THE BEAUTY AND FUNCTIONALITY OF COPPER HAS A PROFOUND PAST AND PRESENT

By: John Hogan

The beauty and functionality of copper has been with us since its earliest discovery which was about 9000 BC. in the Middle East.

Geo. Sparrow, Canadian Antique Copper Candy Maker, C. 1900

GEORGE SPARROW CANDY MAKER WARMING BOWL

GEORGE SPARROW CANADIAN COPPERSMITH MARK

As for its usage it has a history over ten thousand years old. It is a naturally occurring un-compounded natural mineral that is found not far beneath the Earth's crust in many countries of the world as old as civilization. It is also found in all forms of organic life. It is not a man-made substance or alloy but has been excavated by mankind for many centuries and used to his advantage.

It has been used in coinage, weapons, utilitarian vessels, roofing, sculptures and jewelry. It is a relatively soft metal that can be easily sculptured to man's desires. Great architecture has copper accents such as we see in steeples of churches and other buildings. The roofing on many old buildings is also made from copper. Beautiful sculptures like the Statue of Liberty is made of copper. Some of the wonderful ancient coinage of the world has been made from copper. Weapons of defense have been made from copper. Ancient and present day jewelry has been made from copper. As decorative items, copper always adds a warmth and glow to any surroundings whether it is a rustic environment or contemporary modernism environment. Items may range from jardinieres, sculptures, coal scuttles all the way to designer jewelry.


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