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Bright Cut Lettuce Fork

Antique Silver Lettuce Forks

Antique silver lettuce forks are fun to collect and use. Now obsolete, the lettuce fork was once offered with flatware services to the health-conscious and nature-loving Victorians. Fresh vegetables had become more readily available...

Victorian Silver Castor

Victorian Dinner Castor

The dinner castor, or cruet holder, was a very popular table item in the 19th century. It consisted of a silver or silverplate frame which usually held 5 or 6 cruet bottles. Breakfast castors...

Knife History

Brief History Of The Knife

It has been mentioned in discussing the spoon, that knives were first fashioned out of stone. The close resemblance of some of them to modern knives indicates that types which are familiar to us...

Fork History

Brief History Of The Fork

While knives and spoons have such a venerable record that they cannot be attributed to any one place or time of origin, the introduction of the fork can be more definitely traced. The design...

Spoon History

Brief History Of The Spoon

 There is plenty of evidence that the people of very early times concentrated along the borders of the sea and large bodies of water. The shores of these waters provided shells which served as...

Columbia Tomato Server

1893 Columbia – Antique Silverplate Flatware

The 1893 Columbia silverplate flatware pattern was designed and produced by 1847 Rogers Bros. It was specifically designed for the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery in...

Whiting Tea Balls

Antique Silver Tea Ball Infuser

The silver tea ball was very popular in American homes, particularly in the late 19th century. Competition among silver manufacturers and silversmiths was fierce as each attempted to outdo the others with the most...

Antique Fish Server with Patina

Is it Patina or Tarnish?

We have all seen countless silver descriptions online which include claims that the tarnish on a piece of silver or silverware is actually patina.  Tarnish is not patina! Tarnish is the all-over blackening of silver...