~ embracing the rustic tarnish and patina of old silver ~

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Anything beautifully shabby, tarnished and imperfect catches my wandering eye.

I thus have a mixture of pieces in my small collection of tarnished silver including vintage and chic silver plated items some now quite rustic with patina.  I also like poor man’s silver.

Tidying up the other day and sorting through these pieces with my helper, Jean-Louise, our Burmese lilac.

 

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Serving pieces.

Serving trays, plates and dishes.

Butlers trays.

Sandwich trays.

Cake dishes.

Tea-pot or coffee-pot trays.

Some etched. Some embossed.

Some more patinated than others. Some with strong patina.

 

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Vintage tea pots.

Coffee pots.

Simple heirloom silver items their design emphasized by the aging process.

 

The heavier pieces are silver or silver plated brass, copper or nickel. the tarnishing or wearing away of the silver plate often reveals hints of the base metal.

 

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Beautifully tarnished silver goblets.

 

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Two-armed candelabra, a heavy piece.

 

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I believe some of the silver-plated items are showing the metal base such as copper, nickel or brass.

 

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Great as decor trays, candle trays, or jewelry trays.

What about a tray for a tea set or for a high tea or serving drinks?

I use one on the bathroom vanity for smaller items. Good for small items in the bedroom.

I have seen other suggestions including using them as part of the centerpiece on the dining room table or placing a large bowl with seasonal fruit or flowers or herbs (or a combination of both) on them.

 

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Wine glasses/goblets

 

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Gravy jug. Milk jug. Sugar bowl.

 

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Jugs. Pitchers. Coffee pots. Tea pots. Sterling silver. Silver over copper.

You can see the pitcher has an ice lip.

 

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I like my silver imperfect and patinated.

No polishing please  . . . . It belongs to days past.

 

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