Dirilyte: A Full Course Dinner for Tableware Fans and Collectors

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(image credits: http://www.thefind.com/)

 

Gone were the days of the essentially proper table setting rules when it comes to eating at home with your loved ones. That’s ancient history now in this age of fast-food, take-outs, and food trucks. Owning precious sets of tableware was the norm back then, especially for full-time moms. One name that was very big in decades past is Dirilyte – a manufacturer of golden-hued flatware (spoons, forks, knives) and hollowware (bowls, coffee and tea pots, pitchers). Although not plated and containing no trace of gold, these utensils are still sought after for the company’s story and value until today.

 

Putting the Flash in Flashback

The company started out when Swedish metallurgist Carl Molin developed a solid-through bronze alloy in his homeland in 1914. He brought his creations to New York and was greatly received that he decided to produce more. 1919 saw the founding of Dirigold as a partnership between Molin and Oscar von Malmborg. Selling big time, several Swedish-Americans proposed its expansion in the US that led to its establishment in Indiana several years later.

 

1935 brought about the name change into Dirilyte for the purpose of not misleading the public into thinking there’s really gold in it. Its popularity and production continued that the company started making them with the Bonded Protectant (BP) coating in 1961. This gives the utensils a distinct sparkle and eliminates the need for polishing. Public interest eventually waned and production finally ceased in 1986.

 

Dine Like a Boss

Dirilyte tableware was extremely expensive back in its heyday. A five-piece setting costs over $700. If you’re into collecting vintage tableware, you’re lucky now that it costs much less than that. A 90-piece service set was reportedly sold at $599. For authentication, pieces are marked with either the company’s name and/or a cloverleaf logo commonly found under its handles.

Additionally, four standard patterns were made by the company: Empress, Florentina, Tuscany, and Regal.  The Empress and Florentina showed a more straight-edged handle while the Tuscany and Regal sported a more contoured one.

 

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(image credits: http://www.artfire.com/)

All that Glitters Is Gold

Care instructions for Dirilyte tableware with or without BP finish are almost the same. The only difference is that the pieces coated with BP do not require polishing, while those without coating need to be treated with the company’s own heavy-duty polish that’s still in production and available today. To ensure that your golden-hued utensils maintain its shimmery appearance and fine condition, follow these simple and easy steps:

  1. Do not wash the pieces in a dishwasher. Instead, wash by hand immediately after use. Use warm water and mild detergent or soap.
  2. Rinse well and dry thoroughly.
  3. Apply Dirilyte polish for non-BP tableware only as soon as tarnishing appears.
  4. Store only in untreated flannel wraps.

The Wrap-up

These days, fewer households are practicing the art of proper table setting. However, it doesn’t mean that it is not fun to try it every once in a while. If you’re looking for fancy pieces of tableware to add in your collection, then you should definitely grab a set from Dirylite.

 

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Pewter and Its Different Uses through the Years

Pewter is a metal alloy that has been in use for centuries. It has properties that make it great for crafting various objects ranging from common household items to intricately detailed ornaments. But what is pewter made of exactly?

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Components of Pewter

Pewter is a metal alloy, which means it’s a mixture of more than one kind of metal. In the case of pewter, it is mainly composed of around 90% tin. The other percent is made up of another type of metal such as lead, antimony or copper. Tin has the advantage of being very malleable, but has an extremely low melting point. By mixing it with another metal that melts at a higher temperature, you can increase its melting point. The result is pewter, a metal alloy that has all the strengths of its two separate components.

Uses of Pewter

Because its main component is tin, it’s easy to assume that pewter is cheap. You might associate it with inexpensive and mundane things like tin cans and tin foil. But pewter is actually a useful metal alloy that has been used in various ways throughout history. Going as far back as the Bronze Age, pewter has been used to craft useful objects. And even today, it can be found in all kinds of items. Here are some examples of pewter’s uses.

For religious purposes – In the 11th century in Europe, pewter was very expensive. The only ones who could afford it were a handful of wealthy people and priests. It was used for making church vessels like chalice cups, candlesticks and paten – a saucer for holding the host bread. Because of its high cost and use in special ceremonies, pewter items were considered status symbols.

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For tableware and drink ware – By the 18th century, the price of this metal alloy fell and it was widely used by normal middle class folk as well. Pewter was used to make eating and drinking utensils like spoons, forks, plates, cups and cutlery. It was used to make liquid containers such as mugs, teapots, saucepans and bowls. Pewter was a popular choice for making tankards and was a common sight in taverns. The wealthy and the masses alike enjoyed their meals with pewter tableware. Mass production through the industrial revolution helped in making it more accessible to commoners.

For decorations – Because pewter contained poisonous lead and was replaced by other alternatives like porcelain, its use at the dinner table declined by the end of the 18th century. However, pewter still has use in non-dinnerware objects like vases, buttons and inkwells. It can be used for crafting beautiful decorations and ornaments. To this day, it’s one of the main components for crafting statuettes and figurines. The malleability of pewter lends itself well to the shaping of elaborate designs.

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For jewellery – Pewter isn’t just used to adorn rooms. It can be also be used to dress yourself up in stylish accessories. Today, it’s used for making jewellery and trinkets. Gorgeous baubles like pendants, charm bracelets and earrings can be crafted from pewter. Jewellery made from this alloy has an elegant sheen that is timelessly fashionable, making it an affordable alternative to more expensive metal accessories. Pewter can also be used for novelty items like replica coins and badges.

Although the use of pewter isn’t as widespread as it used to be, it still has its place in modern times. The way it’s being used today has changed. But it’s a welcome change that introduces new and unique ways of creating. Indeed, this metal alloy has proved itself to be both useful and versatile.

With new ways and ingredients to make pewter, having decorations and utensils made from this alloy isn’t so far-fetched anymore. You might even have pewter items of your own. What other kind of objects do you think can be made with this metal?

How the First Lady of Food founded America’s Love for Flatwares

Who is Betty Crocker?

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Most Americans today know her from the many cooking products they encounter in their kitchen at home. We know her as a  convenient box of easy-to-make cake mixes and canned frostings.  But before the Betty Crocker we know and love today, she was the homemaker’s confidante in the kitchen.

When the Great Depression struck America, many families relocated to the big cities in search of work. As a result, far from home and their mothers, the women of families had no one to help them hone their skills in cooking or baking. They needed someone to turn to and confess their most frustrating kitchen troubles to.

In 1921, Washburn-Crosby Company (currently General Mills), launched an advertising campaign for Gold Medal Flour which lead to the start of Betty Corcker’s career. When the company placed an ad in the Saturday Evening Post, participants were asked to complete a puzzle and send it in for a prize. The result turned out to be a tremendous surprise as approximately 30,000 finished puzzles were sent to the Washburn-Crosby offices, accompanied by letters expressing women’s cooking and baking problems, asking for tips. This was when the company recognized the women’s need for someone they can trust when it comes to providing answers to their cooking and baking problems.

BettyCrocker-2As Betty Crocker gained popularity as a kitchen confidante for women, she went from writing letters to sharing baking secrets by radio. In 1924, Washburn-Crosby started airing a cooking show for Betty, entitled the Betty Crocker Cooking School of the Air. In 1951, Betty’s voice began to have a face with her several TV appearances in the Burns and Allen Show and, later on, for her very own cooking show.

Introduced in the 1930s, Betty’s first product was an all-purpose baking mix which was launched with her first Cook Book entitled 101 Delicious Bisquick Creations. Soon after, point values were printed on the boxes of cake mixes, which started the habit of collecting Betty Crocker points among household kitchens that even became a tradition for most families. The range of dining and kitchen items available for redemption wound up in a catalog, further amplifying anticipation among Betty’s followers and devotees.

With Betty Crocker’s Catalog Program, consumers’ participation strengthened the brand among other household brands, establishing a strong support base during the program’s 75 years of existence. In turn, poking into every housewife and every home’s aspiration on availing discounts for kitchen merchandise, especially flatwares.

According to Renee Stark, Merchandise Manager of General Mills, “They would buy the products, they would clip the box tops, and they would send those in – plus cash – for savings on merchandise.

Moms would start collecting points and building a trove of treasures for her daughter who she sees marrying in the future. And when the wedding day comes, as gifts the family would give them additional place settings to start a new home together.

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Through Betty Crocker’s Catalog Program, flatware started to mean something more than just a set of utensils used for eating or serving food. It became sentimental, the kind of gift most people look forward to. It was treated as a precious treasure to be cherished for many years to come.

Betty Crocker’s Catalog Program extended beyond being just another coupon redemption program and has become deeply rooted into the lives of families in America. Aside from the diffferent stages of excitement it provided among its devotees, it also allowed each household to grow their very own flatware collection, piece by piece. The depth of emotion it inspired and how long the program thrived proves to have strengthened American’s love for flatwares as a whole.

In the 1940s, Betty Crocker was acknowledged as second to Eleanor Roosevelt in being the most recognizable female in America. She got the title that still rings true to this date, ‘America’s First Lady of Food’. According to Susan Marks, author of the book “Finding Betty Crocker: the Secret Life of America’s First Lady of Food”, Betty’s persona was able to gain trust and compassion among Americans who desire to present their families with love and sweetness that can be expressed through baking or cooking, and this proves true especially among mothers.

Although compassion was not able to keep Betty Crocker’s Catalog Program alive, with the changes in shopping patterns and the coming up of credit cards and online shopping, Betty has definitely touched American’s lives, keeping their zest for flatware collection a meaningful one.

Knife Construction – Stamp, Drop Forge, and Hollow Handle

If you’ve ever bought kitchen knives in a shop, you’ve probably encountered a few brands that boast that their blades are dropped forged or stamped. Some even say that the handles are hollow in construction. Whether or not you’re shopping on a budget, it’s important to be knowledgeable of exactly what these terms mean in order to get more value for your money.  And in order to do that, you need to learn a little more about the different types of knife construction:

Drop Forged

In a post from engineerstudent.co.uk, drop forging is a process wherein “the metal to be formed is first heated then shaped by forcing it into the contours of a die.” If you’re a fan of old samurai flicks, you’ve probably seen a lot of scenes wherein a blacksmith pounds on a piece of blazing iron using a hammer.  That process is called hot-drop-forging. As the name implies, this method uses extreme heat to shape the metals. Knives that are forged using the hot-drop process have impressive strength because their grain structure is realigned and stretched. Moreover, these cutleries are more durable compared to the ones that are casted or processed on a machine.

Another forging process that is commonly used in creating cutlery sets is cold drop forging. In this method, metal is deformed while it is below its recrystallization temperature. Cold forging works best on soft metals such as aluminum or copper. Most manufacturers prefer to use this method because it’s more cost-efficient that hot-drop forging, and there’s less risk of contamination.

The main benefit of a forged knife is that they’re easier to sharpen. Thanks to its rigid frame, the blade doesn’t twist when you’re holding it firmly against a whetstone. Unfortunately, its non-flexible quality can also be considered as a disadvantage.  If you want to fillet anchovies, it’s better if you use a stamped knife instead.

Stamping

According to metrokitchen.com, stamped knives are “made from large, continuous sheets of stainless steel.”  A large machine stamps out the shape of the blade, just like how a cookie cutter molds the dough into different shapes. Afterwards, the handle is then attached, and the blade gets sharpened and polished.

For consumers, one of the biggest advantages of a stamped knife construction is that they are cheaper than the forged ones. If you want to complete your kitchen knife set without going beyond your intended budget, you should definitely buy these machine-made blades.  In addition, you can use them for filleting and deboning chicken or fish meat.

However, stamped cutlery does not undergo any forging process, which means that they’re not extremely durable. In addition, flexible blades also dull quickly and are harder to sharpen. You also have to be more careful when handling a stamped knife because they usually don’t have any bolster. If you’re careless, you might cut yourself while cooking.

Hollow Handle

When it comes to knife handles, there are two types of hollow handles that you can see on the market. On one hand, forged blades usually have their tangs mounted to the handle using cement. On the other hand, stamped knives are welded to the hilt.

Blades with hollow handles are superior compered to their solid counterparts. With a hollow handled knife, you won’t feel too much strain when chopping your ingredients because its weight is evenly distributed. It’s also lighter, and has an impressive pattern definition.

Can you recommend some reliable knife manufacturers? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Packing & Shipping Flatware in the Most Careful & Precautious Manner

There comes a point in our lives when we move away from our childhood homes to start anew, or even to settle down with a partner. As if the actual act of moving your belongings isn’t enough of a hassle; you still have to ensure that your precious cargo doesn’t get damaged in the process.

(Photo taken from www.hip2save.com)
(Photo taken from www.hip2save.com)

Your flatware set is one of those things that should be given extra care when shipping via courier service. It is much better to be extra careful than to lose or damage even a single piece. Some flatware collections are difficult to find a replacement piece and it will cost you more money. Moreover, if your flatware collection happens to be a gift from someone important, never will you want to lose it along with the sentimental value it possesses.
For these reasons, you want to make sure that your silvers are lovingly packed before being shipped off to another home. To help you do this, here are a few tips you can do before you pack and ship your flatware:

Wash, clean, and air dry the flatware
It is important to clean the silverware thoroughly. There might still be some stains left from the last time you used it. Build up of bacteria caused by storing for a long time will also be washed away. Don’t forget to towel dry and air dry them after washing. Moisture that can form, if not air dried, will tarnish them.

Polish until it get the lustrous appearance
Polishing helps you to utilize the flatware for a longer period of time. It will bring your flats back to mint condition and prevent any tarnishing that may occur as they are being delivered.

Organize the flatware to the types
Spoons go together and the same goes for the forks and knives. Knives, most especially, should be handled with extra care. You wouldn’t want anyone to get hurt. It’s easier to unpack too if everything is grouped accordingly.

Use cloth, bubble wrap or plastic bag
Encase them in a cloth, plastic bag, or bubble wrap. In this way, the flatware will stay in place. This also serves as a protection against scratching and tarnishing.

Select a sturdy package
Ideally, a carton box or chest with a sturdy base would be the best to use. Check the total weight of all the flatware. Your container should be able to withstand its total mass.

Arrange the flatware properly inside the package
The longest and heaviest utensils should be placed at the bottom of the package. Maximize the space so you won’t need to use another package.

Seal the container
Make sure the package is properly sealed. Imagine the mess if the package suddenly bursts open and all your flatware got scattered. More importantly, a sealed package is less susceptible to theft.

Carry with precaution
Avoid dropping the container. Place it somewhere kids can’t reach. Handle it gently. Remember its weight and be cautious wherever you will bring it.

If sending via a courier service, trust a recommended company
Choose a courier service that can guarantee you of carefully handling the package and delivering it within the timeframe promised. This will free you from the hassle of transporting the flatware yourself.
With these simple tips, your cherished flatware will be safely shipped to its destination with the same gorgeous look as before it was packed.

Visit our Ebay Store, www.TheEscapePlace.com for our different stainless steel silverware flatware. The Escape Place offers different kinds of silverware from different brands, Oneida, Towle, Reed and Barton, and may more. We can ensure you that the packing of each item is secured for shipping.

Criteria in Selecting Silverware That’ll Make Every Meal Time Special

During meal time, what mostly piques our interest is the main dish to be served. Of course we’re excited about what we’re going to eat, after all, who wouldn’t want to sink their teeth into some delectable food, especially when celebrating festive occasions and holidays.

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But the littlest details also count if one wants to make meal time pleasant not only for guests on special occasions, but also for the whole family on a daily basis. The right choice of silverware to match your table setting is often overlooked when it’s actually essential to ensuring full enjoyment of the served meal. A study, conducted by Oxford University, even concluded that size, shape, color, and weight of your utensils can influence how your food tastes, both positively and negatively. Knowing the appropriate silverware to use and perfecting your very own set at home will definitely add to the overall mood of each meal.

Silverware pertains to utensils used for eating and serving food. It is also known as cutlery, tableware, or flatware. Historically, it was made with real silver. That is, until the 20th century when stainless steel took over silver’s popularity. However, the original term “silverware” was able to be retained.

Having the right silverware for your home is essential to hosting posh parties and is necessary to have a nice dining experience with the family every day. Here is a guide to choosing the right silverware for your collection:

  1. 1.     Practicality and Use

Knowing the different types of silverware and their uses is important to keep your choices practical and sensible. The basic types of silverware consist of standard silverware, serving silverware, and specialty silverware.

 

When selecting a set, consider one that matches the meals that you would usually serve. With this in mind, asking yourself a few questions should guide you in finding a set that can efficiently answer your needs. Will it be used for a formal or casual type of dining? Will it be used daily during meal times with the family? Will it be used only during Christmas or special celebrations?

 

  1. 2.     Design and Taste

You can play it safe and go with a versatile design that can match both formal and casual table setting but there are many ways to go about design with silverware. If you already have a lovely set of plates, cups, and bowls for your place setting, make sure to pick a set of silverware that would nicely match your existing set.

 

Silverware is available in a wide selection of sizes and shapes that can fit your taste and style. You may opt for an elegant metal with a sterling silver or silver-plated set to entertain your guests for a formal occasion or a sleek and minimalistic design which can perfectly set the mood for a modern dining experience. For daily dining, you can simply opt for a low-maintenance stainless steel.

 

  1. 3.     Craftsmanship and Quality

With silverware, the quality of design and material shown in the craftsmanship matters as it is also how you can determine its durability. Well-made silverware is recognized by its good balance and considerable weight. Keep away from lightweight tableware which lacks balance, feels uncomfortable to hold, and has a higher possibility of bending:

 

  • Both sides of each utensil should be attractive
  • Engraved design should be defined and clear
  • Symmetrical fork tines are evident with the edges rounded
  • Broad knife blade with a good cutting edge
  • No gap in color should be revealed when knife blade joins the handle
  • Spoon should have enough depth to provide a good bite

 

  1. 4.     Availability and Quantity

How many people do you want to serve with your silverware set? Pick a set that can provide all your guests with matching spoons, forks, and knives. Most sets can serve four persons at the minimum and 12 people at the maximum. If you plan on serving a special menu that would require use of other types of utensils, consider acquiring a complete set that would serve all needed purposes.

 

Choose a set with high elemental content. Most stainless steel silverware are made of actual steel, but the percentage of other metal content help determine the durability of each piece. Silverware labeled 18/10 is the best choice; consisting of 18% chrome and 10% nickel. Less than the 18/10 standard and that equates to lower quality cutlery.

 

  1. 5.     Investment and Cost

Consider the type of material and metal used in production, the intricateness of the ornamentation, and the time and labor put into the crafting of each piece figure in the cost of your purchases. Definitely, how much you spend on your silverware is entirely up to you. Do you want to invest on a high quality set for a restaurant business, a very special gathering, or to simply put authenticity and quality at the top of your priority for home use?

 

Of course, it is your prerogative to set the budget for spending on your silverware. Prices for a set can be as affordable as $15 or can be as expensive as $1400. If you are on a budget, it would be smart to purchase the fundamentals first and allocate money for the additional pieces later on. But do keep in mind that high quality silverware is sure to be a long-term investment.

When it comes to making every dining experience special, whether or not there’s a reason to celebrate, it can be the littlest things that can make a big difference.

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Cleaning Silverware: Dishwasher versus Hand-wash

Our silverwares are used for the most common tasks like a simple dinner with the family, or even to a rarer occasion like accentuating the theme of a formal dinner party. But once all the fun, laughter, and eating is done; how do you plan on cleaning your dishes and silverwares? Do you plan on just stacking and cramming them all in a dishwasher for that quick and convenient way of cleaning? Maybe you’d like to take the more traditional route of washing by hand to have that quiet moment alone for your own thoughts. Before we go and decide which is better let’s first find out what each system of cleaning holds for us and the items they clean.

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Washing By Hand

Most of us know and understand how fragile the design of silverwares can be and, with that in mind, one understands that they shouldn’t be mixed with other things to avoid ruining them. This caution, however, can be skipped when washing by hand because you have control and have the ability to discern which can harm which. This discerning action allows you wash your dishes along with your silverware at the same time without the worry of ruining the smooth glossy finish of your silver spoons, forks, and knives. What does this mean for you? Well this means efficiency. By using the water you used to clean your silverware for your other dishes, you lessen the act of wasting water (Of course when doing this you shouldn’t leave the tap on). According to Umbra of grist.org, you can even use the method of David Galloway of lifehacker.com wherein he gathers the water he used for cleaning and uses it for other things like watering the plants or as scrub water.

 

Washing the Dishes through a Dishwasher

Okay, given the point above some may argue that washing by hand is simply too time consuming. Aside from lessening time consumption, dishwasher enthusiasts can also argue using the results of the study done by Bonn University. According to the website dishwashingexpert.com modern dishwashers are much more efficient than washing by hand. Its efficiency includes a lot more than just precious time. The research shows that modern washers use 13 to 27 liters of water which is roughly 1/6 of that use when washing hands. If your concern is your electric bill worry no more because some of these washers are Energy Star certified. This means that they are much more efficient in using electricity than conventional dishwashers.

 

Contested Conclusion 

With the discussion on the dishwasher done, it would seem that washing your silverware through the use of a dishwasher is the most ideal means of cleaning. However, according to sites like treehugger.com, grist.org, and lifehacker.com the result found by Bonn University (BU) can be contested. First, one cannot simply apply the result found by BU to all dishwashers. There is a specific type of dishwasher that the results apply to, and this means that people can’t just boast and question hand-wash enthusiasts with a condescending tone. Second, because of the fragile nature of silverware, you can’t just put them together with other utensils and so you have to wash these things separately if you’re planning to maintain the pristine look of your silverware. Separating the act of washing consumes more water and soap which doesn’t translate well economically. Finally, the study conducted, according to Umbra of grist.org, didn’t turn the faucet off when cleaning the dishes and so precious water was wasted. They also didn’t acknowledge the alternative uses of the water used for cleaning.

With these, if you would like to call them revelations, show is that the most logical reason why people would opt to use dishwashers as cleaners over hand washing is that dishwashers are simply less time consuming when you are just washing your silverware. It also doesn’t add physical strain by reducing your task to simply loading, unloading, and drying. If you’d prefer some alone time with your thoughts, prefer a sponge on your hand, and you don’t have figuratively deep pockets; then hand washing wouldn’t be a problem to you and even the environment.

 

Here are some great Oneida Brahms Spoons

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Kitchen Jewelry

NEW YORK, 1907- Belgian-born chemist Leo Baekeland stumbled serendipitously into an invention that hit gold mine. Originally, he set out to find a replacement for shellac. But in the process of controlling the amount of heat and pressure applied to phenol and formaldehyde, he was able to create the world’s first durable and aesthetically-pleasing plastic he named “Bakelite”.

Dubbed by TIME magazine as the “material of a thousand uses”, Bakelite – due to its extraordinary high resistance to heat and chemical action – was first used as parts of radios and other electrical devices. At one point, the U.S. Treasury even considered minting coins out of Bakelite due to a shortage of the traditional material. After World War II, Bakelite production became more efficient and its application extended to other materials such as clocks, radios, poker chips, billiard balls, and Mah Jong sets. Bakelite was also molded into shiny, candy-colored pieces of jewelry and became subjects of the art collections of design icons like Coco Chanel and Andy Warhol.

The production of canisters and tableware made of Bakelite dawned upon 1950’s America where images of an efficient, sleek kitchen bombarded advertisements. Bakelite made it possible for utensils to become “kitchen jewelry” and the object of appreciation and fascination of the common folk. It has a certain type of beauty, devoid of esotericism, which speaks to the modern man. And indeed, people today associate Bakelite flatware and its introduction into thousands of homes as the presage of the era of the plastic.

Bakelite fell out of production throughout the years because of the introduction of more durable plastics. Although sources say that some parts of the world still manufacture Bakelite products, most items exist as vintage pieces that are collectibles. Aside from being a remnant of glory years, the appeal of Bakelite flatware lies in the fact that the colors mellow as they age making it kitschy and high-end at the same time.

 

Looking for Bakelite Flatware: What to Expect

When searching for vintage Bakelite Flatware, it is important to keep in mind these tips to get the most bang for your buck:

  1. The handles of Bakelite Flatware are typically yellow, red, or orange in color. You will also find, though rarely, some which have polka-dotted, striped, or “V-shaped” designs.
  2. Most sell for $4 or more dollars per piece although those that come in sets, are hard to find, and sell higher.
  3. To test if your Bakelite Flatware find is a genuine, you could use the “sound test” or the “rubbing test”. When you strike one handle with another, the sound you are looking for should be a “clang” and unlike the dead sound antique wood makes. The “rubbing test”, on the other hand, requires you to rub the handles with your thumb until you feel you have created enough heat or friction. If you bring your thumb under your nose, you should be able to smell formaldehyde (even if faintly).
  4. Avoid flatware with mold lines or cracked seams.

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