Summary

Card with unused 'Christmas Pudding Charms' sewn on: pig, lucky cat, bell, duck, bridal pair, money bag, horseshoe (good luck), teddy bear and wishbone (a wish). It was probably made in the 1930s-1950s.

Such sterling silver pieces were sometimes put at random into the serving of Christmas plum pudding at the Christmas lunch. They were light-heartedly used to suggest the 'fortune' of the recipient for the next year. Sometimes silver coins were used instead.
These were purchased at a garage sale and donated to the Museum. They come with no precise provenance, and are unused.

Physical Description

Yellow card, 'Made in England', with nine Christmas pudding sterling silver charms sewn on: pig, lucky cat, bell, duck, bridal pair, money bag, horseshoe (good luck), teddy bear and wishbone (a wish). Card decorated with holly berries and leaves. Charms are cast metal, lightweight.

Significance

The tradition of putting silver objects and coins into the Christmas pudding has largely disappeared (Australian coins are no longer solid silver; families are conscious of the danger of swallowing 'foreign objects'.) These are relics of a time when British traditions were followed more rigorously in Australia than they are generally today.

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