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iconnumber posted 04-16-2022 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lycoris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What do y'all think about using 124-, 83-, and 54-year-old tableware as your primary tableware?

I have collected a ton of Ruby glass and other Depression glass, as well as Lenox Solitaire china, plus my great-great-aunt's antique sterling.

We currently use Target stainless and K-Mart clear glass plates. They're serviceable, but it seems a waste to use that when I have all this other beautiful stuff that was made to be used.

The Ruby glass and Lenox are fine in the dishwasher, which is a consideration because I know I just won't do hand-washing, and I've asked about the silverware and dishwashers elsewhere.

The Lenox can't go in the microwave because of the platinum, obviously, but the Ruby glass definitely can, so they're practical in that regard, too. There's always the Pyrex or paper plates for heating things up if necessary.

We're careful with our things, and since all our children have four paws and fur, I'm not particularly concerned about breakage or chipping, but I do have extras of the fragile stuff (and they still make Solitaire, so that's replaceable if needed).

What would you do if you were me? Use it and enjoy it daily while risking wear/damage, or keep it in storage and only use it for "special occasions"?

Lycoris >^..^<

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iconnumber posted 04-16-2022 03:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to the forums, Lycoris. I would go ahead and use what you've got. You will enjoy it. Once it passes into other hands down the road, you never know what will happen to it.

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iconnumber posted 04-16-2022 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silverpath     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome Lycoris! Use what you have and enjoy it! You'll set a beautiful table. Most items are replaceable and silver for instance improves with use.
When I lost everything in a house fire I regretted all the things I'd not used, waiting for the right occasion.
Although I try to do better now, I suspect like myself most collectors don't get the benefit of enjoying their treasures in regular use.
Regarding the hand washing, I do hand wash my better items but done promptly it takes little time and I enjoy caring for it. Washing in Palmolive keeps silver clean without polishing.

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iconnumber posted 04-20-2022 11:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lycoris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Silverpath:
When I lost everything in a house fire I regretted all the things I'd not used, waiting for the right occasion.

Oh how very awful! I'm so sorry that happened to you!

Your experience does provide a powerful lesson for the rest of us, and I will take it to heart.

Thank you!

Lycoris >^..^<

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