My dining room has a secret. I have a small collection of sterling silver displayed on the sideboard. But right in in the center sits a big fat fake. My silver pheasant is made out of plastic!
I found the pheasant in a basket of junk at a local dollhouse store. When I bought it, it had a heavy brass base that was way too big for 1/12th scale. I assumed, because of the weight, that the bird was made of some type of metal too. When I finally managed to pop it off the base, I was shocked to find out it was lightweight plastic. It photographs a little darker than the sterling silver, but it's a perfect match in real life. Sometimes a good fake is all that's needed!