Stainless Steel Flatware...
The Workhorse of the Kitchen Table
Mid Century Modern Stainless Steel Steak Knife and Carving Set
Then, a sharp liquidator pointed me into the kitchen. She said "you know, this stainless is quite valuable". She showed me a set of Dansk Fjord. It was service for 8 with serving pieces. I immediately said no, I couldn't sell that! She talked me into it. At the time I was selling on that on line auction site. My set of stainless flatware got over 20 bids and I made a nice profit from the purchase. Well, let me tell you, I was hooked.
Vintage Oneida Stainless Steel Flatware Melissa Pattern
Reference material is limited on stainless steel and I've learned by trial and error. In 1998 Replacements published a comprehensive pattern guide to stainless steel flatware. To the best of my knowledge it is no longer being published. I'm guessing Replacements would have some copies to sell. It has been an invaluable source for me as I've matched 100's of patterns and sold 1,000's of pieces.
Oneida Betty Crocker Patrick Henry 11 Seafood Cocktail Forks
Stainless steel is sturdy and it can go in the dishwasher. It polishes nicely using a quality stainless polish. Most patterns had many serving pieces and lots of extras like ice tea spoons, butter knives and demitasse spoons.
And, if you think about it, stainless steel is what most of us grew up with. It's what brings back great memories of mealtime and conversations around the kitchen table.
About the Author
Carolyn O'Bayley is one of the founders and an active member of Got Vintage Shops. She and her husband Tom have two wonderful shops:
Cobayley Vintage Jewelry Antiques Collectibles on Ruby Lane
Cobayley Plaza on Ruby Plaza.