January 03, 2010

Silver Sunday

Welcome to the first day of the Silver Sunday blogparty, hosted by Beth over at Gypsy Fish Journal ! Beth had the fabulous idea that we show our silver treasures to have some bling in January.

It was over 12 years ago during a vacation in New England when I suddenly developed a taste for decorative and/or useful silver items. I visited a lot of antique shops at beautiful route 6A on Cape Cod and there seemed to be lovely silver objects everywhere and I was attracted not only to the shine but also to intersting patterns and sometimes amazing workmanship. One of the first things I bought was an olive spoon (3rd from above). It is so delicate and exquisitely crafted. The cute cream ladle on top and the sugar spoon underneath had been recent flea market finds for only $ 1.50 each. The whipped cream ladle on the  bottom is used often when we have guests. I believe the spoon on the right side to be a petit fours server. On the detail picture you can see that it has a beautiful flower pattern.

I love scalloped shaped sugar spoons. When the handle is not so pretty they still can make a wonderful spoon pendant.

Although this sugar tong is lovely, I hardly use it because I just like "regular" sugar better than lump sugar. 

I didn't even know that there was a thing like a sardine server before I bought this one

I believe the one on the top and the 3rd to be sardine servers too but I could be wrong.

Isn't that a lovely pattern?

Nibbling a corn-on-the-cob can look a little bit more elegant with those corn hoIders, don't you think? The caviar spoon underneath had been found by hubby on the flea market last year. The silvering had been rubbed off but I find it still very pretty with the mother of pearl fish head. I have a thing for salt spoons because they are so tiny and cute with a length of about 2.5".

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my silverware!
Please hop over to Beth and take a look at her and the other participant's Silver Sunday posts!

Have a wonderful Sunday!




Dorthe said...

Oh Julia
you have some very beautifull silverware, and some for very sheap prices, -wonderfull to find old treasures for almost nothing.

Wishing you a wonderfull sunday dear.
Hugs and love Dorthe

Sunday Roses said...

..wow, da bin ich echt beeindruckt von deiner Sammlung. Mein lieber Mann musste gestern auch unsere diversen "Silbersachen" putzen. Bei unserem Raumklima laufen die ziemlich schnell an. Keine Ahnung warum...
Liebe Grüße

Les Cotrions said...

Your silverware is gorgeous! I like silver too!
Happy and creative 2010!

sissie said...

Oh my goodness, I'm in silver heaven! I love your pieces especially the corn holders!!
Thank you too for explaining what some of these pieces are used for. The necklace you made is todiefor!!!!
Thank you for visiting my post as well, I appreciate your king comments. I signed up to follow you too, your blog is beautiful and I'm sure you have lots of good things to share.
I'll be back often.


LiLi M. said...

Whow what a great collection! I love your explanations, as I never heard of sardine servers too. Not only they had excellent taste in the old days and nothing was too elobarote, but there was a tool for everything! My mother used to collect silver utensils and I have inherited everything. I keep it in a box on the attic, shame on me! But this collection is so my mother that I find it hard to put all those things in my house. Your post makes me reconsider that, thanks for inspiration and have fun at all other participants of Silver Sunday!

Linda K. said...

Yummy Yummy servers, sugar spoons and just yummy everything here. I love sugar spoons! And yes our little 'servers' look exactly alike! Love your taste in spoons! he he he.

Robin's Egg Blues

Gypsy Fish said...

Such an amazing collection! I absolutely love your sugar spoon pendants...
Thanks for participating!
See you next week
{{Gypsy Hugs}}

Sonia said...

Beautiful collection!! The corn holders are wonderful...I've never seen anything like them. Isn't it interesting to find out what all the spoons and forks were used for? It seems back at the turn of the century they had something special to use for each type of food. I am still researching the pieces I received. Your post is so lovely! Happy Silver Sunday! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Sylvia said...

I am drooling over your silver collection. I too love the detail and workmanship of certain silver pieces. I have become a follower and cant wait to see more of your beauties. I will be back to stroll thru your blog. Happy Silver Sunday

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Wow, what a fantastic collection! I love the necklace!!

Is the header your room? Loving it!

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your collection!

Have a wonderful day!


Vintage Blue Studio said...

These are fantastic pieces!

French Cupboard said...

That mother-of-pearl spoon is really unique! One of the other participants has a "pusher" and a set of "apostle spoons". I hadn't heard of either of them before. I'm learning so much this Silver Sunday *smiles*

Happy Silver Sunday! Blessings... Polly (Counting Your Blessings & French Cupboard)

Jane said...

You have a wonderful collection. The corn on the cob holders are my favorite...so unique. The spoon pendant you created was a beautiful piece too.

Teresa said...

Julia, what a wonderful collection! I've never heard of a sardine server before. They are so unique!

I love your spoons and that spoon pendant is so wonderful . . . what a great idea!

Thanks so much for sharing today!

Happy Silver Sunday and all the best in the New Year!


NicNacManiac said...

Your collection is absolutely unique and so charming!! I have never seen so many charming pieces. Thanks for sharing!
Happy Silver Sunday, xOxO Nerina :)

Diane said...

Beautiful collection, Happy New Year

The Feathered Nest said...

Such beautiful silver treasures Julia!!!! I love them all ~ I wanted to wish you a very happy and healthy new year sweet friend ~ hugs and love, Dawn

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

Julia, thanks for the lessons on what is what... I honestly have no clue what I'm buying! So often I'm just attracted to the design or curve of the handle and I always buy my stuff CHEAP! your insight was so interesting! And I love the pendant... di you make it? Gorgeous! ~ Theresa

Linda said...

Wonderful silver. Makes me want to dig in those boxes of silverware at antique malls to see what I might find!

The Lazy Peacock said...

you have such an amazing collection! i love every single piece!

Secondhandrose said...

What a beautiful collection. I am learning alot from these silver posts. Thanks for sharing.


stefanie said...

lots of pretties!!!

BellaRosa said...

Julia amor, what a beautiful collection you have! I always thought I wasn't into silver, you know I still have nightmares of cleaning silverware on weekends for my mama before gatherings and big todos lol But as I have been visiting everyones collections, I am shocked at just how much silver I have in my own home :) I might have to figure out how to join this lil party, the only thing is with most of my pieces, I have no idea what they were orginally for and they are all tarnished because I have no idea how to clean without losing that aged look and I am too embarrassed to ask my mama lol I can't wait to see more of your posts! Besos, Rose

Kathy said...

Beautiful silver pieces! I love the sugar spoons and the sweet little tongs.

Lyneen said...

Amazing serving pieces... I never saw so many different types of forks and spoons. All My Favorite Things


Such a fabulous collection~whimsical details everywhere. Thanks so much for sharing your unusual and beautiful silver ~ Angela

Maureen said...

Wow! You have such beautiful and unusual silver pieces.

Driving 6a on Cape Cod can be so fun. I live about 45 minutes from the bridge and try to go as often as possible.

shabbychicinspired said...

Bin ja total begeistert!! So eine tolle Sammlung! Super schön, Julia!!

Charlene said...

Julia, thank you for sharing your collection. It is wonderful! Isn't it funny how the victorians had soooooooooooo very many different serving pieces. Heavens, these days if we can get the meal cooked & the table set we are doing good! Have a great week! Charlene

ceekay said...

thanks for visiting with me! You have some beautiful pieces in your serving collection. I love all the work on so many of them!

Gypsy Brocante said...

Wow, what a stunning collection you have ... I'm drooling ... honestly it's amazing! Thank you for sharing!


Nancy Maxwell James said...

oh my! these are the most breathtaking pieces...I am amazed at the gorgeous detail in each one! I own very little silver...but I do have some mixed pieces from my Great-Grandparents old silverware...they are packed now...you make me want to rip open the box and peek! :) beautiful collection you have here Julia! thank you for sharing and Happy New Year!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Julia,

It was great to see your silver collection.
I loved them all but the one with the bow on the handle is gorgeous.
Happy New Year and I hope that your first week is going very well.


Xela said...

Was für tolle Schätze. Ich wünsche dir ein gutes neues Jahr Julia. l.G. Alexandra

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

You have such an amazing collection of silver serving pieces. I love them all. Such beautiful patterns. Thanks for the education, because I had no clue what a sardine server was!


Rostrose said...

Liebe Julia, das sind ja TRAUM-Stücke! Ich habe gerade mal einen einzigen Silber-Löffel vom Flohmarkt. (Leider hat meine Mutter ihr Hochzeitsbesteck offenbar verschenkt - sie kann sich nichtmal mehr erinnern, an wen... Aber es ist unauffindbar...)
Dank dir auch für deinen lieben Kommentar - hihi, das klingt ja nicht gerade so, als wärest du vom Schnee begeistert ;-)
Dann schick ich dir einfach ganz liebe "warm regards" zuum Reinkuscheln! Bis bald, trau.mau

Sanny said...

You have an absolutely wonderful blog, love it!!!
Thanks for visiting my blog aswell!
Happy New Year!

June said...

Julia, these are really beautiful. I have such a love of silver, but I have nothing this beautiful. My gosh they are amazing. I really think I need to go shopping, don't you?

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE your silver, I want it all! Those are some of the sweetest little spoons I've ever seen!

Bravo, show me more!!! :-)


Vicki said...

Hello, Julia,
All of your silver pieces are so charming. You have a quite wonderful collection. Thank you for sharing them with us! Vicki

Lana of Honeysuckle Lane said...

Good morning Julia!

You have some gorgeous pieces there! I have lots of tarnished silver (plated) pieces, silverware, bowls, compotes, vases, etc. Somehow I started collecting them from thrift stores and it just grew and grew!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for leaving such nice comments. I had no idea that Dawn had mentioned my wreath was in Etsy's Voter... bless her sweet heart!

Wizard of Was said...

Hi Julia,
Thanks so much for coming by and leaving such a nice comment. I'm sorry I missed this post on Sunday. I will be joining in this Sunday for sure! I love love your silver! I never knew that that was a caviar spoon. I have a similar one and never could figure it out...thanks. Nice idea with the scalloped sugar spoon. Have a great day and we'll meet up on Sunday!!

Tracey said...

Hello Julia! Your silver pieces are just beautiful!!! I love the scalloped sugar spoons!!

Happy weekend!

:) T

Gracie Jewellery said...

I love your spoons. The spoon on the right-I have my mother-in-laws. She always used it to serve cranberries. She served the actual berries in a sauce. The spoon drained the berries perfectly. Between you and me, I'd much rather have petit fours!