My old stuff wasn’t high quality to begin with. It was some of that stuff used as a grocery store promotional many years ago. “Spend $20 in groceries, get the teaspoon for $2 each”. That sort of thing. Most of the pieces are turning blue because the outer layer has worn away. And I see many little rust speckles on most of the pieces. So out it goes!
Some months back I read on a blog (I’m guessing it was The Nester?) that she collects silverplate and uses it for every day. She even puts it in the dishwasher and it’s been perfectly fine for years. So I’ve had that thought in mind for some time now, especially since I discovered that the stainless flatware I like would run me $600 for 12 place settings plus serving pieces. Uh, no. Not going to happen.
Already at home were these three silverplate patterns, collected from various sources. Left to right, I have: 1) six place settings consisting of knife, fork, teaspoon and soup spoon inherited from The Professor’s uncle (we never figured out what “R” is for), 2) six teaspoons also inherited from the uncle, 3) six forks and 12 teaspoons purchased at an antique mall several years ago.
With my new purchase I have 12 full settings, six extra forks, and 18 extra teaspoons. That should be enough to get us through the day.