Vintage Silver Animals
Silver animals have been for a wide variety of purposes for over 200 years, with uses ranging from game birds as table decorations, to novelty pepper mustard and pepper pots, to heavy quality stirrup cups and other forms of drinking vessels. In recent years the demand for them has increased, and alongside our highly crafted SILVER ANIMALS are now the biggest growing market in our business. Many of the processes used to cast the vintage and antique silver animals have continued to the present day, with original patterns tooling and techniques the only way to recreate the artistry of silversmiths of the 19th Century.
- Vintage silver animals are in significant demand
- Many older models are Dutch, German or British, made in differing grades of Silver
- British models are particularly sought after
- Collectors keep prices buoyant
- Pre 1850 examples are scarce
Game birds are a traditional favourite, with pheasants being the most widely available models. Snipe, woodcock, partridge and grouse are also popular but are generally more commonly seen from 1930 onwards. Prior to 1930, the most unusual models tended to be novelty pepper pots. Continental models are typically sand cast given a fine detail in the casting and are usually ligher in gauge than their British counterparts.