On a recent thrifting excursion I ran across this
flatware storage case for $10.00.
|Not the best quality but it is functional and it was only $10.00. Have you priced flatware chests lately?|
I had been collecting a 1902 pattern for several years but I was too cheap to purchase an additional chest. Soooooo, I stored it here!
|The quality of the pics is not good. I was trying to balance on one foot and steady the camera. |
Had to delete most pics.
This was not functional storage. Therefore, I didn't use this silver often.
I know, I know it is shameful. I know that none of you have such a thing in your closet/cupboard. Well, I did!
While I was recovering from my broken foot I tried to find tasks I could do while sitting. I took out my best friend to help me. She lives under the sink (not Cinderella but Sewerella). Not a nice way to treat a best friend but she really doesn't mind. Let me introduce her.
|There is a glare in the photo but it is Wright's silver cream.|
Wright's silver cream has been around at least 65 years. I remember my Mom buying it often. There was a little book that was usually in a little rack on the shelf beside the polish. (Notice that, little book, little rack. I am beginning to sound like our sweet Shelia. Love you Shelia!) It told the story of Mrs. Wright's cow getting stuck in mud up to her cow bell. When she was pulled out her cow bell was gleaming, clean and beautiful. Apparently the cow had fallen into a magic mud which could clean silver and other metals in the wink of an eye. Mrs. Wright began to market the magic mud as "Wright's"silver cream and copper/brass cleaner.
I was only six years old but I was sold. Have been ever since.
I have used many different types of cleaners since that time. Some of them very highly touted and highly priced. So far, Mrs. Wright's magic mud is the best. I purchase several types at Kroger for about $3.00. They have one for copper that is also magic.
Ok, so I get busy.
|Beautiful sugar sifter|
This was the first piece I purchased a few years back. I just fell in love with the intricate detail. It is sterling pattern "Stratford" by International Silver. It was introduced in 1902. I have read one source that indicates it was discontinued in the 1940's.
I began to open pouches and clean. Some pieces I had forgotten purchasing. The only thing I do remember is that I am frugal in this area and I am sure they were all purchased at a bargain.
I polished and polished and polished.
At this point I placed this post in draft form. I realized this chest wouldn't hold everything. I purchased this chest from Horchow. It still didn't hold all the pieces but have a look.
|I really love the detail on this pattern|
Here are some of the places used in a tablescape.
Now these beautiful pieces are organized so that I access them easily and see what I have.
I hope you enjoyed the results of my work. I couldn't have done this big job without Mrs. Wright's help.
On June 15th for the Pillsbury Cookalong and register for Jo's first giveaway.
I am linking to the following gracious hostess for great parties and inspiration:
Tabletop Tuesday-A Stroll Thru Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday-Coastal Charm
Three or More Tuesday-The Gypsy's Corner
Toot Your Horn Tuesday-A Silly Little Sparrow