Thursday, April 15, 2010

All that glitters is ... sometimes silver

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!

12 comments:

Frivolitea said...

What a bargain on those four lovely sterling pieces! That sounds like a fun shop to visit.

Samantha said...

Me too enjoy to polish silver and looking for old silver object!
I read always yours blog but I have not never post a comment cause my orrible english!

BB said...

At a tea attended by children, salt spoons might be just the right size for adding sugar to child-sized tea cups. Thanks so much for all of the time and effort you put into TWF, Angela. You are the Daffodil sifting sweets on us every day--- B-)

Belinda in SC said...

I too like to polish silver . AND I like to iron !! You get such nice results.
Didn't know about sugar sifter spoons. I would have thought it was just some kind of slotted spoon and served veggies w/ it !
I learn some much from your blog

Susan said...

I am not sure, but I have a lemon fork that looks like your floral sterling pattern.
maybe "Stieff Rose" ?

Bernideen said...

Great stuff Angela - good job!

Ginger said...

You are the second person I know that likes to polish silver. I took a yoga class with a lady a few years ago and this was her hobby.

Anonymous said...

Great post, Angela! Love the 'before & after' photos - really neat! We definitely like the same items, it's remarkable. Thanks for sharing, Joanie

Carol said...

I'm in agreement with Susan who thought that the beautiful fork might be "Steiff Rose" from the Kirk Steiff Co. If it's not that, then it might be their "Repousee" pattern which is very similar to "Steiff Rose." Whatever the pattern, you got a DEAL on all four fabulous pieces!

Karen Bullock said...

They're just lovely, Angela. I love to polish old silver I pick up here and there, also. And then hunting to find the pattern...what fun!

Cindy said...
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Cindy said...

These are adorable! Lucky! I just came across your blog and think it's lovely!