Silver Spoons

Silver Spoons

Above right: Coin silver spoons often bear monograms on the reverse of the handles. Makers’ markings typically include the first and last initials of the silversmith and occasionally, the city and state of origin. Above left: An intriguing selection includes pieces from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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  1. When going to visit any local antique shops, I am immediately drawn to the sterling silver items on display ! My love affair with sterling silver started about 20 years ago and since then I have collected a fair amount including flatware, tea sets, tea caddies, candlesticks, pitchers, napkin rings, and even ornate lids for cut crystal dresser jars!

    The rich patina of antique silver items can not be duplicated nor the item’s history throughout its lifetime. Sometimes I think about who the previous owners were when I pour a cup of tea from my favourite morning breakfast sterling teapot which was made in 1911 in England. Did this teapot pour comforting tea to those who were sickly, those celebrating a new family members’ birth, or during the misfortunes of war or a broken heart ?

    The next time you stir your cup of tea or coffee, think about the spoon you are using and wonder about its rich and intriguing history !

    God bless !

    Brandon Hartford
    Te Deum Cottage


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