Hollowware or holloware, is a term that is used to describe an item of metal tableware that isn’t flatware. This type of item could include candlesticks, candelabra, compote dishes, teapots, cream jugs, coffee pots, serving dishes, napkin rings, presentation cups, tureens, platters, and other kinds of items that are characterized as tableware. At AC Silver we define it as an item of silverware that holds something.
Interestingly, hollowware is the traditional gift in the UK for the 16th wedding anniversary, and in Russia hollowware is the traditional gift for a jubilee anniversary or for a wedding.
Some of our silver hollowware we feel would be perfect 16th wedding anniversary gifts are:
Silver Hollowware…it’s making a comeback
You may think of silver holloware as something that is usually kept safe in a glass cabinet – primarily for viewing only. The prestigious design curator Corinne Julius suggests;
“Silver was considered undesirable after the war because our grandparents had owned it. It was considered quite blingy, and was rejected well into the Seventies”.
However, things are changing! It is said that design trends are cyclical, and finally it’s silver’s turn. Many silversmiths have been reporting an upsurge in private commissions such as Rebecca H. Joslyn and her whimsical “Bag Vases”, Theo Funnel and the brands playful British condiment accessories such as the Heinz Tomato Ketchup Sleeve. Let’s not forget the historic Danish design house George Jensen – they have almost doubled their retail footprint in the UK!
It’s safe to say that silverware is back in vogue. Now is the time to discover your favourite items, styles and makers – get ahead of the trend!
Resources: The Telegraph: Silverware Is Back In Vogue
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