Monday, October 15, 2012

Vintage Flatware Designs

After posting my vintage inspired tablescape (you can view it here) I mentioned how I like to mix and match silver flatware, but neglected to mention what patterns I had used. After receiving a couple of emails I thought I would show you the complete set :-)

Let me start by saying this was a planned set that I've been working on.  These are all patterns that I fell in love with and thought the Victorian design elements complimented each other.  I have put together a complete service for 6 with all the individual pieces being from the same pattern.  Each piece was chosen because of its ornate timeless pattern and allows me to set a casual table, but still with elegance.  I plan to seek out serving pieces from each design to finish it off.  Not sure how long that will take!

(Pieces and patterns from left to right)
Salad Fork - 1951 Magnolia a/k/a Inspiration
Dinner Fork - 1907 Kenwood
Dinner Knife - 1965 Wakefield
Teaspoon - 1958 Chalice
Oval Soup Spoon - 1905 Norfolk
Do you mix it up?  Don't be afraid to experiment as this collecting technique has a wonderful aesthetic appeal on the table.  If you are torn between different styles mixing and matching allows you to have the best of both worlds.  There are no rules; however, you may prefer to collect pieces from a specific era.  So what do you think?  Do you like the complete set?

Please join me for tea as we 'celebrate' a little pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.  Would you like to nibble on a sweet sugar cookie in the shape of a teapot?
  Were not counting calories today!

Recently, I picked up this set of silver sugar tongs by Elkington.  I enjoy using them during tea time as its an accoutrement we tend not to use everyday.  It is a beautiful piece of English elegance that helps savor each sugar cube!

Would you like one lump or two with your tea?   

Today I am joining ...
Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
Tea Cup Tuesday @ Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea @ Antiques and Teacups
Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a daily cup from Mrs. Olson
Time Travel Thursday @ The Brambleberry Cottage
Open House Friday @ Bernideen's Tea Time
Show & Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Show Off Friday @ What About
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage


KarinsArtScrap said...

everything looks so beautiful Donna.

greetings karin

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such loveliness, Donna! Your silver and china are so pretty and those cookies, oh my! I will take two cubes of sugar, please with your beautiful sugar tongs. xx

sharonssunlitmemories said...

That's such a clever idea - I would never have thought of mixing silver up like that but yours works so well!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I love how you mix up the silver patterns. It makes it fun and less fussy! Your teapot cookies are so cute! Wish I had one right now.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Donna. Your blog is so lovely and that's a great idea to collect the silver like that. It always looks beautiful and usually so hard to find a whole matching set unless you pay a lot for it or inherit one. I have a few pieces that I have collected over time, but they all need to be shined up so I can see the pattern. I will visit from time to time. It looks like you have a wonderful garden..Happy Monday..Judy

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Donna,
Your silverware is gorgeous! I love it mixed and it does lend a pretty look to a setting. Love your teacup and your cookies are very cute! I have sugar tongs but I seldom use them as I don't take sugar in my tea but they do look elegant with the sugar bowl. Thank you for joining me for my special Pink Tea and have a delightful week.


Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Donna, I love your mixed silverware and your beautiful china. I don't have any sets of silverware just odds and ends and not enough to set a table for guests. I love your little sugar cookies. Blessings, Pamela

Anne Payne said...

Hey Donna,

I never would have thought to mix and match tableware but yours looks great! That tiny rose pattern on your china is so sweet and pretty!!!


Cynthia said...


Beautifult pictures. I love the teacup and saucer. The flatware is very pretty.


Terri said...

Beautiful Donna! I love the soft pinks and your tea cup is really romantic! Those cookies are amazing! I think I would enjoy one very much : )
Mixing your flatware is a fab idea. I love the patterns you are assembling. They look amazing together!

Terry said...

The flatware is gorgeous, just like the tongs and tea set. I love mixing things up - from flatware and plates to dining room chairs.



Antiques And Teacups said...

Lovely Donna. Great mix of patterns, and such lovely china to today's tea. LOVE the teapot cookies! I love sugar tongs as well...they are an elegant touch to any tea table! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Stephanie said...

Hi there :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. Your teacup is lovely and your cookies are stunning! They are too pretty to eat :) Have a wonderful day.


CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

Hi Donna,
Your silver looks fabulous! I love the different patterns and style. Your teapot cookies are so pretty & fancy and look delicious. Have a wonderful week.

Rosemary said...

Donna I will take one lump thank you. Love the idea of mixing up the patterns....... stealing it for sure...

Beth said...

Hi Donna, Your cookies are adorable! I'm so glad they're noncaloric :-)
The silver is lovely. What a nice tea!

Clara said...

Hi Donna!
Pretty teapot cookies and I love your teacups and tongs.

Ruthie Miller said...

Love mixing the flatware. What fun. It must have been fun to try and collect it too.
DId you make those cookies? wowza.
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Rosemary and Thyme said...

Such beautiful vintage pieces. I love all of them. I also love to mix and match china, silverware, glassware. Just about everything. Vintage pieces such as yours are my favorite. I really enjoyed your presentation.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Donna: Love the sterling you picked, just beautiful. Your tea cup with the pink roses is just so pretty. Thank you so much for sharing these vintage piece with us today. Blessings, Martha


Love your silver ware ! Love to mix them also and also the ironstone dinnerware I collect.
thank your for the nice pictures !
xoxo from PARIS

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Donna I love your mixture of flatware. That is one thing I really haven't collected. Wonder why? It really is so charming. Your tea is lovely and the cookies are just precious! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

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