Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sparkle & Shine

We've been saving up silverplated silverware for two years now
dingy, dirty, silverware

The time has come
Polishing Day
{I should say Polishing MONTH!}

With polishing cream & our trusty gloves
The silverware went from dingy
to delightful!

The fun part
{if there is a fun part!}

about polishing silver
is that you really get to notice every crevice...
I mean pattern
that every piece has

So many different types of patterns

{and here, I really mean crevices!}

Like any other vintage item you pick up from Estate Sales,
you start to wonder
who owned such lovely silver & what food it served
and what conversations it was a part of!

We love this engraved "R" spoon....
made us wish our last name
{or first name}
 started  with "R"

How many times were the tables set with this silverware?
Did the kids secretly
{or openly!}
 complain while having to set it?!!

We wonder, why did they choose a particular pattern?
Did the family who ate off of them really notice it ?

It's amazing...
 all of the different types of patterns there are in silverware...
from simple to very involved!

Ahhhh....a satisfying job!
Now we're off to package them up to sell so they have new stories!


Edie Marie's Attic said...

Oh how I LOVE old silverware! I have 2 old sets I use for everyday... one was my Uncle's, a gift from his parents, monogrammed, I adore it. I wish I was up there to look at all of yours, so beautiful.

I wonder everytime I pick up an old beautiful item about the person that owned it. Some things have such a special feel about them don't they?

Blessings, smiles & hugs to you darling girls!! Sherry

Sherri said...

Girls that was a whole lot of work but well worth the final product!! I love old silverware! My husband gave me a ring and watch this year for Christmas made out of silverware and I love it!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

I love old silver! I actually enjoy a hour or so of polishing every so often. I wish I lived near you...would love to visit your shop!

decorator to the stars said...


DearHelenHartman said...

I have a few pieces of that last pattern and no idea where they came from as they match neither my silver or silverplate set (inherited from my mom). Did you ever try the baking soda and tin foil trick to shine up silver?

My favorite explanation of silver patterns is from The Southern Belle Primer about what you silver pattern says about you.

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Wow, what a big job cleaning all that, and I'm with you, what stories that cutlery could tell.


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