Christmas decorations in your loft could be worth £14,000

A delivery, removals and transport marketplace has partnered with an antique specialist to create a list of the most valuable Christmas decorations Brits could be unknowingly housing in their attics.

With a value of up to £14,000, German pear-shaped Kugel ornaments top the list, followed by mint condition Belsnickles Santa figurines and glass ornaments.

The platform, Shift, was inspired to undertake this research after helping a customer move home who had amassed a collection of hundreds of antique decorations.

The five most valuable Christmas decorations that could be hiding in British homes are:

1. German pear-shaped Kugel ornament – up to £14,000

These blown glass ornaments were originally made in the 19 th century, with the rarest Kugels selling for up to £14,000 ($18,000), while others have sold for £750-£1,000 depending on condition.

2. Belsnickles Father Christmas figurine – up to £3,000

These hand painted paper mache Santa figurines originated in Germany and have been known to sell for up to £3,000 if rare enough and in perfect condition.

3. Glass ornaments of famous personalities, characters or animals – up to £750

Thousands of different hanging glass ornaments have been sold over the years and some of the rarer ones are now worth hundreds of pounds. An ornament of the British patriot caricature John Bull could sell for £230 while a rare Puss ‘n’ Boots ornament could go for £750.

4. Putz villages – £250

These decorative miniature villages have been around since the 19 th century and the vintage wooden models from Germany or Czech Republic can sell for around £250, while cardboard versions can fetch £30.

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5. Ceramic Christmas trees – up to £200

Ceramic Christmas trees originated in the 1940s, yet boomed in popularity during the 60s and 70s. Depending on the age, size, colour and condition these trees could sell for up to £200.

Shift also worked with the antique expert to find out what the most valuable Christmas decorations ever made were, with a solid gold Emu egg covered in diamonds taking the top spot with a value of £8.9 million.

Tim Sheppard, Business and Operations Lead at Shift, said: “While I don’t expect many people will be hanging 24-carat diamond baubles on their tree this year, it is amazing to know that some people might unknowingly have decorations that could be worth hundreds and in some cases thousands of pounds that are just gathering dust in the attic!

“The important thing to remember though is that Christmas is about more than the value of what sits on the top of your tree, it is a celebration of giving and togetherness, a message that will be more important than ever this year.”