Saturday, June 12, 2010

Silver Sunday

It's Silver Sunday time.  I have some coin silver spoons that belonged to my Highland County, Virginia grandparents.  I don't know anything specific about them other than in the early 1960's, my grandmother wanted someone in the family to keep them.  Sterling Silver is 92.5% silver whereas coin silver has  90% silver.  These are made in a very simple Federal style. They do have hallmarks on the reverse side, but I have not researched them.  I don't know why there are five and not six or eight.
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Linda said...

Those are very cool and it would be fun to find out more about them! Thanks for sharing on Silver Sunday!

AnticaTreasures said...

Nice! Thank you for sharing!

Sherry said...

I love your silverware! It would look great with my pewter! Have a great weekend.

Martha said...

I love the simplicity of the coin silver spoons -- I have two that belonged to DH's family and others that I've picked up here and there.

Why 5 -- because at one time there were 10 or 12 and they got divided up rather than being handed down to just one daughter.

Sarah said...

What lovely spoons. I like the simplicity of these. Aren't you lucky to have these! Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

Paula said...

I really like the simple design of these spoons. I've heard of coin silver but don't know much at all about it. Knowing that they were your grandmother's makes them special.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Thanks for sharing. I learned something today about the silver content! Happy Silver Sunday.

Johanna said...

Joan, this spoons are relly very impressive. Because of it's simplicity it could be possible that they are handwroughted and very old. May be some spoons of your set got lost and there are just 5 pieces left over. Another reason for beeing just 5 could be that the set has been divided to make a heritage for two children. And also it is the possibility that there have exist only 5 spoons because the family had just 5 persons. In former times a lot of people didn't buy sets of 6 or 12. They got such spoons one by one as baptism or wedding gifts. And often they are from different makers although they have the same pattern. But the true reason is not important, your set is very pretty. With the silver content of 900 or 800 they could also made by a German factory.
Greetings, Johanna

Gypsy Fish said...

So sweet and simple just love those spoons...thanks for joining silver sunday, see you next month!

Gypsy Fish said...

So sweet and simple just love those spoons...thanks for joining silver sunday, see you next month!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What beautiful pieces of silverware. Simple patterns are often the best as they will go with so many different styles of dishes! I can just see your table set with this and lots of pretty pewter chargers!

Stop by and see my silver post if you get a chance!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Leann said...

Hi Joan

I didn't know there was a difference. So glad that you still have them in your family.