Unfortunately I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. So I've had to buy my own.
Yes, it is a motley bunch. No, not real silver. Not remotely, as you can see. Although those rather fancy and really dirty pressed floral fruit spoons would quite like to pretend they are real silver, and they would at least respond nicely to a little rub with some Silvo.
My mother will have a fit seeing them here like this.These are possibly also the only spoons in my little collection that would deign to call themselves 'antique'. The others are definitely more in the 'vintage' category. Much as I might fancy stirling silver, and I do have a few heirloom pieces that I'm very sentimental about, the truth is that these perfectly imperfect vintage spoons are probably more my style.
I love their aged and worn patina. They are the workhorses of my cutlery drawer, especially the tablespoons - most loved, most used spoons in the drawer. And increasingly hard to find. The teaspoons are also in daily use. Give me a lovely old motley, mismatched collection like this any day over a cutlery set special.
Remember, a collection doesn't have to be fancy. It just has to be loved.