Though my grandfather was a jeweler and gave me - the first and only granddaughter - a child-sized Prelude silver place setting, a cup, a bowl, and a plate with my initials engraved on them.
They went in my mother's cedar chest, and there they have stayed for sixty years.
Lately I have been attracted to silver - the tarnished, well-worn kind.
I love the look of silverware in a glass jar with pearls and satin ribbons and old lace.
I did not really mean to start a collection of silverware.
Usually it is the engraved bowls and cups I want.
But I was at an estate sale where it was the last day and everything was marked 75% off.
I heard a guy talking how he could take all the silverware and make money melting it down.
MELTING IT DOWN!!!
I quickly swooped in and pushed all of it into my huge canvas tote to save it before he got any more crazy ideas.
Look at the graceful beauty of iced tea spoons tied with vintage lace trim.
So now I am on a quest to save that old tarnished, well-worn silver and silverplate from the melting pot.
The tarnish makes such intricate designs on the silver bowls of these spoons.
Yes, I just lay them about for decoration.
Chucks did ask if we could use them.
Silly, silly boy - that is what those plastic forks in the cupboard are for!
After iced tea spoons, pickle forks are my favorites.
Served here on a rusty trowel - silver in a golden glow.
Baby spoon resting on The Christopher Robin Birthday Book.
Little Pink Boy is wondering how many shapes can butter knives be?
How much silver/silverplate have I saved for future generations of crafters everywhere?
Well, this is the load from last weekend.
And I have been hard at work for silver salvation for about a month.
Picking out my favorite pieces to keep.
Putting some at Riverfront Antique Mall in my booth.
Listing the rest on Etsy.
And none, Mr. Chucks, will be used for dinnerware in this house.
It is stainless or plastic or nothing at all!
Take your pick.
The silver is for decorating.
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