it in?
- In good condition
- It looks like it has been used a lot, so there are many marks and scratches
- There is a small, round dent from a pointed object on the top half below the hinge
- There is a shallow crease high up, on the opposite side
- The base is slightly out of shape
- The colour of the copper changes where heat has been applied
- The rattan is intact
- The hinge and lid work well
What are the measurements?
- 15.5cm high
- 19.5cm from spout to handle
- 13cm in diameter at the base
- 470 grams
- capacity is around 1.3 litres
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