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SILVER NOVELTIES & CURIOS

Whether for a gift, a collection, or just for fun, silver novelties and curios offer whimsy along with function, and are expertly crafted. Since the mid Victorian period, and with the increase of wealth in Britain, silversmiths have created these astounding items to both amaze and amuse, and they have been collected and admired ever since.

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b3127b: Sterling Silver Pair Of Menu Holders

Hallmarked In 1899

Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1897 & 1899 by James Fenton, this handsome pair of Antique Sterling Silver Menu Holders, each features a cast model of the Scott Memorial to one side. Each menu holder measures 1.25"(3cm) tall, by 2.5"(6.5cm) wide, by 2"(5cm) deep, and the pair together weigh 0.8 troy ounces.

£265

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b3127a: Sterling Silver Pair Of Menu Holders

Hallmarked In 1899

Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1899 by Deely & Fisher, this charming pair of Antique Sterling Silver Menu Holders, both feature applied decoration depicting a building. Each measures 1.75"(4.5cm) tall, by 3"(7.5cm) wide. by 1.75"(4.5cm) deep, and the pair together weigh 1.6 troy ounces.

£295

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j0536: Sterling Silver 'Butter Churn' Novelty Cream Jug

Made Circa 1950

Made circa 1950 by Tiffany and Co., this novelty, Sterling Silver Cream Jug, takes the form of an antique wooden butter churn. The removable lid, with "churning" handle fits snugly into the top of the body leaving a small open spout for pouring. The cream jug measures 5.5"(14cm) tall, by 2.5"(6cm) in diameter, and weighs 7.1 troy ounces.

£445

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L3802: Sterling Silver Novelty 'Shoe' Trinket Box

Hallmarked In 1900

Carrying import marks for London in 1900, this novelty, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Trinket Box, is in the form of a shoe, with a gilt interior, a hinged lid, and chased decoration throughout. The box measures 2"(5cm) tall, by 4.5"(12cm) from toe to heel, and weighs 2.2 troy ounces.

£475

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L4373: Sterling Silver Modernist Vase

Hallmarked In 2000

Hallmarked in Birmingham in 2000 by Thistle & Bee, this stylish, Modernist design, Sterling Silver Vase, is plain in style, decorated with simple reed engraving and 3 applied bees. The vase measures 8.25"(21cm) tall, by 2"(5cm) in diameter and weighs 3.8 troy ounces.

£595

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L1965: Sterling Silver Set Of Six Clip-On Plates

Hallmarked In 1903

Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1903 by Grey & Co., this unusual, Edwardian, Antique Sterling Silver Set of Six Clip-On Plates, take the form of leaves which can be attached to your saucer or dessert plate by a hinged wishbone shaped clip. Each plate measures 5"(12.5cm) long, by 3.25"(8.5cm) wide. The set together has a weight of 7.9 troy ounces. The clip-on plates carry a registered design number, the original design drawing can be seen in the last photograph.

£695

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L1638: Sterling Silver Novelty Set Of Four 'Card Suit' Menu Holders

Made Circa 1912

Made in London between 1909 and 1914 by C. E. Nixon, this novelty, George V, Antique Sterling Silver Set of Four Menu Holders, are designed to resemble the four different playing card suits, and each are hand made from one sheet of silver. Each menu holder measures 2.5"(6.5cm) tall, by 2.5"(6.5cm) wide and together the set weighs 2.4 troy ounces.

£725

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L4372: Sterling Silver Novelty Sugar & Cream Set

Hallmarked In 2000

Hallmarked in Birmingham in 2000 by Thistle & Bee, this charming, Novelty Sterling Silver Sugar & Cream Set, is modelled to resemble a large agricultural cream jug and sugar bag with a shovel shaped serving spoon. The cream jug measures 3.75"(9.5cm) tall, by 3.75"(9.5cm) from handle to spout, the sugar bowl measures 2.75"(7cm) tall, by 2.5"(6.5cm) wide, and the sugar spoon measures 3.5"(9cm) in length. The set together weighs 7.6 troy ounces.

£795

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b8627: Sterling Silver Novelty 'Castle Turret' Money Box

Hallmarked In 1916

Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1916 by Deakin & Francis, this novelty, George V, Antique Sterling Silver Money Box, is modelled as a castle turret, with an engraved door and window to one side, and a slot for coins at the top. The money box measures 4"(10cm) tall, by 3"(7.5cm) in diameter and weighs 3.3 troy ounces.

£795

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b7882: Sterling Silver Novelty 'Bell' Whisky Decanter

Hallmarked In 1908

Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1908, this novelty, Edwardian, Antique Sterling Silver Whisky Decanter, is in the form of a bell with panelled glass engraved with the message "take a pull". The decanter measures 10"(25.5cm) tall, by 5"(12.5cm) in diameter.

£875

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L3185: Silver Plate Novelty 'Lantern' Decanter

Made Circa 1910

Made circa 1910 by Marples, Wingfield & Wilkins, this novelty, George V, Antique Silver Plated Decanter, take the form of a portable lantern, with a pull off top engraved with the words "Just One Last Look Around". The bottom of the frame slides off to access the olive green bottle, making it easier to clean or fill. The decanter measures 9"(23cm) tall with the handle up, (7”(18cm) with the handle down), and the body measures 3"(8cm) wide and deep.

£875

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b4725: Sterling Silver Pair Of Novelty 'Hunting Horn' Pepper Pots

Hallmarked In 1906

Hallmarked in London in 1906 by Joseph Braham, this novelty, Edwardian, Antique Sterling Silver Pair of Pepper Pots, are modelled as hunting horns. Each pepper pot measures 5.5"(14cm) tall, by 1.5"(4cm) in diameter, and the pair together weigh 3.4 troy ounces.

£975

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L3599: Sterling Silver Set Of 6 Place Card Holders

Hallmarked In 1910

Hallmarked in London in 1910 by Gresham Barber & Co., this stylish set of 6 Antique Glass & Sterling Silver Place Card Holders, are plain in design. Each measures 1.75"(4.5cm) tall, by 3.25"(8cm) wide, by 2.35"(6cm) deep when being used.

£975

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b0195: Silver Plate Novelty 'Picnic Basket' Spoon Warmer

Hallmarked In 1882

Made in 1882 by Elkington & Co., this charming, novelty, Victorian, Antique Silver Plated Spoon Warmer, is modelled as a picnic basket. The spoon warmer measures 5.5"(14cm) tall, by 5.25"(13.5cm) wide, by 3.75"(9.5cm) deep.

£1,075

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L2719: Sterling Silver Novelty 'Cat' Toast Rack

Hallmarked In 1910

Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1910 by Levi & Salaman, this extremely rare and collectable, Edwardian, Antique Sterling Silver Novelty Toast Rack, is designed with the external bars taking the form of two grinning cats, and will hold 4 slices of toast. The toast rack measures 4"(10cm) tall, by 3"(7.5cm) wide and weighs 1.6 troy ounces.

£1,275

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L0843: Sterling Silver Doll's House Cot Model

Hallmarked In 1902

Hallmarked in London in 1902 by William Comyns, this fabulous, Edwardian, Antique Sterling Silver Doll's House Cot Model, is very realistic and is presented with a handmade mattress. The headboard bears the words "The Alexandra Cot". This unique model measures 7.5"(19cm) tall, by 5.5"(14cm) wide, by 3.5"(9cm) deep, with a silver weight of 9.8 troy ounces.

£1,475

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L3068: Sterling Silver Pair Of Novelty Pheasant Pepper Pots

Hallmarked In 1888

Hallmarked in London in 1888 by Charles Boyton, this rare pair of Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Pepper Pots are modelled as pheasants, and presented in the original fitted box. Each pepper pot measures 2.5"(6cm) tall, by 3.5"(9cm) from beak to tail and the pair weigh 1.7 troy ounces.

£1,675

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b3511: Sterling Silver 'Toby Jug'

Hallmarked In 1902

Carrying import marks for London in 1902 by John George Piddington, this charming, Antique Sterling Silver 'Toby Jug', is a faithful reproduction of the pottery examples first seen during the 1760's. The jug measures 6.5"(16.5cm) tall, by 4.75"(12cm) wide, by 2.75"(7cm) deep, and weighs 11.5 troy ounces.

£1,975

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b9946: Sterling Silver Novelty 'Bird' Scent Bottles

Hallmarked In 1901

Hallmarked in London in 1901 by William Hornby, this novelty pair of Edwardian, Antique Sterling Silver Scent Bottles, are designed to look like birds. Each perfume bottle measures 4.5"(11.5cm) tall, by 3"(7.5cm) across the body.

£2,275

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L2723: Sterling Silver Model Of A Pig

Hallmarked In 1903

Carrying import marks for Chester in 1903 by Berthold Muller, this charming, Antique Sterling Silver Model of a Pig, is wonderfully modelled, and features a removable head. The pig measures 3"(7.5cm) tall, by 5"(12.5cm) from nose to tail, by 1.5"(4cm) across the shoulders and weighs 5.85 troy ounces.

£2,675

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L4619: Sterling Silver 'Emperor Penguin' Condiment Set

Hallmarked In 1996

Hallmarked in London in 1996, this wonderful, and very charming, Sterling Silver Condiment Set, is modelled to resemble Emperor Penguins. The taller penguin (the salt) measures 3.75"(9.5cm) tall, the pepper measures 3.25"(8.5cm) tall, and the mustard measures 3.75"(9.5cm) from beak to tail. The set together weighs 18.1 troy ounces.

£2,975

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L3994a: Sterling Silver Pig And Trough Match Strike

Hallmarked In 1885

Hallmarked in London in 1885 by Joseph Braham, this delightful, novelty, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Match Strike, is modelled as a pig standing by his trough, mounted on a wooden base with the match strike to the front, and the pigs tail removable to use as the cigar lighter. The match strike model measures 2.75"(7cm) tall, by 7.5"(19cm) wide, by 4.75"(12cm) deep.

£3,775

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L3662: Sterling Silver Owl Claret Jug

Hallmarked In 1972

Carrying import marks for London in 1972 by I. Freeman & Sons, this highly unusual, Elizabeth II, Sterling Silver Claret Jug, is modelled to look like an owl, with a red glass body and amber coloured eyes. The claret jug measures 11"(28cm) tall by 8"(20cm) from handle to beak.

£4,975

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L4463: Sterling Silver Crocodile Cigar Lighter

Hallmarked In 1883

Hallmarked in London in 1883 by William George, this unique, Antique Sterling Silver Cigar Lighter, is modelled as a crocodile and features an Impala horn handle. The cigar lighter has a registered design lozenge for 1883, and measures 2"(5cm) tall, by 18"(46cm) from nose to tail. Please note there is minor damage to the horn handle, which we have shown in the pictures.

£7,975

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L3792: Sterling Silver "Pig" Bell

Hallmarked In 1904

Hallmarked in London in 1904 by William Hornby, this wonderful and very rare, Antique Sterling Silver Bell, is modelled as a quite charming pig. The bell is operated by winding the key underneath and then pressing either the nose or the tail. The bell measures 3.25"(8cm) tall, by 6.25"(16cm) from snout to tail, by 2.5"(6.5cm) deep, and weighs 19.2 troy ounces in total.

£12,775

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