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seaduck

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iconnumber posted 12-27-2008 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for seaduck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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OK, I'll confess...I'm stealing Robert's message in the Holiday thread, because it's a good one and might get lost under the 'Holiday' label.

He said: "I have one "fun" question: What pieces did you use over the holidays for purposes other than what the were intended? I used my sugar shells for dips, flat-handled butter spreaders for mustards and mayo and my sherbets for tealight holders. "

My contribution: I use children's mugs for nuts. And I sometimes place small butter dishes above each place setting for a special-looking chocolate, a sort of post-dessert amuse-bouche.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 12-27-2008 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We used childen and some adult cups for eggnog punch. Some of the drinkers had fun looking at the engraving on the various cups.
We also used a plate warmer to hold a fruitcake. The extra height for the cake was attractive.

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wev
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iconnumber posted 12-27-2008 07:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I used an old two-tined sucket fork for shooting rubber bands at the tree ornaments -- worked a treat

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Marc

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iconnumber posted 12-27-2008 10:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi all,

I used a flat asparagus server on the turkey burger platter I brought to Christmas dinner. Also works well for french toast.

Marc

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ellabee

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iconnumber posted 12-27-2008 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ellabee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I used a fish slice and fork for serving turkey from the platter, a cream ladle for the gravy (there were only three of us), and ice tongs for a little platter of olives and crudites. The rest of the pieces (vegetable/casserole serving spoons, pastry server) played their assigned roles.

Not very creative, but the exciting part was that this was the first occasion on which we've really used most of the silver since I got interested in it last year. I set the table the night before because it was such a pleasure to see. I washed the serving pieces promptly after our guest left, but have yet to put them away because I love looking at them.

Oh, and silver was part of the decorations: on a little side table in front of a mirror, a salver held three pomegranates, which looked very elegant reflected multiply.

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chase33

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iconnumber posted 12-28-2008 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like everyone had fun with their silver!

I have just one question: what is a sucket fork?

Ellebee, did you take a picture of your table setting? If so, I would love to see it. I had but my 2yo cousin got ahold of the camera and erased everything. Live and learn LOL

Robert

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wev
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iconnumber posted 12-28-2008 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is one of typical form by Benjamin Le Roux

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doc

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iconnumber posted 12-28-2008 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
  1. I used my James Tufts bride's basket to hold spare Christmas balls;

  2. I used my pair of sweetmeat trays for holding chocolates;

  3. I used my collection of hand hammered silver plated pitchers to hold holly on the mantle;

  4. I too used a fish slice to serve dessert (which gave me the idea for the next piece I need to search for, a good pastry server).

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-29-2008 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A few years ago, a friend of ours who collected plates and table linens caught the silver bug. She sent us photos of her holiday table and I thought I would share a few with you.

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 12-29-2008 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pretty table! An old friend collects silver and china place settings in floral patterns, so each place is different, but they blend beautifully.

We didn't really do much for Christmas, steak, salad and potatoes at the boyfriend's on the 24th; shrimp, crudites, sweet potatoes and leftover steak at Mom's on the 25th. Have been known to use those cute little cigarette urns as individual vases, and the ubiquitous silver-rimmed glass coasters that keep finding their way into my home for pennies have been used as nut dishes and for candles, usually small pillars, but one year filled rocks glasses with cranberries to hold tapers (Mom suggested that cored-apple candleholders would also look nice). An old silverplate crumber has been used for years to serve baked fish and enchiladas, and since I don't have a tureen, a small punch bowl was used for my cheesy chicken corn chowder one year, causing my visiting brother to ask why not the nice piece in the living room - but, ummm, really have to draw the line at using a covered chamber-pot to serve food (even if it is the most gorgeous Staffordshire polychrome transferware). eek

~Cheryl

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carlaz

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iconnumber posted 12-29-2008 02:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carlaz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ice Tongs for salad

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chase33

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iconnumber posted 12-29-2008 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cheryl,

We loved the story about your brother and the cheesy chicken corn chowder in a chamber pot(try saying that fast 3 times). It was one of the best laughs we have had.

Robert

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 12-30-2008 05:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Heh, provided some fodder for teasing - glad it made y'all laugh! In defense of my bro, it is a particularly lovely pot, not the common shape, have never seen another like it.

~Cheryl

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 12-30-2008 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Here is a picture of the children's cups we used for the eggnog. This is the first year we used these cups and everyone seemed to enjoy using them.

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ellabee

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iconnumber posted 12-30-2008 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ellabee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
@ ahwt:

Wassail!

That's a dazzling nog setup.

Didn't check the thread before finally putting away the serving pieces, but now I'm inspired to re-set the table for New Year's supper tomorrow night and take a photo.

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ellabee

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iconnumber posted 12-31-2008 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ellabee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

This is without some of the greenery, and of course without any of the food that made it especially festive. It gives a pretty good view of the pomegranates, which were elsewhere during the actual event. And here are the implements of destruction:

The pastry server is my acquisition, a coin 'Kings' retailed by Conrad Bard & Son of Philadelphia (when Bard was probably no longer making much); the rest are from my great-grandmother and her eccentric sister Bertha. The vegetable spoon on the right, which is just about my most treasured piece, was a gift from Philadelphia friends on the occasion of the sisters' departure (my widowed great-great-grandmother was moving back here to her hometown). It was a piece the givers already owned and used -- the monogram is theirs; on the back is 'For Bertha' in script engraving.

The candlesticks and salver were my grandmother's. The dishes are also from multiple generations. I am so glad I joined the forum; I've learned an immense amount and gotten much pleasure from all your postings. Happy new year!

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bascall

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iconnumber posted 12-31-2008 05:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We used our Gorham Newport Scroll flatware set and a few serving pieces for the intended purpose, so about the most creative thing was the Jos Heinrich bowl.

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chase33

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iconnumber posted 12-31-2008 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ellabee,

What is that wicked looking serving piece second from the right? Looks like it could inflect some serious damage if ever needed!

Bascall,

What are the handles made of on the bowl?

Robert

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ellabee

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iconnumber posted 12-31-2008 09:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ellabee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a fish slice, and it is indeed heavy enough to be a weapon. The fork with it is also about twice as heavy as it needs to be.

They're both from the period when silver was plentiful and (relatively) cheap.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 01-04-2009 09:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a pleasure to visit everybody's holiday table.

I used my collection of (so far, three) silver dinner bells to ring in the new year, supplementing my collection of (eight or nine) old tin noisemakers. We had a couple dozen guests, so there weren't enough to go around. I'd better get started collecting more for next year's party!

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bascall

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iconnumber posted 01-04-2009 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by chase33:
Bascall,

What are the handles made of on the bowl?

Robert


Just going by the color, ebony maybe, but that's just a guess.

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