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Spoons are one of the oldest eating utensils on the planet. This isn’t particularly surprising if one considers that nearly as long as humans have needed food, they’ve required something to scoop it up with. Unlike knives and forks, that for the most part needed to be fashioned, natural spoons could be utilized by employing such things as seashells or conveniently shaped stones. Sure, the earliest known instances of these didn’t have handles yet, but from these humble beginnings, the spoon was born. The most recent addition to the common cutlery club is the fork. Although they have technically existed since ancient times, these preliminary specimens consisted of a mere two prongs and were used primarily for cooking and serving food. Fingers, spoons and knives were still the most popular choices when it came to actual eating. The fork’s popularity began to grow during the 16th century due to the infamous historical trend setter Catherine de Medici. She helped popularize the fork (as well as pasta, olive oil, Chianti and the separation of sweet and savory) with the French tables after her marriage to Henry II. Traditionally, good quality cutlery was made from silver (hence the U.S. name), though steel was always used for more utilitarian knives, and pewter was used for some cheaper items, especially spoons. As an investment antique silverware will always be valuable and if the price of silver falls, you can guarantee that it will rise again in the future. Useful items of silverware were made as far back as the 12th century and just a short time later cutlery and flatware became extremely popular and fashionable. The antique silver items that have survived to this day were made from the same quality of silver that was used in coinage.
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Date: 6/30/2017
88 rue Lafayette, 75009, Paris, France, France $0
Antique Sterling Silver Bowls are probably one of the oldest forms of silver manufacturing. One of the most valued silver items is bowls. They are available is so many sizes ranging from small to large. A beautiful silver bowl is used for so many purposes, right from holding cakes to confectionery and more. Due to the size that some Antique Sterling Silver Bowls can take, they have the potential to be extremely valuable just on their Silver Value alone. It is, of course, important to verify that you your bowl is Sterling Silver first (this can be accomplished by looking for Markings on the bottom, one of the more common markings being, "925" or "Sterling"). From the beginning, the techniques for hammering antique silver into shapes were similar from region to region. In sinking, a sheet of sterling silver was hammered into a form, often carved from the stump of a tree. The silversmith would begin by hammering around the edge of the form, moving toward the center of the sheet slowly in concentric circles. Because of this, sunken bowls were usually thicker on the bottom than the sides, which helped stabilize ones with round bottoms. Platinum is all right for jewelry, but the things made with it are often a trifle delicate. Very old pewter has a certain charm, and so does nickel — especially in faucets — but when it comes down to it, there is nothing like antique silver. Regardless of the provenance of the bowl, it is a work of art in its own right. Estate Sterling Silver with gilded interior bowl has a grand presence and is in beautiful condition. The antique sterling silver Bowls has beautiful hammered texture and a rim soldered to bowls to strengthen the design and the rim of the bowls. It is in very good antique condition. These bowls were made for many years beautifully and skillfully crafted. Our medium sized sterling silver bowls are offered in a large range of shapes and attractive designs including plain, fluted, and panelled styles. To view any antique silver bowl in more detail, just click on EstateSterling.com.
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Date: 5/31/2017
88 rue Lafayette, 75009, Paris, France, France $0
English and French silversmiths began making silver tea services in the early 1700s. These were considered an upscale improvement on ceramic tea sets. Silver tea services generally included a teapot, a matching coffee pot, a sugar dish, a creamer, a waste bowl for used tea, and a matching tray. While not necessarily considered part of the tea service, teaspoons, sugar spoons, and sugar tongs often accompanied these sets. Some of the most elaborate tea services were produced during the Victorian era. Toward the end of the 19th century, design preferences shifted again as silver tea services became much more simplified and streamlined, putting them years ahead of the overall aesthetics of the time. By the early 20th century, the look of silver tea services varied greatly from region to region. There are two types of sterling silver tea sets and coffee pots. The first are made of Sheffield silver, which describes an English plating technique developed in the 1740s, in which a sheet of sterling silver was fused to a sheet of copper, creating a strong, bi-metal sandwich that could be formed and chased like sterling silver.
We would be happy to do what we can to help you with your purchase. We pride ourselves on being able to offer you the highest quality French antique sterling silver flatware sets.
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Date: 5/9/2017
88 rue Lafayette, 75009, Paris, France, France $0