Show Off Your Silver!

SHOW OFF YOUR SILVER:

Silver makes me swoon! It’s beautiful reflective shine.The weight of it in my hand.  The refined  and formal feelings it evokes. Polishing away tarnish to reveal that unmistakable luster. Silver is jewelry for a table. And I love jewelry!
But not all silver is the same. And that is wonderful news. I have recently been treasure hunting in antique shops and flea markets and have found beautiful silver pieces at very reasonable prices…

This lovely Rogers Silverplate Coffee and Tea service was probably never used. It still has the label stickers on the bottom of each piece.
The detail on the handles, lids and little feet make this set so interesting.
Many of us use silver on special ocasions only and then back in the cupboard or basement it goes until the next wedding, or milestone birthday. Even worse some of us love silver but don’t have any at all because we think it costs too much or is too hard to maintain.
Oh, not so!!!!
I love to use and display my silver everyday.  I received this beautiful silver champagne bucket as a wedding gift. I keep an orchid in it and it decorates my foyer. In this picture it is sitting on my buffet in the dining room.
The orchids are real! When they drop I replace them with a good faux spray of orchids. I also arrange  thin  branches in the pot for added interest.  Moss hides the clay pot the orchid is in and the dirt.
This tray was found at a local antique shop where I am beginning to be a frequent visitor. The Barn in Strasburg, Pa houses many good quality dealers. Esther,the owner, should be proud of her establishment. Notice the price on this tray.
I thought this was a marvelous price for a large silverplate tray. It was quite tarnished in some areas. But… a little silver polish and a lot of elbow grease …
I was originally getting it to paint the center with chalkboard paint and use it on my buffet to write a menu on it. But onced polished, it is such a beauty that I am keeping it just like it is. I’m continuing my search for a chalkboard  worthy tray.
This little silver vase was a gift from a friend. It is perfect for holding little flowers and greens. When my children were small, this silver vase held many a dandelion!
I have many silver pieces I treasure. A very few pricey, some reasonable but most downright inexpensive (I’d say cheap, but after all, we are talking about silver).
Most of my silver is not sterling silver but silverplate. A very respectable alternative.  Silverplate is a thin layer of silver over a base metal. Sterling silver is 92.5 % silver and the rest is copper or another metal. Silverplate can be just as beautiful and ornate as real sterling silver.
I use silver flatware and serving pieces right along with my stainless. These are just a few of the serving pieces I have. All of these were recently purchased for $2.00 a piece. They just needed someone to give them a good polish, and a loving home.
The fun of collecting, for me, is finding different patterns of the same utensil. For example, I am wild about sugar spoons. They don’t need to be used for sugar. Use them to stir coffee or tea. Wouldn’t it look pretty to rest differnt silver spoons on everyones saucers?
I am now on the lookout for butter knives. I am using this same idea with bread plates.
Siver pieces are often Monogrammed. I can scarsely pass up  monogrammed flatware. There is something so romantic about caring for a piece so much that you put your initials on it. It tells a story of belonging.  It almost personifies a piece.
When the price is right ,especially if bears a three letter monogram it comes home with me!
So, don’t wait until Aunt Audrey’s 80th birthday to take out your silver. Find interesting ways to use it and enjoy it during your everyday life!
If you don’t have any silver, you are missing an inexpensive luxury! Treat yourself to a sugar spoon. That’s how I started!
Tips for Care of  Silverplate:
To clean: use a gentle SILVER cleaner. The multi-metal cleaners are too harsh. Silverplate can be rubbed off with harsh cleansers.
Never use lemon based dish detergent. Wash with warm sudsy water and dry thoroughly.
Never put silverplate in the dishwasher.
If you are going to use your silver for display only, you can slow down the tarnishing by applying a thin coat of Turtle Wax for cars, and buff to a shine.
If you store your silver,  cover it with a silver cloth or a clean cloth and store in air tight plastic bags. Do not let the silver directly touch bag.
Never use a toothbrush in the  ornate crevices of a silver piece. It will scratch the silver. Use a horsehair brush.
When displaying silver in a china cupboard buy anti-tarnish strips to keep silver free of tarnish for a longer time.

Comments

  1. says

    My Mom had a silver set that she would bring out on the rare time we had guests. I love it. It is very classy.

    I want to use and love my stuff. My hubby gave me a silver tray to go with the silver comb, brush, and mirror that he got me. I love it.

    Have a wonderful day.

  2. says

    Hi,
    I love your silver pieces, especially the serving pieces are so unique and beautiful. I don’t collect silver, but I think I am making a big mistake ;) Thanks for the inspiration.
    Your pictures are great and I especially like the reflection in your shiney gorgeous silver.
    Very fun!!!

  3. says

    Great post! I love silver too. I am fortunate enough to have inherited some nice silver serving pieces from my mother and grandmother.

  4. says

    You have a wonderful collection of silver. I have just started getting interested in it myself. I have seen very good prices at the antique and flea markets. My sister would love to have that ice bucket. She is looking for one. I love your photos. Very nice.

  5. says

    Beautiful pieces, Y! I should use mine more often.
    I did a survey on my blog the last time I did Silver Sunday. Wrights silver polish came out the winner..
    It is so pretty, you are right!

  6. says

    Such a beautiful collection of silver, just beautiful, love the coffee tea service and that beautiful tray…..I also have a silver spoon collection and keep some in a glass decanter jar on my counter for stiring coffee or hot chocolate or tea, always gets comments…thanks again for sharing your beautiful silver….Phyllis

  7. says

    I love the monogrammed pieces too! Beautiful collection, you’ve inspired to pull open my cabinets and polish my hodge podge up :-)

  8. says

    I am a silver lover too, I have collected different pieces for the past few years. I think my more interesting pieces are the silver cake forks that I purchased off of Goodwill a few years back.

  9. says

    Ugh! This post was driving me crazy! I saw you had it, but it wouldn’t let me access it til today. Love all the silver. I have an old hairbrush and mirror in silver. My great grandmother used to have really long hair. She had only had it trimmed her whole life. I used to watch my mother take down her hair, brush it with the silver hairbrush and tuck it all back up. It brings me such sweet memories that when she died I asked for her hairbrush set. I think everyone thought I was weird for asking for it. I love it though!

    Great! Now you have me going on another obsession! Silver collecting!

  10. says

    Yvonne, you must join the Silver Sunday party sometime. I have several entries of silver there. I try to post as a theme of sorts. I prefer the polished look like you to some who like the tarnished look. I must put my silver service upstairs while we use the gas logs in the late fall and winter. It took me a while to figure out what made my silver on display in the dining room tarnish so darn fast, and I realized that it was the gas. I do keep dresser pieces out all year long.
    Thanks for visiting me at Applejack Lane.

  11. Anonymous says

    What a wonderful blog to have found! My grandmother gave me her silver when I married two years ago, and I’ve been taking it out a lot recently…This has inspired me to display and use so much of it!

  12. says

    Be still my heart your photos make me swoon. What a fabulous shimmering collection! Thanks for coming to the party…..see you next month!
    {{gypsy hugs}}
    Beth

  13. says

    Yvonne, my heart is skipping beats! Your post is as stunning as the silver you shared with us. Like you, I like to keep it out and use it. Vintage and antique silver has such warmth. I’m thrilled you found some more recently. The tray is an amazing price. Good for you. You will appreciate this piece and use it as it was meant to be.

  14. says

    I love your post today. Your photos are truly amazing but it is the section on how to care for your silver that I really enjoyed. I learned a thing or two. Thank you for taking the time to post.

  15. says

    Great post, Yvonne. Your silver collection is fabulous…love the orchid plant in the champagne cooler, how elegant is that. You have some really wonderful serving spoons/utensils. I love your blog, you give so much excellent information, thanks!

  16. says

    Wow you have an amazing collection of silver! I love it all…I even like tarnished pieces too.

    I am very curious about one piece that you have…it is the one that is just below the serving pieces and just above the one with the letter B. It has so much character and I’m wondering what it is used for?

    Blessings to you and yours.
    Shanna

  17. says

    What an informative post! I learned a lot. Thanks for sharing about the care of silver, Yvonne. Also, how do you tell the difference between sterling and silver plate?
    Today I was in Salvation Army and looked at several silver tea services. The teapots and coffee pots were going for $25, the sugars and creamers for around $15 each and the trays $25 to $30. Were those good prices? By the way, I love your silver tea service!

  18. says

    Yvonne,

    These silver pieces are just so beautiful! I love the serving pieces you found for $2.00 each…what a steal…you are giving them such a lovely home!
    Your silver tea service is stunning…thanks for sharing this post again I really enjoyed it all!

    Miss Bloomers

  19. says

    Just stunning! Yours is very refined, I must say. Now, I feel like displaying the few things I have. Thanks for sharing these exquisite pictures.

    Anne-Marie

  20. says

    Hi Yvonne…

    My friend, what a delightful post! I’m so very happy that you shared it with us for Sunday Favorites this week! I just adore silver and your tea set is absolutely gorgeous! One of the prettiest that I’ve seen! I love how you added the pretty greenery…it makes for a beautiful display! Ohhh my, and your orchids in the silver champagne bucket is fabulous!!! I love how that looks…so exquisite! I’m also so glad that you posted the tips for keeping silver plate. I didn’t realize that you could use turtle wax on silver to slow the tarnishing process! Great tip…I’m going to try it!

    Thank you so much for joining in with the fun of Sunday Favorites this week, my friend! I sure enjoyed your post! I do apologize at being so late to get by for a visit! Still trying to catch up after our weekend trip.

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  21. says

    Love, love your silver. It is like jewelry for the table. I love how you put all the pieces to use. Great ideas. I do have some silver pieces and will look for ways to incorporated around my home now that you have inspired me. It is just so romantic.

    Thanks

  22. Anonymous says

    I just stumbled onto you and LOVE your decor and idea’s. The tray and accessories are breath taking! I’ll be back =)
    ~K.

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