Although seemingly humble in use, Silver cutlery (or flatware) has a long and noble history. Pewter or steel were the metals of choice for most eating utensils up until the late 17th Century, but the demand for Silver flatware grew during the 18th Century. In England the Knife, Fork and Spoon combination only gained acceptance during the 17th Century and at the time it was common for people to carry their own utensils for eating. However, the Industrial Revolution of the 18th Century led to a surge in dining rituals and etiquette with some of the leading Silversmiths creating elegantly matching cutlery sets for guests and family. This peaked during the 19th Century.
The rise of Sheffield Plate and Electroplating during the mid 18th and mid 19th Centuries opened up the fashionable dining rituals to the middle and poorer classes who could now acquire the look of Silver without the exorbitant costs. During the 20th Century cutlery slowly became less ornamental and modernist in design and by the end of the 20th Century formal dining had disappeared substantially. Even so there will always remain something special about using antique and vintage Silver flatware even on a daily basis. It reconnects us back to the rituals of the past and often has a warm feel from years of enjoyable eating.
At LoveAntiques we have a fine and ever-changing selection of antique and vintage cutlery for all your dining needs.
Vintage Golf Themed Novelty Solid Sterling Silver Tea Spoon - Twin Double Golf Clubs & Ball
Jonathan Green Antiques Ltd
Good Set of 6 George III Silver Table / Soup Spoons London 1807 by Eley & Fearne
Boutique 37 Antiques Tiverton
Cased Set of 6 Silver Teaspoons - London 1921/1922 Mappin & Webb
Rare 1792 Antique George III Sterling Silver & Steel Dessert Knives, English Sheffield Cutlery - Robert Trickett
Rare 1792 Large Pair of George III Sterling Silver Antique Table / Dinner Knives, Robert Trickett English Sheffield Cutlery
Antique Victorian Solid Silver Gilt Teaspoons with Magnificent Grape Vine Design - Charles Boyton 1883
Beautiful Blue / White Enamel Solid Sterling Silver English Tea Coffee Spoons Box Set Cased, Turner & Simpson
Pair of Moses Brent 1810 Georgian George III English Antique Solid Sterling Silver Large Dessert Knives