A Christening is a time-old celebration where families come together and welcome their new baby to the world.


Traditionally, silver Christening gifts were given to a child as an investment for their future, because silver was used as a form of currency. Families would take comfort in knowing that their new addition has started life with a valuable asset to use later in life if they wished.


Today, most Christening gifts are valued at a much lower price, but there are still some highly valuable and luxurious items on the market.


Here’s a round-up of the most expensive Christening gifts available to buy in the UK:


Sterling Silver Porringer - Antique Charles II (1671)

  1. Sterling Silver Porringer – Antique Charles II (1671) – £5,950.00
  2. Sterling Silver Baby Porringer – Antique Charles II (1663) – £3,950.00
  3. Sterling Silver Child’s Mug – Antique Charles II (1673) – £2,450.00
  4. American Sterling Silver Christening Mug by Tiffany & Co – Antique (1879) – £1,895.00
  5. Sterling Silver Photograph Frames – Antique Edwardian – £1,495.00
  6. Sterling Silver and Enamel Caddy Spoon – Art Nouveau – Antique George V – £1,295.00
  7. Sterling Silver Three Piece Christening Set by R.E.Stone – Art Deco Style – Antique George VI – £1,195.00
American Sterling Silver Christening Mug by Tiffany & Co - Antique (1879)

  1. Peter Rabbit™ 2018 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin & Book Gift Set – £1,000.00
  2. Sterling Silver Rattle – Antique George V (1912) – £895.00
  3. Sterling Silver Christening Mug by Asprey & Co Ltd – Vintage Elizabeth II – £795
  4. Sterling Silver Rattle – Antique Victorian (1900) – £795
  5. Sterling Silver Tiffany & Co Birth Record Frame – £660
  6. Chinese Export Silver Christening Mug (1890) – £695
  7. Sterling Silver Horseshoe Napkin Rings Vintage George VI – £595
  8. Sterling Silver Photograph Frame by Synyer & Beddoes Edwardian (1901) – £545
Sterling Silver Rattle - Antique George V (1912)

Andrew Campbell, founder of AC Silver said,


“The tradition of giving silver as a Christening gift is traced back to the Tudors; and it’s where the phrase ‘born with a silver spoon in their mouth’ originates. The Victorians expanded on the tradition, giving gifts such as rattles and cutlery sets, and Christenings became a time for giving somewhat more lavish gifts.


The items on our list show that luxurious Christening gifts are still in demand and available. There’s something really special about gifting a piece that can be treasured and handed down through the generations to come.”


Sterling Silver Rattle - Antique Victorian (1900)

Written by

Gemma Tubbrit

Gemma Tubbrit is the Online Marketing Manager at AC Silver. After achieving a BA Hons degree in New Media & Marketing Gemma has spent the subsequent years gaining and maintaining practical expertise in effective online marketing and social media. More recently Gemma has focussed her skills within the more specialised jewellery and antique silver industries, regularly updating readers and followers with social and online developments relating to AC Silver’s activity and presence on the Internet.