Every item retailed through AC Silver already has a story, and I personally like to know the future the piece will have. When there is limited communication before a sale a wide gap is left in my imagination to be filled with a manifest of guesses, will the purchase be used, or is it a gift, part of a collection or even the start of a collection?
Last January we sold a few canteens of cutlery in short procession and I learnt the story of none of them. I determined that customers were buying these expansive collections of flatware as their holiday/Christmas table was not as presentable as they would have hoped (much like my uni days when I served my dad lunch on a plastic picnic service as it was the only matching set I owned).
Tickled by this theory I looked to my own dining room table. I do not host Christmas due to an inability to cook meat efficiently, but to my surprise I do love hosting. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and family birthdays are now my domain. I upgraded my cutlery from the mismatch of plastic and metal I left university with and bought a matching stainless steel set that reminded me of one of the canteens I’d admired at work. I purchased a matching dining table set with bowls and plates a plenty, and on the day of the well organised meal I now sit and polish each item to ensure there are no smudges or marks.
Silverware for the table
As you may have guessed I take quite a pride in my table; working around as much silverware as I do you learn to dream big, and whilst polishing away, I imagine the serving spoons I am using to be made by Elkington & Co. I look at the gravy boat my mum passed to me on my first hosting and think to myself ‘It isn’t silver but I will never replace it as it is now an heirloom’, which has developed a transition on its timeline (along with a chip to the fluted body, sorry mum).
I ask you this, who doesn’t want to lift up a silver dish cover and say the magic word “Tada” or the more formal version “Dinner is served”. If you don’t agree I am skeptical that you aren’t embracing your true answer/inner child.
The next logical (and cost friendly) item on my list of tableware to purchase is a set of napkin rings. Granted at the moment I use paper napkins (I shall point out, this is a step up from kitchen roll) but I aspire to use appropriate fabric ones presented lovingly in some exceptional gauged rings. Counting my parents and brother, then maybe two guests, that determines a set of six would be ideal for me, now I just need more plates, cutlery and chairs to be able to accommodate the extra people.
Which style to go for is the next conundrum. Do I look for a composite set that could be easily added to as my potential guest list grows? Or shall I look into the more alternative unique looking napkin rings that I always admire for their design (in my eyes this doesn’t mean get another interesting set if the party grows, it means only 6 people dining at any one time). Only time will tell where my mind and future will take me.
I no longer write a list to Santa at Christmas and I haven’t created a ‘bucket list’, but I do own a list of silverware I would love to own before I expire. I WILL have the perfect table! Call me crazy, but I see it not only as a good investment but can be used to make any occasion extra special.
‘Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.’ – Washington Irving (1783-1859)
If you have a tableware wish list and want to share it proudly, please feel free to contact us or comment below.
Rachel O'Keefe-Coulson – Multimedia Manager
Rachel O'Keefe is our 'silver lady' spending her days handling silverware and processing these items for the AC Silver website. Amazingly, Rachel’s favourite items of silverware are spoons, for which she has developed a true affinity.