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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.
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Date: 5/9/2017
88 rue Lafayette, 75009, Paris, France, France $0
Silverware or flatware is almost always marked, and you can read silver marks on your tableware or flatware with a keen eye or a magnifying glass, particularly if you know where to look. You also need to know how to read the marks if you want to know the type of silver, silverplate, or stainless you have.
Collectors are usually interested in sterling silver, since it is more valuable than most of the silverplate or stainless. You may just be interested to know how or where your silverware or flatware is marked. Here are some clues.

Check the backside of the flatware.
Look for sterling silver marks. Much silver is marked "sterling" but it may also be marked .925. See the David Andersen Norway set above that is marked both sterling and .925. Less than sterling silver, but still silver, may be marked .900 or .800. Some pieces just have the English hallmarks (three symbols) and they are sterling silver.

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Date: 4/21/2017
88 rue Lafayette, 75009, Paris, France, France $0
Caring of sterling silver flatware is very easy. Please follow these steps: -
1. After each use, promptly wash or rinse your sterling with hot water and dry it.
2. If you hand-wash your sterling, use a mild detergent.
3. Do not leave your sterling sitting in water, as soaking can permanently damage the metal.
4. Keep sterling and stainless steel flatware in separate baskets in the dishwasher.
5. Polish your sterling once or twice a year, whether or not it has been used regularly.
6. Make sure your sterling is completely dry before you store it.
7. If using occasionally: Place sterling in the provided flannel flatware bag or in a wooden storage chest with a protective flannel lining.
8. Do not wrap your sterling in rubber bands, plastic or newspaper, or in any material with high sulphur content.
9. Remove any tarnish by buffing your sterling with a soft cloth and silver polish.

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Date: 3/21/2017
88 rue Lafayette, 75009, Paris, France, France $0