How to Care for Your Silverware

Whether you’re a collector or a user, care for your silver flatware is essential. No matter how beautiful they were when they started out, time will come when your precious silvers will dull and tarnish. This will especially be a problem if you don’t give them proper care or if you don’t use them as much as you should. Yes, you read that right. The more you use your silverware, the easier they will be to maintain, and the less often you will need to polish them. I sense a lot of perplexed faces on the other end of the screen but fret not, my darlings. There is no rocket science to taking care of your silverware, and, contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t take that much time either.

1. After each use, wash your silverware separate from cutlery and serving ware.

Use warm water and mild detergent or dish soap, to remove residues. The acids from food leftover on your flatware can corrode and tarnish them. Your safest bet will be hand washing but if you must use the dishwasher, place them at the top rack, and set it to the gentlest cycle like Crystal or China. This is to ensure that you don’t scratch or damage your silverware.

2. As soon as you’re done washing, dry them.

If there’s anything you should remember in elementary science, it’s that water corrodes anything and everything with enough time.

3. Polish your silverware.

As stated above, you don’t have to do this as often if you frequently use your silverware. With regular use, you only need to polish them once every few years. But if you’re an infrequent user, or collector, or are about to sell your silverware, here are a few tips on polishing them to brilliance and perfection:

  • After washing and drying, purchase quality silver polishing cream. Think gentle polishes from companies like Hagerty & Sons. Yes, it may be more expensive and may take more effort to rub the cream into the silver, but the constant rubbing for longer periods of time on silver actually brings out its brilliance.
  • There is a way to cut some time and effort from polishing your silver to perfection: Silver Cleaning Cloth. It’s specifically made to make your life easier and, furthermore, the material and production is tailor-made for silver. This way, you know you won’t damage your precious flatware.
  • No instant shines, please. Believe me when I say it’s worth it in the long run. The instant polishing creams are high in octane, which do produce faster results with minimal effort, however are highly acidic and abrasive. This means that each time you polish with these products, you strip off metal which decreases the value of your flatware. Even worse, if you don’t remove these instant shines properly, they leave unsightly translucent white film on your silver. Believe me, these are tough to remove.

4. Store your silverware in a dry place, away from the stove and fumes.

There are also tarnish preventive bags (should you choose to invest in them) which are advisable for those who live near the sea (as salt air has a corrosive effect on silver).

And that’s all there is to it! Wash-Dry-Polish-Store.

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Washing Your Stainless Steel Flatware

Smart Dishwasher Tips For Keeping Your Stainless Steel Flatware Looking Chic and Shiny

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For something we depend on so regularly, there is surprisingly little information available about effectively using a dishwasher! A little knowledge can make all the difference between having gorgeous stainless steel flatware and spending hours scrubbing intricate flatware patterns over the sink.

How many times have you broken a nail trying to scratch off that little “bit-o-mystery” sticking to that supposedly clean bowl or stainless steel flatware? How often have you needed to drag out your scrub brush to get debris out of intricate flatware patterns? How often have you rushed to set the table for guests’ timely arrival, only to find dark spots on your stainless steel flatware or a bit of this morning’s eggs decorating your intricate flatware patterns?

Your dishwasher may be responsible, but it’s likely the way you are loading it!

Dishwashers are a great convenience. Intricate flatware patterns come out sparkling clean without effort and stainless steel flatware shines brighter than silver–but only if they are used correctly.

 

Monogrammed Flatware: Yay or Nay?

A monogram is a character that symbolizes someone or something. It’s usually comprised of one to three letters. Once an object has been monogrammed, it is considered to be sealed. It signifies that the item is owned by someone.

According to Raquel Laneri’s Is Monogramming Classy or Tacky? (Reference)Monograms have been around for a long time. In fact, the people from Ancient Greece used to inscribe the first few letters of their city’s or ruler’s name on the coins. “During the Middle Ages, merchants and artisans, as well as tradesman painters and publishers, used monograms –their own or their guild’s–to sign or brand their work,” the author wrote.

These monograms gained immense popularity during the Victorian era. Most of the bourgeoisie in this timeline liked to carve their initials on almost every type of item. This includes linens, shirts, lockets, and even carriages.

Continental and American

In the world of monogrammed flatware, there are two styles- the Continental and the American. With the Continental style, the symbol is placed at the back of the flatware’s handle. With the American style, the character is placed on the front side, but if it obstructs the ornament pattern, it will be placed at the back.

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Some people love fancy monogrammed flatware but some simply don’t. Why do you think so? Here are the banes and boons of monogramming:

Hands-up, yes!

  • Personalized, all mine!

There are people who would go hunting for monogrammed flatware and wouldn’t mind staying up all night in the internet looking for utensils with their exact initials or for someone who would monogram their flatware with new ones. They simply love the personal touch monogramming brings to their ordinary silverware even if it cost much on the flipside. Most even buy sets. They are also used as wedding giveaways.

  • Vintage and Artsy!

Even though the initials in the tableware are different from theirs, some choose to buy monogrammed flatware because they are antique and artistic. For them, it gives a classic look to their home or collection. Some people even frame them or put them on display. A post from Silver Magpies noted the fascinating quality of old monograms. “The actual workmanship on an old monogram truly is a work of art. Hand lettering is worthy of admiration.  ”

Thumbs down, no!

  • Those aren’t even my initials!

For others, monogrammed flatware is a no-no. They just use traditional and normal utensils instead of flatware owned by someone they do not know. An eBay guide  recommends “that (one) should not buy a starting collection with a monogram that is not the first initial of your last name, no matter how good a deal you think might be on offer, as one is unlikely to ever be satisfied with the collection.”

  • Monogrammed may mean less value

Some cross-out tableware with inscriptions in their list because it lessens the value of silver. A guide on sterling silver says that monogramming will reduce the value of your sterling by 25-35%. Some people do not want their things to lessen in value that’s why they keep their utensils and other items free from these inscriptions.

The explanations above are just few of the reasons why someone could want to seek or stay away from monograms.

How about you? What are your thoughts on the matter? Are monogrammed pieces cool or not? Join the discussion in the comments!

 

Imagination’s The Limit: How to Create Beautiful Pieces of Jewelry from Your Eating Utensils

If we’re certain about something, it’s that you will never see your spoons, forks, and knives as mere eating tools after reading this article. What made us say that? Well, read on!

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Would you believe that those beautifully and artistically crafted jewelry are made from forks? Yes, you read that right. Forks! As in the one you use every day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in between snacks. Amazing, right?

You might be one of those families who, for years, have accumulated a fair number of kitchenware, more specifically, eating utensils that have been clogging their kitchen drawers. They’re still in good condition, with some even bearing family custom and history. You don’t frequently use them, but you feel it’s such a waste to throw them away. What you can do is… drum roll please – turn them into nifty pieces of silver jewelry!

Although this craftsmanship may be newly introduced to some, this trend has been going on for quite a while now. More and more artistic souls are jumping in on the bandwagon – creating their own or purchasing the most unique pieces now available from online shops.

Uniqueness is the name of the game. Whether you’re creating them to sell or to wear, surely you’d want to come up with something uniquely yours that will separate you from the rest. Good news for you, all you have to do is to unleash your artistic side and try your hand on this one. First thing you must do before collecting the necessary tools is to check out these design inspirations to help you decide on what you want to do. Done? Let’s begin then.

Pick Your Materials

In creating your very own silverware jewelry, the first thing you should have is the silverware you want to work on. You can use your old utensils, or if you want a more grand-looking jewelry, you might want to check out some silverplate flatware utensils for that.

 

Get the Right Tools

This project includes bending, twisting, and reshaping silverwares, so don’t expect the task to be that easy. It requires skill, and a huge tank full of patience. The tools you will need are:

  • Vice – to help bend the material to your desired shape.
  • Pliers – for cutting.
  • Jewelry Pliers – for bending. Normal pliers will leave marks on your silverware.
  • Mallet – for flattening certain areas of the silverware.
  • Anvil – for use on really flat surface.
  • Drill – if the design you chose needs drilling.
  • Fine Sanding Disc – for polishing the edges.
  • Polishing Wheel – for that shiny finish.

 

 

Work It!

The next step is to cut, bend, twist, and reshape your silverware into your desired design. This is where you let your imagination and crafty fingers do the work and hopefully, create wonders for you.

  1. Now that you have your material, the blueprint, and the tools to help you achieve your goal, the first thing you must do is start bending the silverware according to your design.

Some will choose to cut first but that would make your material smaller, therefore making it more difficult for you to hold it when bending. We advise you to bend then cut to make the process easier. But if you intend to drill holes on your silverware, better cut the piece first before bending. Drilling is easier on a flatter surface.

  1. When cutting, make sure that you have the right length. You can use your own wrist to measure when you’re planning to make a bracelet – this process goes the same with other jewelry.
  2. Twist, turn, reshape, and flatten if needed, according to your desired design.
  3. Use the sanding disc to polish the edges.
  4. Use the polishing wheel for that unmistakable high class jewelry glimmer.
  5. Wear the accessory and match it with your favorite dress.

 

Don’t feel bad if your first project didn’t quite turn out the way you imagined and intended it to be. Remember, this is just your first try. You’re still learning. Don’t beat yourself too much about it. Didn’t they say that practice makes perfect? So practice! Surely, you have a dozen more extra utensils waiting for you to work your magic on. But if you got it the first try, just imagine what you can create next! Happy experimenting!

 

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The History of the Saratoga Chips Server

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These days, fries, chips, and other delectable snacks are all eaten with the hands. However, did you know that these foods were actually served with fancy silverware in the old days? Yes, you read that right. Back in 1873, rich people from the Victorian era did not want their potato chips to be touched by human hands because they feared of their food being contaminated with germs.

So in order to serve potato chips, they used a piece of sterling silver flatware called the Saratoga Chip Server. Although this utensil is not commonly used in this modern time and age, it still holds a lot of value, especially among flatware collectors. Its well-made construction, complex design, and rich history make this chip server a must-have item in one’s household.

Let’s travel back in time and discover the rich history of Saratoga chip servers.

A Short History of the Potato Chip

In order to discover the origins of the Saratoga chip server, it is necessary to know the humble beginnings of the potato chip.

The very first potato chip recipe was created accidentally during the late 19th century. It happened inside a small restaurant called “Moon’s Lake House” which was located in Saratoga Springs, New York. George Crum, one of the cooks in that joint was trying to appease a customer who was unhappy with his French fries.

The customer kept on sending his fried potatoes back to the kitchen because he thought they were too thick and soggy. Out of frustration, Crum sliced the potatoes into wafer-thin strips then fried them up to a crisp and sprinkled them with a lot of salt.

The result was an extremely crunchy dish that is impossible to eat. It was deemed impossible because back in the days, gentlemen and ladies from the upper class would never dare to pick their food up using their bare hands. Since the potato chip has a crisp and thin texture, it would instantly shatter when pierced with a fork.

But to Crum’s and the restaurant owner’s surprise, the customer loved the new dish. Since then, it has been part of the restaurant’s menu. It was then known as “Saratoga Chips”.

Creation of the Chip Server

As mentioned earlier, the upper class didn’t want to touch their food with their own hands. So in order to serve them brittle Saratoga chips, companies like Tiffany, Gorham, Reed & Barton, and others developed a specific type of silverware called the Saratoga Chip Server.

Aside from keeping germs away from potato chips, this handy utensil was also used to drain excess oil from food using holes found on its surface.

Before, potato chips were considered as appetizers in fancy restaurants and not as snacks. That is why people prefer to serve them with this utensil.

Decline in Production

The Saratoga chip server was not the only specialty silverware that was invented during the Gilded Age. The lavish tables of the nouveau riche were filled with a variety of silverware such as fried chicken tongs, cucumber servers, sardine spades, berry spoons, and a whole lot more. There was such an excess in silverware production that in 1925, Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover created a decree which stated that an American Silver Service can only have up to 55 types of silver pieces.  Once the decree was enacted, most companies halted the production of different types of silverware, including the Saratoga chip server.

The Wrap Up

The Saratoga chip server may not be commonly used today, but it is still a great collectible piece. And if you don’t want your homemade chips to be greasy, you can also buy this utensil to drain excess oil from your beloved snack. Do you have this classic piece of flatware at home? If so, feel free to visit the comments section and share your happy dining experiences when using the Saratoga Chips Server!

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Caveat Emptor: The Difference Among Silver, German Silver, and Paktong

 

Silver

As the saying goes, “Things are not always what they seem.”

Beautifully conserved in an aphorism, this truth rings true in all aspects of life. From people to things, authenticity has become a value that’s treated with utmost importance. That’s why when it comes to our purchases, especially with antiques and collectibles, we always want to be sure that an item we’re eyeing as an addition to our collection is genuine.

Genuine Antique Silver can be characterized using standards of fineness that vary across different countries. When collecting vintage silver cutlery, collectors must be wary of the substitutes that can really look like real silver. In this article, you’ll get to know the many names with which these alternatives are called and just exactly how they differ from one another.

What is German Silver?

When looking at silverwares, you may find yourself stumbling across a lot of items made of Nickel Silver -the popular name for German Silver (not the same with silver of the .800 standard of Fineness for authentic silver). In fact, Nickel Silver and German Silver are just two of the various names used to pertain to a white metal alloy.

Though this type of metal includes silver in its many names, its composition actually doesn’t. It is made of 60% Copper, 20% Nickel, and 20% Zinc. Use of the name was only brought about by its silvery appearance.

Genuine silver is expensive and its value does not depreciate even if we look into every period in history. In terms of cutlery, German Silver is commonly used as the base for flatware pieces that are then silver-plated to still get that classy silver feel at a low expense. Such cutlery are marked ‘EPNS’ or Electro Plated Nickel Silver.

What is Paktong?

“Paktong,” which literally means white copper in Chinese, is a rare alloy that brought about the discovery of Nickel Silver and German Silver. But if you really want to define this metal, you need to travel back in history.

During the Qing Dynasty, Paktong wares became known to the world when China exported these products to western countries.

In the 18th century, German imitations of Paktong began to appear. Given its silvery metal color, they tried to replicate the material in order to imitate sterling silver. It was in Suhl, a city in Thuringia in Germany, that they were able to create an identical alloy. In 1823, there was even a competition dedicated to perfecting the production of Paktong in such a way that its visual similarity to genuine silver is impossible to tell apart. It was in 1830 that the German process of manufacturing Paktong was introduced to England while exports of the Chinese alloy from Asia gradually stopped.

Today, the alloy is generally known as German Silver, with its original name ‘Paktong’ lost as the years passed.

Implications of Knowing the Difference

As modern consumers, we are at a disadvantage for not having been present during such turning points in history. It takes a lot of effort, research, and reading to really get to know the what, why, and how of things. But to a determined collector or silver enthusiast, every effort is worth it just to be able to discover and distinguish the genuine from the fake.

In order to identify the authenticity of the silverware, the best way is to be particular in asking questions and understanding the marks. If you happen to come across a real pricey item and you feel doubtful and unable to find the answer, remember that it’s best to consult an expert than to waste time and money.

As a helpful conclusion, here is a list of names used interchangeably as silver substitutes:

  • Alaska Silver
  • Albata
  • Alpacca Silver
  • Argentan
  • Bai-tong
  • Brazil Silver
  • Electrum
  • German Silver
  • India Metal
  • Nickel Brass
  • Nickel Silver
  • New Silver
  • Paktong

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The Good Old Sheffield Plate: A Brief History

 Buttons, serving trays, wine coasters, candelabras, tea sets, and cutlery – all these are just some of the products produced with Old Sheffield Plating. This is done by fusing together silver and copper to form a strong combination of metal. How did this innovation change the industrial revolution? Let’s find out in this post.

An Astounding Discovery

In 1740, Thomas Boulsover invented the Old Sheffield Plate. However, rights to the innovation he discovered were not patented in his name. He stumbled upon the discovery of this process by accident, when he was repairing a knife for a customer in his workplace, Sheffield’s Cutler’s Company. He noticed when he heated silver and copper together, they form a combination that’s strong enough to be made into a few things you use every day. What’s the best thing about this discovery? It was a more inexpensive way to make silver-made pieces like candlesticks, sugar tongs, tea urns, and more. He made a few experiments before he decided to put up a full business of this innovation in silver plating. Years later, many companies have ventured into Old Sheffield Plate; manufacturing their own elegant quality pieces that changed the world of silverware for more than a hundred years.

The Silverware Revolution

More than two hundred years ago, silver was the main game in home wares. The invention of Sheffield Plate was like finding the Holy Grail in silver plating at that time. Manufacturing utensils, serving wares, urns, and tankards was at a fraction of the cost when these are made with sterling or pure silver. This process was favoured by a lot of companies in the silverware manufacturing industry. Sheffield Plate has become a valuable product of the Industrial Revolution.

Basically, the design concept of Old Sheffield Plate is of Victorian and Georgian Neoclassical types. Some plating company first found it to be of less quality in terms of appearance, as the pieces made using the Old Sheffield Plate method tend to “bleed” (with polishing, the reddish color of copper appearing on the outer layer as the silver wears out). But due to the high demands of silverware and cutlery sets during the time, one can only assume the makers of silverware learned to make the most out of this process, and make up for the shortcoming with exquisite designs and exceptional craftsmanship.

 

The Legacy of Old Sheffield Plate

Eventually, the trend died down after being patronized by consumers for more than a century. Still, there are some collectors who own fine pieces of Old Sheffield Plate silverware. It is astonishing, though, that today, Old Sheffield Plate silverwares with noticeable bleeding are worth a fortune – as they are considered precious antique metals, and perfect additions to a fine collection of historical artefacts from the old world.

Even though electroplating is the new method of manufacturing silverware, many people are still amazed by the excellent craftsmanship put into making these fine wares that served the households of noblemen from the 18 and 19th century. There are people around the globe collecting rare and authentic Old Sheffield Plate pieces with hallmarks from silver makers. It truly made its mark in the modernization of the metal industry; inspiring the many innovations being done today to produce more with cost-effective methods of manufacturing household items and utensils.

 

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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.

Size Matters: Continental VS American Flatware Sizes

Most of us love having our meals out, but have you ever noticed how different restaurants have different types of flatware? Some, you can clearly see came in a set together with the flatware. Meanwhile, others seem to be individual pieces that complement the overall design and theme of the place. Some are bigger and heavier than others. Does this mean that the bigger and heavier ones are more expensive? Not necessarily. Sometimes it just means that they’re different types of flatware.

So there are 3 types of flatware, all with different sizes, balances, and uses: Continental Flatware, Place-size flatware, and Luncheon-size Flatware.

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Luncheon

This type of flatware is the shortest in length, and is the hardest one to find today. Its length was made to balance the dimensions of the luncheon plate; however, it’s not commonly used today. You’d most likely find it in older flatware sets, but rarely in restaurants or homes.

 

Continental

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Also known as European Size, this is the type of flatware that is the longest in terms of length.  The dinner knife, dinner fork, and soup spoon of this type is longer by approximately half an inch, compared to the place flatware; and approximately an inch compared to the luncheon flatware. Apart from their length, these flatware pieces are also slightly thicker and heavier compared to both their luncheon and place counterparts.  In continental or European style, you would typically find the monograms (or stamps) at the back of the handles, because their forks are held with the tines downward.

 

Place

Also known as American Size, this type of flatware is what you would traditionally see in American households. However, even though the continental size of flatware is becoming increasingly popular in the states, the place size is still the cutlery of choice. They’re lighter and easier to manipulate compared to their continental counterpart.  In the American style of flatware, the monograms are placed at the front of  the handle because typical American cuisine is done with the fork tines held upward to eat.

 

Continental VS Place sizes

Here are some of the common pieces with their size differences between Continental and Place.

Flatware Piece

Continental Size

Place Size

Knife 10 1/2″ 9″
Fork 8 1/2″ 7 1/2″
Salad Fork 6 1/2″ 6 1/2″
Soup Spoon 7 5/8″ 7″
Teaspoon 6 1/4″ 6 1/4″

As to which style of flatware is better is all a matter of preference and what you grew up with. Some people like the heavy feel of the continental style, because (to them) it screams quality. Others, however, prefer the lighter and more relaxed size and feel of the American or place style due to their convenience.

What style flatware do you have at home? Do they match your dinnerware at home? Planning on purchasing new ones anytime soon? What type? Sound off in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.

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Gorham Chantilly:The timeless, unique, & brief history of a flatware

The aroma of the food prepared for the whole family touches your nose –the scent slowly entices your already rumbling tummy. You see the table being set for the lavish feast that everyone will be enjoying in just a  few more minutes. The plates and glasses are equally as beautiful as the flatwares in your sight. Stepping closer, the lustrous property of the flatware becomes more appealing. Touching it matches the smoothness of your palm and fingers. The design is very intricate as your thumb runs down and checks it. Genuinely, that is a work of art.

If you are not familiar with the names and distinctions of every flatware but you remembered being amazed with a certain collection, chances are that set has the Gorham Chantilly pattern. This is the most popular flatware ever manufactured of all time. It is known worldwide with the elegant design, hence, this is a favorite to be collected. Silver crafted in the most elaborate pattern will definitely suit even the meticulous scrutiny.

 

From Humble Beginnings

This craft has a rich history. Everything began in 1831, inside the humble workshop of Jabez Gorham, a skillful craftsman from Providence, Rhode Island. Together with Henry Webster, they started creating thimbles, teaspoons, combs, jewelries, and some other small products which are all made of silver. However, their main product is the silver spoon. In 1847, great innovations happened as soon as John Gorham, son of Jabez Gorham, became the head of the company right after his father retired. John took opportunity of what the Industrial Revolution offered. He incorporated the mechanized mass production method. For further improvements, he enhanced the available designs, and refurnished the premises to create more space and widen their offered product line.

 

Unstoppable Progress

The progress he desired for the company did not stop there. In 1852, he visited several silver workshops and manufacturing companies in Europe. There, he searched for craftsmen, toolmakers and other experts in the field of silverware. He even hired a leading designer and workshop manager from England by the name of George Wilkonson. In 1895, the brainchild of the designer William Christmas Codman came to life. Codman’s creativity gave birth to the Chantilly pattern. From then on, it has been the best-selling flatware pattern of the company.

 

The Chantilly Pattern 

The lovely border, unadorned center, and fleur-de-lis tip of the Gorham Chantilly were derived from the inspiration brought by the Roccoco style from the 18th century French Regency Era. It was named after the well-known Chantilly palace in France. Along with this inspiration, the Gorham Chantilly   has the symmetrical fan plume design and polished finish. Because of its popularity, even prominent personalities choose this as their flatware. One of whom is the President of the United States. Whenever he boards the Air Force One, this is the choice flatware in the US Presidential Jet. This is also a well-loved flatware by newlyweds.

Since it’s a well-known brand, Gorham Chantilly’s replacement pieces are easy to find. In case one of your utensils bearing this pattern was accidentally marked with a scratch, you don’t have to worry that your collection will become incomplete.

If you want to pair your sumptous dishes with royalty-like flatwares, Gorham Chantilly will be a match made in heaven for your taste. What a lovely collection will this be for your table setting! You will also do an acquisition of a long-term asset in your kitchen. Timeless, elegance, and beauty—all rolled in one in every flatware with the Gorham Chantilly pattern.

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