If you are looking to get a head start on your Christmas shopping or collecting, our next collectibles feature is a great place to start! The 2010 silverplate "Presents & Santas" sleigh bell is the newest edition of these gorgeous annual collectibles from Wallace Silver. These sleigh bells feature different Christmas motifs along with an inscription including the year that the bell was released. Wallace began this series in 1971, and they have remained a popular item for collectors ever since. Replacements, Ltd. has the original 1971 sleigh bell ornament, "Goodwill Toward Men," – when we say an item has attained collectible status, we aren’t kidding!
Wallace Silver has been known for decades for creating quality sterling and silverplate flatware, hollowware, giftware, and collectibles. The origins of Wallace began almost 200 years ago. In 1815, Robert Wallace was born to a family of silversmiths from Scotland, who had relocated to Connecticut in the late eighteenth century. At the age of 16, Robert Wallace became an apprentice to Captain William Mix, a renowned spoon maker for the Meriden Britannia Co. A Meriden Britannia apprenticeship was highly sought after because the firm was the most successful flatware and hollowware producing firm in the Northeast. Having mastered the art of silver craft, Robert Wallace left his apprenticeship, purchased a dilapidated grist mill, and began to produce his own flatware. By 1833, Wallace’s silver shop was up and running. Because Wallace was skilled in the art of spoon making, Wallace’s only product was spoons. One day, while shopping in New York, Wallace happened upon a piece of flatware made of a nickel alloy that had been produced by Dixon and Sons of Sheffield, England. Impressed by the quality and strength of the piece, Wallace purchased the alloy formula from a German chemist for twenty dollars. Wallace realized the importance of diversifying his business and began producing a complete range of flatware using the nickel alloy formula. Today, Wallace remains immensely popular with lovers of sterling and silverplate alike, including collectors.
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