Sunday, January 24, 2010

Silver Sunday IV


        I know that you- like me- have all rounded a corner, wherever you are exploring, and honed in on a box of something that seemed too good to be true.

        It is the unexpected perfect storm- the SOLD feeling in junking and thrifting- what I call EXPLORING- that matches wonderful with quantity with ‘I can’t believe the price’ with the amount of cash in the pocket.

        The flea market I frequent did just that one weekend about 2 years ago.  Boxes (I bought 3) of mismatched, tarnished silverplate, all for $80.

        And so my treasures sat, until I began the process of going through the boxes and pulling out what I wanted to clean first.

         Those boxes produced most of this.



        This pattern is one of my favorites.


        But then so is this.


        But then I also like this (and these, and these…).



        I have a real fixation on bread and butter knives, completely unrelated to the fact that I enjoy bread and butter. That is NOT a good fixation.


        And then there are teaspoons. I have a real respect for teaspoons- the workhorse of all flatware.

        But then I love salad forks- and serving pieces.


        I mean who thought of creating slots in this spoon in the shape of a flower?

        Sigh…I give up.

Go see Beth at Gypsyfish Journal for more Silver Sunday treasures.  Thank you Beth.




Jane said...

Wow!! You have a wonderful collection of silverware. I'm with you...I saw one pattern I liked and then you would picture another one I liked...OK, I like it all!!

Anonymous said...

Oh! These are gorgeous! The leaf pattern is calling my name, lol! I could see these on so many pretty tablescapes... Love 'em all!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Laura! Hope your trip was great. You landed a real deal for all this wonderful silver! I found a box once of silver just "dumped" I ended up with some beautiful pieces. It's just like a treasure hunt! Have a wonderful Sunday.

Rebecca said...

Hi Laura
Great find! Love love love the different silverware. My daughter one year for my birthday bought a beautiful set of old silver and monogrammed all my kids and grandkids initials on them. One of my all time favorite things.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a thrill to find such gorgeous silver in those boxes. All of your pieces are just gorgeous. Love them. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

What beautiful pieces of silver!

Deb said...

beautiful pieces...have a great Sunday

julie said...

Laura, really wonderful designs. Really does the heart good...julie

I Do Declare said...

"workhorse of flatware" - I LOVE (and my steal) that line!!!

Carole and Chewy said...

I cleaned out my kitchen a couple months ago and found a bundle of silverware, waiting for me to figure out what to do with it. I also found one of those advertised on TV aluminum plates to clean silverwear -so chucked it all in the sink, boiled the water, added baking soda, and it worked perfectly. We now have real silverware to eat with. My favorite's are the serving pieces - the big forks and slotted spoons.

Yours are gorgeous and I think my mother has the ones covered in leaves.


Mornin' Laura,
Isn't our job/passion one of the MOST rewarding. Imagine, you got all those wonderful diamonds-in-the-rough and you're using them to boot! This really makes me smile to see such beauties!
Have a great Sunday, Laura

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful silver pieces. I pick up what I can, when I can and I have become insatiable!

Love the little flower pattern! :-)


Helen said...

Hi there! I think your 'fixation' is perfectly normal and oh so much fun! Enjoy today.

Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

Beautiful pieces of silver cutlery!
Happy SS!

Sewing-Chick said...

Those ones with leaves on them are awesome!

Sandra said...

I wish I had a flea market like yours!! And I do appreciate your work in cleaning up your treasures! xoxo

Theresa said...

It is funny, Laura... this morning as I was looking around at some of the silver post, I remembered a box of silverware packed away that was my Mother-in-law's! I am going to search it out this week. Yours are all soooooo pretty. I love the different patterns. Sweet serving spoon with the holes in the shape of a flower. Enjoy your weekend dear friend!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty collection of silverware. I would have more silver if I did not mind polishing it so much.

NicNacManiac said...

SCORE...sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time....serendipity is wonderful! You have a great collection there!
Happy Silver Sunday, xOxO Nerina

Sonia said...

Wow what great pieces you have in your collection! So pretty!!

Miss Blooomers

Marigene said...

Laura, now that is a fabulous COLLECTION! How lucky to find 3 boxes...have you finally gotten it all polished? I have 4 soup spoons in the first pattern you have shown us...I am awaiting a book, Cass of That Old House, recommended so that I can identify it. I got sick of going through each page on Replacements, Ltd. to figure out a pattern, click, go back, click, go back!
Thanks so much for sharing.

{oc cottage} said...

Talk about the Mother Load! Who'd have thought you could buy boxes full of heaven! (I'm with you on the bread & butter thing too!;)

m ^..^

Anonymous said...

Love your collection. Wonder if the slots were for a reason? Is it a serving spoon? That would explain the slots. Happy Silver Sunday.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oooh, that must have been hours of entertainment going through that collection! Love the mixmatch!!

Sharlotte said...

Oh my goodness what a true treasure box you found! All such lovely pieces...all so different, but lovely just the same. I haven't been so lucky, perhaps I need to tag along with you! Thank you so much for sharing!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

It all sounds perfectly normal to me, love the silverware find, what fun going through all of it to will have a great time with that...I picked up your cute button and I have one would love for you to pick it up...Phyllis

Gypsy Fish said...

Fixations, obesession, addictions...they are quite normal. Well, in my head anyway. Your bread knives and all the other sivler is just beautiful!
Thanks for coming....see you next Sunday!
{{gypsy hugs}}

June said...

Well Laura you definitely hit the motherlode with these beautiful pieces of silver. I love it when things like that happen to me ,whether it be at a fleamarket or estate sale or yard sale.

Sarah said...

Laura, what a fantastic find. Like you, it's difficult to pick a favorite. But how fun to mix these on a table and have a different set at each place setting. Thanks for sharing! I always enjoy my visits to White Spray Paint.

Tootsie said...

I love them all too!!!

Anne Lorys said...

Oh now, just 'fess're a silverholic! ;-)

I was ooohing and aaahing with every pic!


EnchantedBella said...

Hi Laura, yes I know that felling and it's addicting. My name is Rebecca and I am a junking junkie! Such wonderful box of silver treasures you found. They are all beautiful. Happy SS

Sue said...

What a lovely collection of silver you have. I am crazy for silver too. It brightens things up so much this time of year.

Dixie said...

okay... so my fixation is on ice tea spoons... I think it's something about the long slender handles... girl you find the best stuff... and in bulk no less!

happy week! Dixie

Tanna said...

Oh, Laura! I have to be restrained from buying old silver! LOL! YOU obviously made THE haul of the decade with that box of beauty! Some of the pieces I have patterns that are the same, some I enjoyed seeing for the first time in your photos! Fun post!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for visiting. There is sort of a path that winds thru the store and believe it or not - same type things are sort of grouped together. They ask you if you are looking for anything in particular and can send you in the right direction. First time I had been in years, and then it was at a different location.
Fun store to visit.
Have a great week.

Anne Marie said...

great find Laura.....and those can be repurposed like Anthropologie is doing - pounding them out and making plant markers - so cute -

Marguerite said...

Fabulous find, Laura! Beautiful silver treasures and I love them all!

Kathy said...

Love your silver flatware! Sorry my Sunday Silver visit is so late but I do love your silver post!


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