20s silver plate

20s silver plate toast rack & tea strainerYeoman Plate toast rack made in England 1920s
Clarendon tea strainer made in Australia 1920s

Silver plated items- EPNS- have been out of favour for the last few years – [all that polishing needed! reminds one of one’s childhood when one spent days polishing the stuff] – but gradually it’s becoming collectible again: especially if it’s still functional or can be upcycled for a funky new purpose.

Both these items- toast rack and tea strainer- have fantastic 20s styling; very art deco. They are not part of a set- they were collected separately but they look as if they are. They are both somewhat tarnished but are still good for tea and toast – or – do what I do: use the toast rack as a letter holder. And Etsy is replete with upcycled tea strainers- made into jewellery or other frivolities.

Add instant glamour to your office with a silver plate letter holder. The set is for sale: $AUD55

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1920s silver teaspoons

Fleur-de-lis teaspoonsElkington + Co Fleur-de-lis teaspoons, made in Birmingham, England c.1920s

A set of six silver hallmarked teaspoons with a cut-out pattern of Fleur-de-lis in the handle. The Fleur-de-lis is a stylised lily (in French, fleur = flower, and lis = lily) that was often used as a decorative design with religious, political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic, and symbolic meaning, especially in French heraldry.

So what is the Fleur-de-lis doing on English teaspoons from the 1920s? Surely an anomaly? And what are these teaspoons now doing in Australia in 2014? The answer is – of course- the global village. Even in the 20s the makers knew about the zeitgeist.

I found these teaspoons in an out-of-the-way antique market: I travel to such places due to my real job as a landscape architect. Two birds: one stone.

The set of six teaspoons is for sale: $AUD60

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