Novelty English silver remains popular with collectors - The Solihull Observer

Novelty English silver remains popular with collectors

A COLLECTION of novelty English silver were offered at Kinghams Auctioneers’ inaugural Silver & Objects of Vertu sale.

Novelty pieces of silver are very popular among collectors and connoisseurs. ‘Novelty’ refers to functional objects, often crafted out of precious metal, and fashioned in a unique way to elevate a utilitarian piece into a statement item for the discerning lady or gent. The Victorians were fascinated by the natural world and as a result, useable objects were crafted in unusual forms, often as animals. Be they animals residing in the farmyard, jungle, savannah skies and even the home! A term for this type of object is, ‘zoomorphic’.

A highlight from Cotswolds auctioneers, Kinghams’, inaugural Silver & Objects of Vertu sale last month was a collection of zoomorphic pieces, including, an exceptionally rare Victorian silver novelty scent or perfume bottle, modelled in the form of a swan’s head, inset with glass eyes, the body with textured decoration to simulate feathers. The item is fully hallmarked for London, 1884 and is made by the famous firm of Sampson Mordan – well regarded for crafting fine quality luxurious goods. It sold for a record £3,400.

Find out the true value of your silver, jewellery, pictures, antiques and collectables at Kinghams monthly free valuation days in Solihull at Dorridge Village Hall, B93 8QA. The next event is Thursday October 12, from 11am to 2pm. Free home visits can be arranged for large/multiple items, estate clearance or downsizing advice.

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