I have a new fascination in my world of antiquing...I can't seem to get enough of old silver flatware these days. When I was out at Renninger's a couple weeks ago, I hit the jackpot with bins and bins of old dirty pieces just begging for me to salvage them from the piles! I was digging in there like a dog after a bone to find my new treasures. I only settled for the most unusually ornate pieces that I came across. A few of my finds I just fell in love with and will definitely make room for them in my own collection, but the majority will land in my Etsy shop.
I have tested a few pieces over the last month and all have sold fairly quickly.
One of the trends right now that I have been reading about is mixing different patterns for place settings. It makes for a more interesting table. You can even take it as far as mixing up your china patterns as well. Be sure to keep your linens in a fairly neutral one-toned hue so that your guests can appreciate the lovely mixed pattern settings.
Many of the pieces I have found are engraved with initials which seems to add to the charm for me. Often times, the engraved lettering is so ornate in detail that it is difficult to even make out the initial, but that's okay because it just gives the silver a bit of mysterious elegance in my opinion. I found a set of twelve engraved forks which I love, but can't seem to decide if the initial is a "W" or an "M"~so I have decided to call it an "M" for my last name.
It works for me!
Aren't these pieces gorgeous? If you are a collector and see something you like,
be sure to visit Swede13 for some tempting shopping!
Mix your table up this spring~