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Silver Plated Demitasse Teaspoons – SOLD

11 Mar

Vintage demitasse teaspoons

Vintage demitasse teaspoons

I knew that I had to have these teaspoons the moment I spotted them! Not only are they in excellent condition, with very few signs of wear, and beautiful to look at (I L-O-V-E those handles!), but I’ve also never seen this design of demitasse teaspoons before, which makes them extra special! I bought them in this little box (which is a bit worse for wear), but I’m not sure whether or not its original? Ordinarily there would be four separate slots for the teaspoons, not two – although the slots are deep enough to stack the spoons one-on-top-of-the-other, so perhaps that was the idea? But even if its not original, the box does a good job of protecting these teaspoons, so if you’re not going to use them everyday it’s probably a good idea to store them in it.

A wonderful set that I’ve been sorely tempted to hold onto!

Dimensions: Each teaspoon measures 11cm long

Price: R180 for the set

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Boxed Set of Cake Forks – SOLD

2 Mar

Silver plated EmEss cake forks in original box

Silver plated EmEss cake forks in original box

I’m not particularly well-versed in art nouveau design, but I’m fairly confident that that’s the style of this lovely set of boxed cake forks. The handles are highly decorative and reminiscent of some of the nouveau designs that were so popular in the early 20th century, with an emphasis on natural forms (floral motifs were a big hit over this period!) and curved lines. The forks themselves are in pretty decent nick for their years, but sadly the same can’t be said for the box – the satin lining is quite stained, and the faux leather covering is a bit worn on the corners, but at least the box has done a good job of protecting those lovely cake forks!

A very attractive set of silver plated forks that are going to make eating your favourite sponge cake that much more enjoyable!

Dimensions: Each cake fork measures approx. 13cm long

Price: R220 for the set

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Vintage Cutlery Set – SOLD

7 Jan

Set of vintage fish knives & forks

Set of vintage fish knives & forks

I was at somebody’s house the other day when they showed me their ‘bone-handled’ cutlery set, the handles on which looked identical to the handles on the set that we’re selling today. I said that I thought the handles were faux-bone, most likely made of a type of bakelite. They were devastated, which surprised me as the thought of bone handles completely terrifies me! So I really hope I’m right, and that these handles, which have a sort of uniform stripe running through them (which to me would be inconsistent with natural bone?) are in fact manufactured. But I suppose regardless of what the handles are made of, they’re still lovely to hold – and to look at! I just love the detail of the engraving in the silver-plated metal work, and unusually, the cuffs on these knives and forks are actually sterling silver, which I suppose makes them that much more fancy! As with most cutlery this age, there’s a fair amount of wear to the silver, but they’re still very attractive and perfectly functional. Now you just need to go out and find some tasty fish for your next dinner party – it’s probably the type of brain food we all need after our decadent and slovenly holidays!

Dimensions: Knives – 20cm long; Forks – 17.5cm long

Price: R180 for the set

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Silver Plated Snack Dish – SOLD

15 Dec

Silver plated glass snack dish

Silver plated glass snack dish

This isn’t the sort of item that I’d normally buy, and it had a much heavier price tag than I’m normally prepared to pay, but I think there’s something very special about it, so I was happy to break all the rules! There’s some minor wear to the silver plating (which would probably polish out), but it’s easy to see that this is a fantastic quality item, and one with great style – I just love the modernist shape of the silver frame – so sleek! And the glass snack bowls, which fit nice and snugly inside the frame, are in perfect condition.

I know that this isn’t something that you’re going to use every day, but when you do have guests around and want to do something special, you’re going to be so glad that you have something like this stashed away!

Dimensions: 30cm long x 13cm wide x15cm tall

Price: R220

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Silver Plated Cutlery – SOLD

11 Dec

Silver plated fish set

Silver plated fish set

This set of silver plated fish cutlery has seen a bit of action over the years (can you just imagine all the dinner parties these knives and forks have been to?!), but it’s still a very elegant set of cutlery. There’s something about the design that makes them stand out – the shape isn’t that dissimilar to other plated cutlery that we’ve sold, but the forks seem to be extra thick, and the design on the handles, although very simple, is also a bit different. And while the silver plating is quite scratched, the knives and forks still have a lovely shine too them, and would look so graceful on your dining room table!

Dimensions: Knives – approx. 19cm long; Forks – approx. 18cm long

Price: R240 for the set

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Silver Plated Cake Forks – SOLD

2 Dec

Vintage silver plated cake forks in original box

Vintage silver plated cake forks in original box

This is a very sweet little set of cake forks. They’ve been well used, but also well cared for – it’s unusual to find the original box is in such good condition! The silver plating is a bit tarnished, but not terribly so, and there’s a sweet little pattern around the edge of the fork handles.

Dimensions: Each fork measures 12.5cm long

Price: R120 for the set

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