Antique Sterling Silver Spoons
Sterling silver flatware can be a great addition to any home. Many may use them for daily use, while others prefer to take them out on special occasions like Christmas, birthdays and special dinners. Antique spoons, on the other hand, are mainly for decor because of the state of their metal and the age of the cutlery. Apart from that, people may prefer to keep antique silver cutlery in display cases in their collections.
What Kind of Silver Antique Spoons Can You Find?
Because of their rarity, some spoon collections will be difficult to procure. Vintage silverware is especially rare because of their value and the history behind their production. Here are some types of silver spoons one can collect:
- Silver Spoons with Enamel Crests:These are designed for royalty or families with house crests.
- Silver Tea Caddy Spoon: This particular silver spoon is used to measure tea leaves.
- Demitasse Silver Spoons: These spoons are meant for small coffee cups.
- Anointing Spoons: These are quite rare because they are used for coronations to anoint sovereigns with holy oil. Most anointing spoons are replicas, but still made of sterling silver or gold.
What Are Some Features To Consider When Choosing a Sterling Silver Antique Spoon?
When purchasing an antique sterling silver spoon, it is important to confirm whether you are buying a genuine item. It is difficult to do this without seeing the spoon personally with an antiques expert, but there are ways for you to determine whether an antique spoon is real or not.
- If you are looking for a particular type of spoon model, you can contact an archivist to confirm the numbers that are etched behind the handle of the spoon. These signify the type of silver you have.
- When the number is.999, it means it is fine silver. If it is.925, it is sterling silver.
- Upon photographic inspection, you can compare the spoon to the original photo and its intricate details, including flaws and discolourations.
How Do You Care for Antique Silver Spoons?
Antique silver spoons are quite high in quality, which means that the damage they incur are mostly physical rather than chemical. They may stain, but once they are cleaned, they revert back to their silver sterling appearance. However, you still have to care for your spoons after they have been restored. Here's how:
- Chemical baths are much better than using tarnishing cleaners. The latter has abrasive properties that may damage your flatware.
- Silverware should be wiped once a week if they are stored for decor.
- If they are used daily, they should not be washed with hot water. They should be cleaned using special silver washing liquids.
- Do not buff the silver until it shines. Because of it is a soft metal, it will gradually degrade with the micro scratches of buffing and polishing.
- Contact an expert cleaner, if possible.