Wow, what a great time I had at the thrift store today! I'm always on the lookout for vintage silverware and today I got lucky! I found several old sets of silverplate flatware. Silverplate used to be extremely common for every day household use. In fact, as I was growing up we used silverplate every day and sterling utensils for Sundays.
This was a popular design often referred to as fiddle shaped. It's hard to see in the photo, but these are engraved with the initials EL. I used to shy away from monogrammed pieces, but I have come to love the history associated with them. Ooh, I still need to polish these!
I found a full service for 8 plus a few serving pieces of Gorham's Lady Caroline. I plan on using this set for my Christmas Idea House raffle table. You can check out last year's table setting HERE. The pattern has a lovely delicate neck and flares out at the base , a classic design.
This pattern is called Grosvenor by Community. A little silver polish worked wonders.
Here's a sneak peak of what I'm working on for the Christmas House fundraiser. Yes, I start EARLY working on this! I've got the plates and now the silver. I still need glassware, linens and a centerpiece. Plenty of time!
I recently painted this old utensil caddy. Perfect for my new treasures! By the way, I paid less than $35 for over 75 pieces of silver. Quite a bargain!