Welcome to the website of the Antique Metalware Society (AMS). Past users of the website will notice several improvements and enhancements, the main difference being the inclusion of a gallery of items, described below; more new features will be added in the future. Members of the AMS are urged to register with the website (via the Members menu item above) so that they can be accredited with Society membership and have their access privileges upgraded to allow full use of the website’s features.
The Society’s aim is to increase the knowledge and promote the appreciation of base metal objects of all kinds and historical periods. “The term “base metal” encompasses a whole variety of non-precious metals, including copper, brass, iron, bronze, steel, nickel, zinc and lead, which have played a vital part in the development of human society since the earliest times..” Unlike precious metals, these humbler materials were closely involved at every level of society and in every aspect of daily life. Surviving artefacts from different historical periods, ranging from distant antiquity to times still within living memory, are a source of informative, fascinating and often surprising insights into the everyday lives of our forebears.
This website contains an exhibition designed to display examples of base metal items that represent the interests of members of the Antique Metalware Society. Clicking this link to “TouchBase 2016” will display items which were first presented in the Society’s on-line exhibition, “Touch Base”, during 2016.
Joining the AMS is easy, inexpensive and also permits additional website functionality including viewing past copies of the Society’s newsletters and feature items published occasionally. To join, please follow the link or menu item, Join Us!