The November 2011 issue of Country Living Magazine contained an article on collecting sterling silver flatware in the monthly section on "Vintage finds and what they're worth". Which has left me with a distressing question...
If the silverware I received as a wedding gift is already vintage, what the h*** does that make me???
Chantilly was followed closely by #2 Grand Baroque, #3 Francis I, #4 Old Master, #5 Strasbourg, #6 Rose Point, #7 Buttercup, #8 Prelude, #9 Fairfax and #10 Repousse, with forks in these patterns valued from $110. to $200. each.
This is my silver pattern, Fontana by Towle. It didn't make Country Living's "Top Ten" list but I still love it. It's old and simple...a lot like me now that I'm vintage!
By the time I married again, times had changed and I was more interested in collecting mismatched dishes and flatware from Dansk and IKEA that I could change out to suit my mood.
Do young brides today still register for sterling and china?
My great aunt, Eunice, worked in a high-end jewelry store in Connecticut and gave me this little silver pin in my silver pattern. I'm not sure if it was a salesman's sample or something that one could actually purchase at the time. But it still sits in a special corner of my jewelry box.
To show you its size, here it is next to a teaspoon in the same pattern...a cute little collectible with lots of happy memories attached.
I also have a few pieces of MIL #1's silver.
Her pattern, Fairfax by Gorham, is #9 on Country Living's list and, as was the custom in her day, she had each piece monogrammed.
This little "Silver" towel was a flea market find. The embroidered fork and spoon look pretty happy together but I do feel a little sorry for Mr. Knife...guess he just couldn't cut it (sorry...couldn't resist!).
Did you choose a silver pattern when you got married?
If so, do you still use and enjoy it?
Or is it stored away in a big silver chest in favor of more casual or funky dinnerware?
I'm happy that I have both choices...timeless sterling when I'm feeling "vintage" and colorful retro when I'm ready for a little walk on the table-setting wild side.
How about you?
This post is linked to the following blog parties...I hope you'll take a few minutes to visit them:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On the Porch
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life