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Sterling Silver, Sheffield Plate or Silver-plate?

Here we have a lovely luncheon set of 12 knives and 12 forks with handles of mother-of-pearl housed in their original, velvet-lined wood case.  The lengths of luncheon sets are shorter than dinner sets to correspond with the smaller luncheon plate size. … Continue reading

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A Tree, a Bridge, and Two Doves – the Willow Pattern

The most common dinnerware pattern we find in estates is Willow – not surprising since it has been around since 1780 (Thomas Minton is credited with the original design). Willow holds the title of the most popular china pattern ever … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season to Clean Silver, Fa-la-la-la-la …

The more you use your silver, whether sterling or plate, antique or modern, serving pieces, dishes or cutlery, the less it will tarnish. With time it will develop a beautiful patina. Occasionally it will need cleaning and polishing. It’s easy … Continue reading

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The “Good China”

As a child, I was never served food on the good china – that was always saved for guests. However, when I was young I did sneak a taste of what was to come. You see, my mother would make … Continue reading

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