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Novelty silver such as these bear peppers make a great gift

Updated: May 2

Antique pieces of novelty silver are renowned for their one of a kind style and design. They are sold for their uniqueness and humour. In fact some are specifically designed to have no practical purpose except for fun.


Animal-related antiques are also a popular novelty gift. Animals are widely loved, and so it is really no surprise that there are a plethora of . There are many different types of novelty silver but the most collectable ones tend to be small or miniature ones. A wonderful addition to any home, being both charming and interesting. An excellent conversation starter!


In the 19th century, there was an abundance of newly rich middle classes. Clever silversmiths were aware of this and capitalised on it by creating countless novelties and fripperies to amuse them. Functional items became novelty items such as salt cellars, vesta cases or scent bottles. These were disguised as animals, boats or kitchen items to name a few. The more outlandish, the better! This enthusiasm for the novel lasted well into the 20th century, where collectors amassed large quantities of whimsical objects.


Animal-related antiques are also a popular novelty gift. Animals are widely loved, and so it is really no surprise that there is a plethora of interesting animal antiques that will be brilliant gifts for a loved one eg napkin rings in the form of a horseshoe. Dogs are a regular feature of unique silver pieces, so there are plenty of options available for dog-lovers out there.


While many collectors of silver buy only a certain item or from a specific maker, novelty silver is an ideal gift for those with no history of collection. From the small pieces of silver that make brilliant Christmas gifts, to quirky pieces that might resonate with one specific person. Silver can be a much valued and memorable gift.

Antique pieces of novelty silver are renowned for their one of a kind style and design. They are sold for their uniqueness and humour. In fact, some are specifically designed to have no practical purpose


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