Ornamental brassware describes brassware that serves an ornamental purpose. A number of locations have a reputation for producing fine ornamental brassware, including Benares and Dinant, Belgium. Brassware has been produced since the fourth century BC when the Egyptians and Chaldeans started working copper.

dinanderie,  type of late medieval brass ware made in and around Dinant, Belg.

Brass does not appear to have been used extensively in Europe until the 11th or 12th century, when a considerable industry was established in the Low Countries in the district near the Meuse (Maas) River. By the 15th century its centre, Dinant, had become a prosperous town the name of which was synonymous with excellent brass ware. Included in the production were such domestic articles as ewers, fire irons, candlesticks, dishes, and basins and such ecclesiastical objects as censers, aquamaniles, fonts, and lecterns.

Brassware, 1920, France, H 30 cm

Brassware, 1920, France, H 30 cm