Silver

detail of silver sugar castor

The silver collection spans the period 1728-1903 and includes small objects and trinkets such as snuff boxes, thimbles and vinaigrettes, but also larger tableware and flatware. A highlight of this collection is 28 immaculate miniature domestic silver toys which date from the late 17th and early 18th centuries. They were probably intended to furnish dolls houses and were then passed down as family heirlooms. In this case, they have been assembled as very unusual wares for a pedlar doll to carry. The jointed wooden doll dates from the 19th century and is dressed in a red woollen cloak, black silk bonnet over a net cap and a printed cotton day dress, apron and fichu. Dressing dolls as pedlars was popular in Britain at this time. It gave children an ideal opportunity to collect and make items for the doll to sell.