Tuesday, June 3, 2008

eBay today - coin silver

I've posted about coin silver before, I know. I'm just such a fan. It's easy to find and can be cheaper than sterling. I have a set of sterling flatware, but I find that when entertaining, I rely on my coin silver strays most often. Besides, I'm young and I don't have a huge dining room, so the kind of entertaining I do is of the buffet variety, no seated dinners. I tend to prepare food that doesn't require a knife and I have a julep cup full of forks, all mismatched. And for dessert, a julep cup full of spoons is ready for serving homemade lemon lotus ice cream, a Southern delicacy. Doesn't that have so much more character?

Coin silver is often embellished with hand chased monograms that just can't be duplicated today. Pick up singles or small sets where you can and mix and match. It will look better as a mismatched set, trust me. It looks like silver several different great- great- grandmothers buried to hide from the Union soldiers. Invent your own story and use your coin silver often.

A note on buying: sets of spoons are fairly easy to come by. Pick up a few sets and singles where you can. Don't ever eat cereal from stainless steel again. Just quickly hand wash your coin silver - don't throw it in the dishwasher. I know, I know... it's it a bit of a pain in the neck, but a little sacrifice is necessary for beauty. Forks and knives are harder to come by and are therefore a little pricier. Be patient but be ready to buy when you find a set you like.

Check out these listings here, here and here.


Pigtown-Design said...

I love this stuff! When I used to have a salvage place, we had a lot of small things like coin silver and hotel silver. If someone couldn't buy a fireplace surround, they might buy this instead!

I've talked about the french ivory (a synthetic ivory from the 30's) cutlery that i've been collecting. it makes every meal seem special!

A World in a PAN said...

I simply love these pictures! THey remind me of my grandmother's everyday table silverwear (those were other times, I gather).

andrew1860 said...

Coin silver go's very well with Old Paris porcelain. I have bought odds and ends in flatware over the last ten years.