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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 05-04-2000 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
More often than not, when we find ourselves at an antique show or at a shop, we will hear shoppers talking about how they save their good silver for special occassions. We have even run into people shopping for silverplate flatware to use everyday when they have a perfectly good sterling set. In every case, we can't help but encourage these folks to use the good silver. The most frequent complaint we hear is that they don't want to polish it to which we reply that if you use it regularly, a simple wash with soap and water is all that is required to keep the sterling looking warm and wonderful. You can even put it in the dishwasher except hollow handle knives. Also, don't wash the sterling with the stainless in the dishwasher.

The theory of using silverplate for everyday is not a great idea. The silver will wear away with overuse. Much better to go with sterling. Besides, there's nothing quite like solid silver to add a quiet elegance to any meal.

Treat yourself - use your silver!

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tvhilado

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iconnumber posted 05-30-2000 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tvhilado     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello. I use my sterling silver daily. I have this philosophy that items which are both durable (important) and expensive should be used and not merely displayed. Continued use permits the item to be admired up close(assuming it is beautiful) rather than when the same is encased in glass. Moreover, imagine a piece worth $ 1000 dollars used only 10x, its cost per use is $ 100.00. While a person who uses it 1000 times has the cost down to $ 1.00 per use. That makes sense to me. It is of course a given that the item be handled with care irrespective of the frequency of use and even if the same is durable.

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Ulysses Dietz
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Just recently I decided that it was stupid to leave my "ordinary" sterling flatware sitting unused in the dining room. It's just an assembled partial set of Whiting "Imperial Queen" that I bought while still in college, padded out with Tiffany shell and thread knives. So I dumped all of my stainless into a shoebox and took it to the basement, and I've been using the silver ever since. Dishwasher and all. Now I think I have a great excuse to add random single forks and teaspoons to extend my "everyday" silver.

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 09-13-2000 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Show me the way people dine, and I will tell you their rank among civilized beings. It is a duty we owe ourselves and one another to glorify and refine eating and drinking, so as to place an infinite distance between ourselves and the brutes, even at the moment we are enjoying a pleasure which we have in common with them."

Silver and Silver Plate, Harper's New Monthly Magazine, September, 1868

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Brent

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Early American teaspoons make great baby feeding spoons! Our baby has yet to eat from anything other than silver spoons, with no ill effects. It feels good to be adding to the history of these spoons by using them again, and they have not suffered.

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