Thursday, January 10, 2013

Old Crocks and Silverware


Antique silverware in our kitchen is a simple pleasure I never tire of.  Displayed or in use, I find it beautiful.  Like anything old, I often wonder where it has been and in what homes it once belonged. 


I've shown you our set of matching antique silver plate flatware we use on a daily basis (here) but I also have a couple sets of mismatched antique silverware.  


 I keep both sets in small vintage crocks.  This set of silverware is unfortunately only for display and you may have noticed it before displayed on my kitchen cupboard.  I purchased this crock at an old hardware store (which also has some antiques for sale).  It was a little pricier than what I normally would pay, but I instantly fell in love with the original label still displayed and knew I would regret leaving it behind.


 The pieces inside are stunningly beautiful... I had actually forgotten about some of the intricate patterns and enjoyed taking them out again for these photos.  The majority have lovely floral patterns but sadly they are chipped in places. 


 Of course I knew this piece would come home with me when I saw the monogrammed "A" (smile). 


 My second crock I keep on our kitchen countertop and I might quickly grab a spoon when I make a cup of tea in the morning or need a fork for a snack.  This crock I purchased at a local antique store for less than ten dollars.  I knew the blue stripe would be just perfect for our kitchen.


 It's always nice to have extra serving spoons and forks and these get used often.  I never mind that they might not match my other serving utensils.  (Looking at these now, I suppose I probably should have polished them before taking photos!) 


 But my favorite pieces in this collection are two small spoons and two small forks.  I'm not sure why they are so much smaller than what you would normally see, but they are just the perfect size for a toddler that is learning how to use utensils. 


As you can imagine, these pieces I simply refer to as Rosetta's (smile).

Warm weather is in our forecast for the weekend and I am hoping the rain will stay away long enough for us to spend the majority of our Saturday outdoors, particularly as we finally beat the flu bug out of our house!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sharing at Savvy Southern Style

34 comments:

  1. Enchanting post...

    Lovely to see things around a blogger's home. Not polished first, is best too! :-)

    You beat the Flu Bug! Hoooooray! An out of doors celebration of some sort, is certainly called for.
    Good luck with the weather!

    "Auntie"

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  2. Glad y'all are on the mend. I didn't collect old silver until I started seeing it all over blog land. You have some pretty pieces and I love your crocks. I could kick myself for not buying a nice one last weekend when we were on the road and I stopped at an antique mall. I hope to get some much need yard work done this weekend in the much warmer weather. Is this January?

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  3. We have mismatched utensils for every day--bought because they were inexpensive, but I've come to really like them. I like the variety of patterns. Not matching means you get to enjoy a lot of different sets. We have mismatched plates, too, and I like those for the same reason. Your silver pieces are really beautiful, just as they are. :-)

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  4. I am glad you guys are feeling better. I love old silver and always have loved it. I love the way you display them in the crocks. You have some really sweet pieces, too. xo Diana

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  5. I know just what you mean, I love old silverware too! I just can't get enough of it, definitely one of things I search for at Flea Markets. Love your beautiful pictures as always:)

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  6. I just have a real love for vintage silverware! I love it old and tarnished. Pretty post.

    Judy

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  7. I just love your crocks, and your old silver!! They are my favorite things to collect. I never get tired of looking at them all around my kitchen.I love all your pieces.

    Kathy

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  8. Your silverware in vintage crocks look so pretty! Maybe I should do this with my regular flatware, that way I can put my three year old to work emptying the dishwasher! Its too hard for him to place each piece in its own little tray but he could stick it all in a crock. :)

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  9. Old silver and silverplate is a love of mine beginning with my mom discovering she had her grandmother's sugar spoon tucked away and gave it to me! Those smaller spoons and forks are possibly from youth sets or from the specialty services so popular in times past. I have smaller spoons called 5 o'clock spoons, bigger than a demitasse spoon, smaller than a teaspoon. Such a great idea to display them in crocks!

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    1. Thank you for sharing about the smaller spoons and forks!

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  10. Seeing your mismatched old silverware displayed so nicely in your crocks makes me want to go back and pick up some pretty pieces I saw this afternoon. Great way to display them so they're ready to use!
    Mary Alice

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  11. I love old silver flatware and yours is beautiful in the old crocks. The set you use everyday is beautiful and I'm glad you're giving your daughters the experience of eating with them even when it's just family there. My favorite silver pieces are not our wedding silver, although I've come to love it again, but are odd ones I've picked up inexpensively. My special favorites are soup spoons--the large bowl like ones--and ladles, from very small to very large. I just like holding them in my hand.

    I think old silver looks especially nice in a farmhouse like yours where the pristine whites you have used are their background.

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  12. Hi Andrea, Love these photos. I so agree. My house has so many pieces and things that are from the another period, another place another time. I love it so much. My claw foot tub is from 1912. I love getting things and wondering who used it, what house it was in, who owned it. Love it.
    So sorry you were sick.
    Love the photo of your daughter's hands.
    xoxo
    Lisa
    Leeshideaway.blogspot.com

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  13. I have such a thing for old silver! Your is just a treat to see!!! Don't you love anything with an letter or monogram on it! The silver in the crocks tell such a days-gone-by story!!! Beautiful!

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  14. Very pretty Andrea. I have some old silver plate mismatched spoons that I like to use for coffee and tea. You ears are just beautiful in those crocks! Monogrammed ones are always a favorite of mine too :)

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  15. I love how you keep all of your old silver in the pretty crocks. Your home is so suited for that. I have collected old mismatched pieces as well and at last count had service for 16. I also found an old set in Michigan monogrammed with the letter H. Not ours, but a beautiful old set in the original box.

    Never worry about polishing it, the tarnish is part of the charm!

    XO,
    Jane

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  16. love it so much....I hope you are having a great new year ! miss ya...xo

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  17. I am so glad you all are feeling better:). I love vintage silverwear too and the more weathered the better. Your bookshelves are awesome!! they look stunning against your beautiful WALLS. Have a happy weekend, JEN

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  18. My mom has always used mismatched silver and it is always so fun to eat with it when we visit her. I love your collection, and your beautiful pictures :) I also love the shelves you built! So pretty

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  19. Don't you just love antiques ! I wonder where the peices come from well I hope you have a great weekend !

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  20. You have such a beautiful collection....I have collected spoons with the "S" monogram and now I started collecting ones that "have to go home with me"...I love your collection...and I really love the monogrammed "A" with the pineapple!...they look wonderful in the vintage crocks!....the small spoon is so cute!

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  21. I love old silver (and china, too). So pretty.

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  22. This post exemplifies the name of your Blog "Keeping It Cozy" just perfectly!

    Lynn

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  23. I love your vintage flatware. I buy it when I can and love mixing different pieces together.

    Love your "A". Hmmmmm...A for Amy maybe. :)

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  24. I know this post was about crocks and silver...and I adore them both...but I couldn't help but notice your linen towel. :o) That stripe is the perfect (in my opinion) shade of blue. Lovely photos as always and a heart-felt post. Enjoy the weekend Andrea!

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  25. Love just about anything vintage and your silverware and crocks are no exception. Especially when you put the two together - beautiful!

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  26. Just found your wonderful blog. I love to use old flatware, too.. and am always drawn to it.

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  27. I'm glad you didn't polish first - I love the patina on vintage silverware. I prefer that it doesn't match too :-) altogether you have a lovely collection!

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  28. Oh your silverware and crocks are awesome looking!!

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  29. I too adore old silver. Your collection is beautiful and I too heart the spoon with the "A".

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  30. Love all the mismatched silver in the crocks! Your pictures are amazing by the way. Just found your blog:)

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  31. When I saw your photo link, I came right over. I love using old crocks for holding flatware. We have very limited cabinet space, so crocks and pitchers hold various sets of flatware. Thanks for sharing yours......old crocks and silver make me smile.

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  32. I love old silverware too. Now, I have collected too much!
    Love your crocks, I collect them too.
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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