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Here at AC Silver we have a fine collection of silver menu holders for sale, including pairs, sets of four and sixes for sale.


Antique silver menu and place holders are a fine, formal and traditional addition to any table service, and continue to take pride of place during the finest dinner occasions.


Andrew Campbell selects only the finest vintage and antique silverware to add to the AC Silver inventory.


All of the silver menu holders and card holders at AC Silver come with free and insured worldwide shipping and a 14 day return policy.


silver menu holders

Menu holders and place card holders were first created to hold a card which denoted the ‘Bill of Fare’ for the meal- or the menu, as we came to know it. These pieces were originally intended to be distributed across the dining table, rather than at each individual place setting which is the present practice for name cards and place holders.


Due to the menu holder being crafted with the intention of being spread intermittently between diners it is often difficult to locate sets of menu/card holders; locating a set will often present a set of four, although pairs and larger sets of six, eight and ten are occasionally available.


Menu holders were first introduced during the Victorian era, but began to flourish in popularity during the Edwardian era. The reason for this was the reputation of the King himself, who was enamoured with food and all manners of unusual and exotic fare. This required a brief explanation - by way of the menu - of what one would be eating, as the ingredients were no longer immediately obvious to the diners themselves.


Another way in which the King Edward influenced the menu holders was that he was particularly fond of hunting and fishing, and these were considered to be especially noble pastimes. Due to the reigning King’s propensity for shooting sports, many antique menu holders feature characters or animals based around these themes. Prior to this, popular styles included family crests, or more whimsical naturalistic designs featuring thistles and horseshoes.



Set of Six Sterling Silver Menu Holders - Vintage Elizabeth II
Price: GBP £2,695.00
Sterling Silver Menu / Card Holders - Antique Edwardian (1909)
Price: GBP £2,450.00
Enamel and Sterling Silver Bird Menu / Card Holders - Antique Edwardian (1909)
Price: GBP £2,450.00
Sterling Silver Swan Menu / Card Holders - Antique Edwardian (1904)
Price: GBP £2,450.00
Sterling Silver Menu / Card Holders - Antique Edwardian (1907)
Price: GBP £1,995.00
Antique Dog Menu Holders in Sterling Silver
Price: GBP £1,995.00
Sterling Silver Menu / Card Holders - Antique George V
Price: GBP £1,895.00
Danish Sterling Silver Menu / Card Holders by Georg Jensen - Antique 1929
Price: GBP £1,755.00
Sterling Silver Four-Leaf Clover Menu / Card Holders - Antique George V (1910)
Price: GBP £1,695.00
Edwardian Sterling Silver Fox Head Menu Holders
Price: GBP £1,695.00
Sterling Silver Menu / Card Holders - Antique George V (1922)
Price: GBP £1,595.00
Sterling Silver Royal Artillery Menu Holders - Antique George V (1932)
Price: GBP £1,535.00
Set of Four Scottish Sterling Silver Card/Menu Holders - Antique Victorian
Price: GBP £1,535.00
German Sterling Silver Card/Menu Holders - Antique 1905
Price: GBP £1,395.00
Sterling Silver Fox Card/Menu Holders - Antique George V (1914)
Price: GBP £1,395.00
Sterling Silver Menu Holders - Antique George V (1912)
Price: GBP £1,315.00
Set of Six Sterling Silver Menu / Card Holders - Antique George V (1914)
Price: GBP £1,295.00

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