You just never know what you're going to find when you visit What's in Store, the lovely little shop across the street from my office. I went there on a lunch break one day last week and left with four pieces of silverware I'd found at the delightfully bargain price of just 99¢ each. I told Donna, the owner, how much I enjoy polishing silver, and she remarked that I am the first customer she's ever heard say that. (But I do!)
Look how nicely these pieces cleaned up! From left are a Gorham sterling silver salt spoon (Strasbourg pattern), a tiny fork whose mark I can't quite read, an 1847 Rogers "Daffodil" pattern sugar sifter spoon from 1950, and a sterling-handled Towle butter knife (I think; I used it for lemon curd on Sunday). The wonky design on the knife blade is because I was shooting the photo outdoors and trees are reflecting, I believe.
Perhaps because of my current flower obsession, I was already totally enamored of this "Daffodil" pattern sugar sifter spoon, and it ended up being quite a useful tool as well. I wanted to sift decorative pink sugar onto Pink Lemonade Cupcakes the other day, but I already had the cupcakes set inside the wrappers and needed to be fairly neat about it. With this spoon, a gentle shake of the hand slowly, slowly disperses just a little sugar at a time.
When you're through, you'll have just a few grains of sugar left in the bowl. I cannot wait to use this again! Do any of you have sugar sifter spoons? If so, what else do you use them for? Also, I would love to find a "tea" use for old-fashioned salt spoons. Any ideas out there? I need to make sure I get my 99¢ worth out of these pieces!