Aluminumware sought for exhibit

Roseanne McKee
Vintage Everlast forged and hammered aluminum baking dish with lid in floral pattern is an example of the pieces requested for the hammered aluminum servingware exhibit taking place at the Fred Drummond Home in Hominy in April. Roseanne McKee/Examiner-Enterprise

HOMINY — Due to its popularity last year, the Fred Drummond Home will again have a hammered aluminumware exhibit in April.

“We appreciate all of those who loaned us their aluminumware pieces for last year’s exhibit. We need aluminum serving pieces to complete the exhibit this year as well,” said Drummond Home Manager Beverly Whitcomb.

Anyone who is willing to lend pieces is asked to contact Whitcomb at 918-885-2374 Wednesday through Saturday. Leave a message if no one answers.

All exhibit pieces lent to the Drummond Home are logged in to ensure accurate recordkeeping. Pieces borrowed for the April exhibit may be dropped off by the last week in March and picked up from the Drummond Home in early May.

Hammered, or stamped, aluminum ware was popular in the 1930s through the 1950s as an inexpensive alternative to silver.

Aluminum serving pieces were given as wedding gifts with patterns depicting chrysanthemums, tulips, bamboo, fruit, leaves and game birds. The detail is amazing and many collectors recognize this craftsmanship while appreciating its affordablility.

Although it doesn’t require polishing like silver, to optimize its beauty follow these steps. Begin by washing the aluminum piece with water and regular dish soap. Rinse with clean water. Mix cream of tartar with a small amount of water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the surface of the aluminum. Wash with regular dish soap, rinse and dry with a dish towel.

Some of the interesting pieces in last year’s exhibit were silent butlers (to collect crumbs from the dining table), nut bowls with picks, pitchers, tiered serving trays, ice buckets andcandle holders.

Items on Whitcomb’s wish list for this year’s exhibit are rare pieces such as — crumb catcher with brush, folding tray, coasters and stand, olive tray, tumblers, napkin holder, items depicting horses, boxe with anchor design, ferris wheel server and lazy susan.

The Fred Drummond Home, 305 N. Price Ave. in Hominy, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors 62+, $4 for students 6 – 18, $5 for groups of 10+, $18 for families of up to 6, free for children 5 and under, veterans, active duty military and OHS members.