Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Vintage Flatware

Hey there!  My hubby recently purchased the contents of another building to "pick" and has been bringing home all kinds of fun things for me to play with.  One of which was a big box of vintage silver flatware.  I just love vintage flatware and this particular group happens to be from the 30's.  Imagine the wonderful history it has.
I was torn between leaving it as is or polishing it up as very old flatware patina really appeals to me.  But after polishing one of the spoons, I decided I had to spiff it all up.  It took an entire morning but I'm sure glad I did.   Here's what it looks like after all that work.
The picture here really doesn't do it justice.  They are perfect and I'm crazy about these fork and spoon collections, as well as, this collection of odd shaped spoons on the end.
And these larger forks and spoons are just lovely and sparkly.
There were also this collection of serving pieces that I was so excited about.  I'm crazy about the pie server because I don't have one and so this beautiful piece will come in very handy. 

I didn't want to just put all of it away in a drawer to never be admired, so, I decided to do something special with it.  I grouped the forks, spoons, small and large, together and tied them with jute twine, kind of like a flatware bouquet.  :)
Then I took an old bushel basket and lined it with part of a coffee sack.  I tied a piece of rope around the overhang and attached this cute little merci clay tag to it.  Then filled it with our white cloth napkins and all the beautiful vintage flatware "bouquets."
I placed it next to the small pedestal chalk board I made, as well as, the wonderful french wine box I received.
I am loving warm wood tones with whites and light grays right now.  I put my our wine collection in this wonderful wood crate that hubby found.
Love it!

I'm also working on another piece for the dining room that hubby brought home that is getting a total transformation.  I'll give you a sneak peak of the before.
Can't wait to show you what I've done with it!  Stay tuned!  Wishing you all a happy day!


  1. what an awesome find! I was just reading about Silver flatware and the history behind designs in the new Country Living magazine. I'm going to be on the look out now.

  2. Its gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you do with it. Love the chalkboard!!

  3. LOVE it! If I had access or knew of where I could find all the lovely vintage goodies you come home with, I'd be in heaven!

  4. Wow!!! I can't wait to see what you've done with that umm... dresser? China hutch? Hahaha... I'm not sure what to call it but I'm excited to see how it looks all spiffed up too! You're so creative with the silverware bouquet... love it!!!

  5. i love old silver, silverware too & such a lovely display! Esther from fleurcottage

  6. LOL Steph! We think it's some kind of old sink cabiinet or bathroom vanity??? Not really sure! LOL

  7. The flatware looks beautiful. I collect vintage flatware as well-especially if it's monogramed-it doesn't even have to be any of my initials! I just love it.

  8. Lovely vignette!
    Can you tell me how you cleaned it?
    I picked some up recently and can't get it to come clean : (


  9. Hi Dee, I used Weiman Silver Cream from Wal-Mart. I have been very happy with it.

  10. Love the silverware and how you displayed it!
    Can't wait to see your newest find all finished.
    Love the chalkboard in the background.
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. What great finds and you have displayed them so nicely. I think you should crack open a bottle of wine and enjoy some pie with hubby to celebrate ;)

  12. The whole effect looks beautiful!!! I think the spoons in the left of the picture are of my pattern, princess royal!! Thanks for sharing and can't wait to see the next finished piece!

  13. HOW pretty! I love how you are storing it, too! No wonder your hubby loves bringing things to YOU! Your eye for the ordinary in making it so special is amazing! Now, I just might need to polish my hubbys' grammys' old silverware to see what beauty lies beneath the years of tarnish! OH.HAPPY.DAY sweet friend!

  14. What treasures! I especially love the serving pieces & just in time to use for family holidays.

  15. The cutlery is just beautiful, I love how you displayed it!

  16. looks great! I love vintage silverware!!

    I would recommend storing the wine on it's side so the corks don't dry out and you wine goes bad. (I work for a wine distributor)


  17. What an AMAZING transformation. I just soak in every post of your blog. I really love the vintage flatware and display too. You're so very talented and have fabulous ideas. ♥

  18. Love your vintage finds! Also your before and afters! Your quite clever and creative!
    xoxo Carly
    New follower!


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