Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Silver-Plated Cutlery & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #9

Vintage Silver-Plated Cutlery

It's Remembrance Day here in Canada, a day on which we pay tribute to the members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty, and also to those who have served our country in the name of peace. I wrote a little bit about my own family's experience with war in this post.

Remembrance Day 2014 comes shortly after the recent tragedies that saw (my fellow Hamiltonian) Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent killed in their own country. We will remember them today along with all the others who have given their lives. Peace to you, my friends.


Vintage Silver-Plated Cutlery

Thank you to everybody who has faithfully linked up to Vintage Bliss Tuesdays. What a great group of thrift store-loving peeps, I have to say. Today I'm sharing a look at yet another bounty of items I got from my mom. (It seems impossible at this point, but somehow I still come away regularly with a few vintage items from her home.)

Vintage Silver-Plated Cutlery

Actually this mix of silver-plated and stainless steel cutlery was intended for my brother's fiancee. Mom thought it would help her as she hosted her family members for Thanksgiving. Fortunately for me, Liz didn't want to polish all these silver-plated spoons, knives and forks. And I was looking for cutlery for my food photos.

silver-plated knives, forks and spoons

I'll probably polish the cutlery one day, but for now I like the well-used, vintage look for my photographs. When the time does come though, does anybody have tips for cleaning up silver-plated cutlery quickly?

Have you inherited any vintage goods recently?


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24 comments:

  1. I hope someone has some tips! I have a set that needs polished too!

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    1. Sounds like we have some work to do! ;)

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  2. I have lots of cutlery like that from my husband's grandparents and we've never polished them. They're store away in a box somewhere, which doesn't do them justice! We have some silver plated cups (like little shot glass size), to get them clean my husband wraps each one tightly in aluminium foil and puts them in a non-aluminium pot of boiling water and leaves them in until they're clean :)

    It's Remembrance Day here too. I never knew my grandfathers' stories from the war, as they never spoke about it, but it did all start to spill out when their dementia got pretty bad.

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    1. I really like your husband's method! Doesn't involve me polishing each and every item. Gotta love that!

      I wish more grandparents would write their stories down. I think it's so great if we can share their stories with our kids - not just about war, but other things as well. Often they have such interesting tales to tell.

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  3. It's Veteran's Day in US here.

    I love those silver plated cutlery. I am always on the hunt for them.
    One easy tips I know to polish them is to placed them on an crinkled aluminum paper, sprinkle some baking soda and pour hot water. I clean my sterling necklaces that way, haven't tried on cutleries though. I prefer the old patina.

    Thanks for hosting and commenting on my blog. You are so sweet.

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    1. So do you actually have a holiday on Veterans Day? We don't on Remembrance Day, which I think is a shame.

      I knew that I could count on you guys for great cleaning tips! Your idea sounds easy enough. (I am trying to avoid the polishing with a toothbrush type of thing.) You're right, the old patina is nice. I might just polish a few to use for dinner.

      You are most welcome! Thanks for linking up. I love your blog. You have great style. :)

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  4. I do not polish silver - just use it for decorative purposes. That is quite the load. Thank you for hosting!

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    1. Oooh, I need some ideas for decorating with them! I love putting things out on display rather than tucking them away. Yes, it is quite the load. My mom can always be counted on for collections of vintage goodies. Thanks for joining in the party! Jo

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  5. WOW - that's a lot of silverware!!

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  6. Hi Jo
    I polish my silver with baking soda and a couple drops of lemon juice to make a paste then with a soft cloth clean in a circular motion in the same direction.

    Ps I wish I had more time I would love Ace he is so so cute SORRY JOLENE

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    1. You sound like a pro. I think you need to come help me clean all this stuff! ;)

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  7. Thank you fro bringing your great silverware collection to Make It Monday.

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    1. Thanks for being a great hostess Donna. :)

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  8. These would be perfect for eating pie with at an afternoon tea. There is something to be said for pretty dishes and cutlery.

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    1. I agree!! I am all about enjoying the good dishes! :)

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  9. I would love keeping it just as it is! How lovely! Thanks for a fun party my friend! Hugs, Diane

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    1. Hi Diane, I'll probably keep some as is, and polish some. A balance. ;) Jo

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  10. Its pretty but I would have rather passed on it than have to polish it LOL

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  11. I love the patina on the cutlery and don't polish it but use it for projects and to display. Love all your pieces!

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    1. Thank you! I have to think of some display options. :)

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  12. My mom uses her silver every single day! And it's gorgeous, her view is why save it for once a year when you can enjoy it every day. Once my boys are more grown and won't try to take it to school, for a "project" or out to the dirt pile, I'll be using mine daily too.

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    1. I am in total agreement with your mom. I love to enjoy my things. But, yes, it's sometimes not wise with kids around. ;)

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