…well the obvious answer is that it helps us get our food to our mouths in style, but there’s more to it than that with antique cutlery. It has been somewhere before; it has brought food to the mouths of peasants and nobility and everyone in between. Opening a box of old cutlery is like finding buried treasure (even when you’ve ordered it as a job lot from Ebay:)
For someone who is looking to do some Uri Geller style fork bending, antique cutlery is also more malleable than modern stainless steel, allowing artisans to drill, curve and cut beautiful pieces, like bracelets, hooks, necklaces and other unique pieces.
From the large amount of flatware (cutlery) that I use, I would say that about 1/3 of it lands, polished and buffed in my cutlery drawer. Sometimes a spoon is just too pretty to take a pair of pliers to it. Of course, if you are using it again anyway, you’re still being good to the earth by not buying yet another new set of cutlery; spoons will inevitably gather down the back of sofa, inside the bedside cabinet or simple shuffle off to an alternative spoon dimension, so why not reuse something with a bit of history?
I found a beautiful collection of silver flatware in a local second-hand shop just last week. It’s sitting in my ‘maybe’ pile but most likely will be the sparkle on the table this Christmas…