Christening Gifts In Silver
Giving babies precious metals has been a tradition in the making for centuries. Of course baby Jesus received his very own gift of gold from one of the wise me. Later the precious metal changed to silver and ever since it has been silver gifts for christening that we give to babies.
We no longer give gifts at births but at the celebration of a Christening. Today silver has been the precious metal of choice and can come in many forms. Christening gifts and baptism presents were initially small items of monetary or material value that could be kept as an initial investment for the child’s future.
Silver Christening Spoons
The giving of silver spoons was started as a tradition in Tudor times and is still as popular today. At Edinburgh Silver we have large selection of Christening Spoons from, Vintage, antique and new. All our spoons can be engraved and personalised if you wish.
The tradition came to be that which we recognise today when the Victorians latched onto it and began offering silver christening spoons and other eating utensils as silver gifts for christening. Some of these now antique silver christening spoons have survived and are sought after as a special way to welcome a child who is about to be christened into the church. Apostle Spoons are another great Christening gift
Silver Bibles For Christening Gifts
Silver Bibles can make excellent Silver Gifts for Christening especially if your beliefs are in religion. The bible not only symbolic of your family generations of belief but also to ward off evil with the silver content embellished on the bible.
It is also a guide book for the future. A reference if you will to help choose the right path for the rest of their lives. With a new silver bible you could be starting your future generations tradition for years to come. Cherished and loved and then passed down to their future offsprings.
Silver Christening Boxes
Silver boxes have so many uses apart from just simply beautiful. We have sold many over the years and the feedback and the ideas they have used them for are just Wonderfull. These can also be engraved to your wishes.
They have been used to save the babies teeth as they grow. Some people asked for all the guest to leave a silver coin in the box after the christening. The most heart warming and probably most tearful we have heard. Notes in the box, each guest leaves a little note in the box intended for the baby in his adult years. However one lady could not resist and after a year she opened the box and read the notes let inside. She wept with joy for many days after.
Silver Christening Cups
The toasting of a baby has long been a tradition and probably in every culture. Of course not always with alcohol but if you are in Scotland it would not be tradition without a dram.
We have all types of Silver Cups from Tankards, cups and tumblers. These come in either sliver plated christening cups to sterling silver cups. We also have a range of Solid Silver Christening Cups. For an extra special occasion we do have one Antique Solid Silver Christening Cup
Don’t worry if the Antique cup has gone as we always have more coming into stock. Christening cups the perfect Silver Gifts for Christening.
Silver Quaich For Christening
The Scottish loving cup or the cup of friendship. The Quaich is usually deigned with two handles signifying two hands. Therefore the sharing comes into play, two people sharing the one Quaich.
The design of the Quaich can be a little more elaborate than the christening cups. We have an exclusive selection of Quaich’s making them perfect Silver Gifts for Christening.
Giving Silver To Babies and the Myths
There are ancient roots in the tradition as during pre Christian times, silver was thought to have the power to keep the devil…or evil sprits away. Gifting new babies with a small piece of silver, often in the shape of a coin, was thought to be a way to keep them safe.
This tradition actually lives on today and in many smaller towns and villages across the UK it is not at all unusual to find silver or gold coins placed on top of a baby’s pram as it is pushed through the streets. People do it to wish the new baby well and also as a way of guaranteeing themselves luck for that day.
In 1551 the very first silver sixpence was minted during the reign of King Edward the V1. It soon became the coin of choice and a symbol of wealth and prosperity. The silver sixpence stayed in circulation until 1980.
The silver sixpence at one time was very much that. In the fact it had over 92% of silver within the coin itself. This changed in 1920 when the mint reduced the silver to just 50% of its total weight. However the tradition of value still stayed the same in peoples minds.
Common Question about Silver and Christening
Born into a wealthy family with privilege
There are two schools of thought, One that it was translated from Spanish text. However it was reputed to be first seen in print in a book of Scottish proverbs in 1721.
In the 1700 people did carry around their own cutlery to show their status in life. At that time a silver spoon was akin to the middle to lower middle class working man. Often these people worked in the fields and their appearance after a days work could look a little shabby. Hence the reason they carried their cutlery with them. A passport if you will to show that they had Money and not a dirty beggar.
The first instance is within the bible when Jesus was born. The story of the three wise men bearing gifts. These gifts were not just any gifts but, gifts of wealth and prosperity. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. This is the first documentation of giving gifts to the child, however it may go much further back. This is the first time that precious metals were given to a baby.
The Tudors started the tradition of giving silver spoons at Christenings. These were well crafted silver spoons but quite basic in design.