Saturday in Ohio we browsed an antique mall and I came away with a few things I really liked.
One of those things was a bag of mis-matched silverware. Why did I pay $10 for it? Because in that bag were two things I wanted: a small ladle and a strainer teaspoon for loose tea. I suppose $10 is a lot for just two items but the rest of the bag yielded all sorts of treasures.
This silver has yet to be cleaned, but look how it shines.
Of course, being in a plastic bag you know it was tarnished pretty badly. I finally had time to look at what I'd bought (talk about your pig in a poke!) on Monday evening.
There are some of the most beautiful pieces in this lot that I've ever seen. Some have lost some of their silverplate, of course, but even so the work in these spoons, forks, knives and serving pieces is lovely. Two of the little baby spoons in the lot are not in the photos because we cleaned them and gave them to our granddaughter Jordan for her new baby. (Born with a silver spoon in her mouth? Sort of!)
What makes me most curious is what some of these pieces were used for--like the little knives, or the tiny pick, or the spoons with the oddly curved ends. Obviously each had a specific purpose but I have no idea what it might be.
My mother liked silverware, plated or not. She used it daily on her table. I have her silver chest with its mostly matching wares; I have not yet used it, but I think we will start doing that when we lose more of the stainless set--we're down to about 4 teaspoons, I think. Where they go I have no idea, but they certainly disappear.
Larry has cleaned some of the pieces and he plans to finish the job tomorrow. I have to decide what to keep and what to send to other homes.
The spoon marked "Cromwell" and "1895" on a piece of tape that also says "$18.00" I will definitely keep--it's a beauty.
And the serving set dated 1847 is a keeper too. And the little knife marked "sterling."
And the knife with the flowers curling up the blade,
and the fork with the flowers, and the little knives with the S monogram...
There may not be too many pieces looking for a home at this rate.