I am drawn to the beauty of old aluminum ware. It was an affordable alternative to silver and silver plate that was popular in the 50's & 60's. The handles were gorgeous and a bit more modern than silver work. Perhaps it was the poor mans "silver"? It is getting harder to find in good condition due to it's light weight design and easily scratched surface. It's cost is still low and can be found at local thrift stores and garage sales. I think it is SO under valued and appreciated!