Precious Silver

There is nothing like the beauty of freshly polished antique silver plate. Its beautiful shine, elegance and soft glow dress up any room, table or setting.. Whether you choose to collect flatware, larger decorative silver plate items or a combination of both you will find that there are plenty of nice antique pieces still in existence today to grow your collection.  

Silver is taylor-made for patina.  Because of this, antiques pieces can be casual and elegant.  That versatility why I think we all love it so much.  For me, it is like jewelry for any room or table.  I love to feel the weight of the flatware in my hand and admire the many lovely patterns that adorn these vintage beauties.  

Keep in mind that most of what you will find is Silver plate not actually sterling silver.  It is considered a lesser alternative to sterling silver but it is just as beautiful.  Only a thinner layer of silver over the base metal. 

I began collecting these pieces a few years ago.  Many of my pieces were found by visiting antique shops and flea markets, thrift shops and garage sales.  I have added numerous pieces to my growing collection including serving platters, Coffee and Tea Service, Ice buckets, Champagne Buckets and Candelabras.  But my favorite pieces to collect are vintage flatware because they are very affordable. In fact, I have a vendor at my local flea market that sells the tarnish flatware pieces for a $1.00 each could you believe??

I know many of you may shy away from buying these pieces because you do not want to polish them or because they don't go in the dish washer but there are many easy and great polishing techniques today.  So please don't miss out on these beautiful vintage pieces.  They are worth the little extra effort.

These are just a few of the pieces that I own.

Cleaning Tips:

I am sharing this easy cleaning tip that was shared by another blogger because I tried it and it really works wonders.  De-tarnish ALL your silver ALL at once... line your sink with aluminum foil, add 1/2 c table salt, 1/2 c. baking soda, fill with hot water, then dump in all your silver! Let sit for about 30 min. The tarnish all transfers to the foil!

I also use Wright's Silver Cream which you can find at your local supermarket.  This stuff works great also.


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  1. I love old silver and have a collection of it. So beautiful on a table or mixed in a casual pitcher as you have it! Love it!
    Miss Bloomers

  2. I was thinking to myself as i read this post and coveted the beautiful silver, "how do you keep the silver shining?" and then you answered the question. Thank-you especially for the cleaning tip. Your silver is so beautiful and beautifully displayed. ( thanks for the tip)

  3. Love your collections! So glad I dropped by from the Tablescaper Link Party! Definitely will be a new follower here!

  4. Hello, I'm a new reader and follower of your blog. I was thrilled to scroll down and read the post about cleaning silver. I had read about using salt and soda mixture to clean it but lost the instructions of how to do it. There it was on your post, the how-to. Now I can clean mine! My tea set is so terribly tarnished and I want to make it pretty again. Thank you!

  5. Beautiful photos. Silver certainly makes things more sparkly! Very pretty and makes me know I'll be on the look-out for a nice silver tray and other pieces! I love settings that don't all 'match.' Makes them perfect! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics.

  6. You have a wonderful silver collection. I have found many pieces at thrift stores for as little as 25¢ apiece. I have even found very heavily tarnished sterling s/p sets for 25¢ never know what is waiting for you on the shelves of a thrift store!

  7. You have a lovely collection....I pinned your cleaning tip! Thanks for sharing it!

  8. Your pieces are lovely! I have some silverware that my grandma handed down to me and I adore it.

  9. I too, love silver, so I immediately went to see your post based on the ALL your pictures, and of course, your beautiful collection! ~Zuni

  10. P.S. I'm your newest follower! Love your blogwork!

  11. Such beautiful pictures and pieces! Thanks for sharing the cleaning tips!

  12. Your silver pieces are beautiful!!
    Mary Alice

  13. You are right, there is nothing as beautiful as polished silver!

  14. LOVE this post! I love vintage and antique silver too and I much prefer it polished to the non-polished look that so many people seem to prefer today. I guess I am old school (and part British!) and just love how it looks and I even love polishing it! I have tried the tin foil method and I use Wright's which I think is the best! Thanks for sharing some of your stunning collection! Love it all! xo

  15. Oh my, all of this wonderful silver. It is all absolutely exquisite. Great pieces. Thanks for joining TTT. Hgus, Marty

  16. I think I might have to start a new collection because of this post!! I have SOME silver, but I keep it in its original rusty crusty tarnished glory rather than polish it...but I did polish it ONCE!!! For Thanksgiving about a year or so ago! It really does work that method you shared!!
    Thanks again for sharing such a lovely post with us!

  17. Janet, your silver is just beautiful and you have some very lovely pieces. I have not tried this polishing method although I know about it. I like both the polished look and the tarnished. I guess it just depends on my mood at the time. Thank you for sharing at my HOME and have a lovely weekend.


  18. Beautiful and so fun to collect!!! New follow:) Follow me back at

    Have you ever seen PBS mystery show rosemary and thyme? It's very fun!

    1. Thanks for following sew sweet... I am now following you. I do watch those two fun ladies, rosemary and thyme on PBS. It is too funny. My husband thinks I am nuts but that is ok..

  19. Stunning...all of these treasures are wonderful! I like that polishing method - I have no silver currently...but am working on it!

  20. I am drooling with all your silver treasures. OMG! How I wish I could own like yours. The flatwares are adorable.

    I love them all.

    /CC girl

    1. You are funny Chubby... Thank you for visiting and leaving me your lovely comment.

  21. Hi Janet,
    Thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday. I've enjoyed strolling through your beautiful blog and I too clean my silver with the aluminium foil... it works a treat!!

  22. Wonderful collection.
    Thanks for the cleaning tips.

  23. Det är så vackert att duka med nyputsat silver. det du har är ju så vackert
    Ha en fin helg
    Kram Meta

  24. LOVE your gorgeous silver pieces, especially that clam shell piece. Thanks so much for sharing with us. We love having you.

  25. So beautiful and sparkly! Love the cleaning tip!

  26. Sure do have some beautiful silver...luv all your flatware.



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