Wednesday, April 27, 2016

U is for utensils

Utensils can be plain or fancy. Some foods can't be eaten in front of an audience without utensils. Well, of course, if you are eating your food without the benefit of an audience, you can eat in any old messy style. Apparently, really good utensils are a sign of wealth. Or, at least, they used to be a sign of wealth. The saying, "he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth," indicates that the baby was born into a wealthy family of high social standing. The family had loads of money and was able to hire to servants to do all of the necessary labor, which included polishing all of those silver and, especially, the famous silver spoon.
I like utensils. I think that I'd like to have one or two sterling silver spoons, even if I wasn't born with one of them in my mouth. Nevertheless, I don't have any. Fortunately, I still have some nice utensils. They are silver plated, which is not anywhere near as extravagant as sterling silver. They are lovely utensils, with interesting patterns.
Some of my lovely utensils came from my grandparents, and, and others came from garage sales and rummage sales. One of my lovely utensils came from church. The kitchen was being cleaned out, and the utensil was on its way out. The pattern to this utensil is called Berkshire, and it was made by Rogers Bros. in 1847. Or, at least, the pattern was created in 1847. My spoon has a monogram on it. At some point, the spoon was owned by someone whose last name began with the letter V.
  

The fork was a utensil that my grandfather owned. It was made by Holmes and Edwards in 1923. The spoon is an example of the Berkshire pattern.

This is a closer view of the two very different patterns.

This utensil could be a Holmes and Edwards 1916 pattern, "Jamestown." The handle has a unique pattern, very different from any of my other little utensil treasures.

Silver plated utensils are much less expensive than sterling silver. They look great at a tea party with bone china tea cups. Neither the tea cups nor the utensils have to match any of the other tea cups or utensils. Matching is optional. 

I enjoy getting all of this lovely stuff at garage sales. The weather has turned to spring, and garage sale season is just starting. You never know what sort of treasures you might find!

5 comments:

Alana said...

I have some of my mother in law's old silverwear (around 70 years old). I took them to an antique store and they told me about the bisque spoon, the bon bon server and the cream spoon that were included (it's just an assortment of various patterns). Absolutely fascinating. I could sell them (she doesn't want them any more); I'm not sure what I want to do with them.

Martha DeMeo said...

I love your close uo photos of the detail on the spoons. I have a few old utensils from my gramma. I even have an old potato masher that I turned in to a holder for my small angels.

Cerebrations.biz said...

I have my grandmother's silver (used during Passover) and my mother's silver (used for meat), and my silver (dairy). Not for every day use- but for those meals I share with friends and relatives.

Paulette Romero said...

I love the detail of the spoons! I would love to have real silverware but i'll just have to stick to the working class's aluminium type.

Anna Jeanine said...

Those are lovely utensils!! I like them, too, and might work harder at collecting nice ones if I had room in the budget (or could get up early enough for garage sales!)

Paulette's comment scared me a little. Is my cheap silverware made of aluminum? Eek!

Jeanine

My UBC post...
How to anchor the story you're trying to create by creating an altar... http://www.dailyspiritualpractice.net/blog/summoning-the-new-story-creating-an-altar