Dirilyte: A Full Course Dinner for Tableware Fans and Collectors

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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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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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Electroplated Flatware: Utensils With Lustrous Coating

Imagine being invited to a lavish feast where so many different and delectable dishes are served, almost filling up the space of the dining table. The aroma of each meal is drawing your attention and growing your appetite. The exquisite flavors of hot and savory main dishes and cold and sweet desserts linger in your taste buds. Your sense of touch is recognizing both the. The creative plating of every meal begins to appear like edible works of art to your eyes. Picture out these scenes in your head, highlighted by a flamboyant table setting—sparkling in brilliance with the tableware, hollowware, and electroplated flatware you just wish you could add to your kitchen collections. It is impossible not to compliment those who prepared that kind of feast. You may feel a bit of jealousy too over the gold and silver flatware beautifully electroplated as you hold each in your hand while your thumb softly grazes over every intricate detail.

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Electroplated flatware is the manufacture product from the procedure called electroplating. Electroplating is the process of glazing a metal object with a thin layer of another metal. Its primary purposes are for appearance, protection, and mechanical or engineering attributes. Electroplating prevents rust, wear-off, and corrosion of flatware. Additionally, it allows you to turn any ordinary-looking flatware in to a luxurious table adornment.   The metals normally used for coating flatware are rhodium, platinum, palladium, ruthenium, nickel, gold, and silver.

Some of the most sought-after brand names in the market today are Hampton Silversmiths, Retroneu, Royal Albert, Godinger, Wallace, Oneida, Towle, International Silver, Rosenthal Cutlery, Reed & Barton, Versace, and Rogers. Expect that these brands’ products will be a lot pricier compared to ordinary flatware. Other electroplated flatware even uses 10K, 18K, and 24K of gold for coating.  High-quality and elegantly designed electroplated flatware is definitely something worth.

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Hampton Silversmiths Wedding Cake Knife Gold Electroplate Stainless Steel Blade

 

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Towle Gold Electroplate TWS250 Salad Fork Stainless Steel Silverware Ribbed EUC

Once you purchase a set of these flatware for yourself, be very mindful of how to take care of it. These are not your usual utensils that can be cleaned with most chemical substances. Clean your flatware immediately after using them. Just to be sure, do not use dishwashing liquid or paste in washing them. Clean them gently in between your index finger and thumb with mild soap diluted in water. Do not leave them dripping wet for air drying as they may form water spots. Wipe them with a soft kitchen towel first before the air dry. It is not recommended too to use any abrasive cleaning pad due to because rough textures can damage the flatware. In case of any food stains, vinegar, lemon juice, or a baking soda solution can be used. It’s better to be safe than sorry later on should the coating wear off. To maintain its sparkling shiny appearance, wiping them clean with olive oil is suggested.

Imagine again yourself in another banquet-like gathering. This time, you are the host and it is now your turn to make the best feast that may end up being the talk of the town. Serve mouth-watering dishes highlighted by the electroplated flatware in your table setting. “This is a feast fit for a king!” your guest may exclaim.