Victorian coal buckets do not get more appealing that this one. Not only has its hand-fashioned manufacture brought out the best features of this type of functional household item, but also has made this one particularly decorative.
There are numerous rows of copper studs that are an important part of the design. The studs seem to hold in place the sheets of copper, and after these rivets were applied the metal worker created decorative patterns around each one. The prominent hand-rolled top is especially nice in this example.
The handles were made of cast brass and show creativity in their design. There are large shapes resembling leaves that the handle was riveted onto and through the copper bin. These are highly decorative as well and allow the user to easily move around this heavy piece of metal work. The patina of both the copper and the brass on this piece is especially beautiful, having acquired soft glows from polishing over the years.
Yet one of the most noticeable elements of this coal bucket are the unusual cast brass feet. These large feet were made to resemble and animals, with five toes, each with nails. The feet were attached to the coal bin by the use of copper rivets.
The condition is excellent, especially for its age and usage.
With its large-scale and imposing presence, wonderful riveting and engraving, embellished cast brass handles, super cast-brass animal-paw feet, fine condition and nice patina, this is a superb example of Victorian metalwork.
It measures 16 inches from handle to handle, although the three splayed copper feet give it a larger total diameter. It is 12-1/2 inches high.
19th Century Victorian Copper and Brass Coal Bucket