January 15th, 2017

Specific Silver Pieces

Last summer we cleaned out my family home on Martha’s Vineyard and I ended up with two more sets of silver and a number of odds-and-ends pieces. “Sweet specificity” sums up these pieces perfectly- berry spoons, sugar cube tongs, cake breakers, sundry forks, and items that I cannot even guess at their intended use. When I came across this article in Veranda I had an ‘aha’ moment-  Replacements is my source for filling in my discontinued everyday china pattern (Wedgwood Edme), why not use them to identify my silver pieces? Ta da!


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  • I love this! I have lots of inherited odds and ends also, like grape scissors, that I don’t really use but can’t let go of. Replacements is fabulous but for silver I would check with Beverly Bremer in Atlanta. They can identify anything!

    JenniferJanuary 15th, 2017  9:32 AM

  • I second the Beverly Bremer recommendation. Best in the country – Southern ladies know, and love, their silver!

    AnneJanuary 15th, 2017  10:36 AM

  • Fantastic idea, thanks!

    SueMJanuary 15th, 2017  1:32 PM

  • I admit It feels a little validating to know we share Wedgewood Edme in common. When I registered for it over 25 years ago I liked it so much I never bothered to register for fine china. Unfortunately, when it was discontinued a few years ago Replacements was too pricey for my dwindling place settings and I have switched out to Wm Sonoma basics.

    karenJanuary 15th, 2017  2:19 PM

  • I registered for Edme because it was my mother’s everyday china…

    PrestonJanuary 15th, 2017  2:22 PM

  • These very specific items remind me of the film of an Edith Wharton novel starring Winona Ryder ???? I own a berry spoon, sugar tongs and a discountinued Wedgewood dinner service. I am hoping to find replacements when I go to the UK in September.

    AntoinetteJanuary 15th, 2017  11:01 PM

  • I have many of these from my mother and grandmother….but the all time favorite is the cake breaker, my grandkids for some reason go crazy for it.

    KathyJanuary 16th, 2017  1:44 AM

  • Among my top five New Year’s Resolutions is to ‘use the silver.’ This applies to all the pretty things in my cupboards and drawers and to eat at the dining room table! My every day china is Wedgewood Countryware, which I believe might have originally been Coalport? As a good friend reminded me, ‘this isn’t a dress rehearsal.’

    PaulaJanuary 16th, 2017  2:49 AM

  • For Antoinette – the Wharton novel that you’re referring to is The Age of Innocence.

    KathyJanuary 16th, 2017  12:31 PM

  • When I inherited a bunch of silver, I brought the “what is THIS for” pieces to Jean’s Silversmith in NYC.
    I actually use all the unusual pieces – they are great conversation starters. The ice cream forks are our favorite!

    LisaJanuary 18th, 2017  12:53 PM

  • I love using my unusual serving pieces….the old has a new and wonderful place at my table. I get a great joy using what those before me enjoyed. For family treasures, I am the custodian, not the owner, to pass on for others to enjoy and use.

    Caryl DearingJanuary 21st, 2017  9:22 AM


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