This week’s featured items are all Hollowware.
Cool word, eh!
Hollowware- Metal ( Silver or Silver-plated) Tableware that is hollow or concave, such as sugar bowls, creamers, coffee pots, teapots, soup tureens, servers, water jugs, platters, butter plates, and other items that are used as serving pieces on the table. (Silverware, or flatware, is not Hollowware)
While a cup or bowl might be very obviously considered hollowware, other items are a bit harder to define. However, things like candle holders are hollowware (they Hold candles) , trays and platters, napkin rings and even soup ladles can be included in this grouping. The EPNS bottle holders pictured above might not be seem to be hollowware, but since they were made to Hold glassware, either bottles, glasses or even votive holders, they do fit the definition.
All of these items are also silver plated. Silver plating has been used since the 18th century to provide cheaper versions of household items that would otherwise be made of solid silver. The earliest method of silver plating was Sheffield Plate. Thin sheets of silver are fused to a layer or core of base metal. Electroplating and other newer methods for plating were introduced in the 19th century. Many of these vintage items, of whichever plating method, are highly collectible today, as well as still being quite attractive.
I have more items of this sort coming, but here are today’s featured listings:
Silver Plated Sugar Bowl w/ Lid & Ornate Pineapple Finial: Paul Revere Reproduction Oneida Silversmiths ~ $10.00
Sweet little silver plated footed sugar bowl with pineapple finial on the lid. Marked: Paul Revere/Reproduction/Oneida Silversmiths
It is in fine condition, with no deep scratches or other flaws. I have lightly polished but it could be cleaned up more. The bowl is 2 inches deep. Add another 1 1/2 inch to top of finial. Top diameter is 4 inches. Very Pretty! Nice addition to shabby, cottage or farmhouse kitchen. Lovely displayed in a china cabinet or hutch.
Two antique silver (EPNS- Electroplated Nickel Silver) probably bottle holders for bar set. Ornate holders made by Apollo EPNS for Bernard Rice Sons Inc. in early 1920s. Lovely pierced silver in an art deco style. Condiment, bottle, glass, etc. holder. These two holders have been lightly cleaned and polished. They are in very nice condition. Still some tarnish/patina. Might be able to be removed if desired. Some corrosion and heavy tarnish in bottoms (shown in photo on listing page) from moisture I assume. Larger holder is 3 inches in diameter at top and just over 3 1/2 inches tall. Smaller is 2 inches in diameter and also just over 3 1/2 inches tall. Great addition to a vintage bar!
Tarnished/Patina serving ware vintage silver plated cream and sugar bowl and pitcher. Ornate footed design. Lid for sugar bowl. Very pretty. This set would be lovely polished— or looks quite nice as is. These silver plated servers would compliment kitchen or dining room in shabby or cottage style setting. No maker’s mark that I can find. Both pieces are about 3 inches in diameter and 3 inches tall including feet. Lid adds an additional 1 1/2 inches or more to sugar bowl height. Nice overall condition.
To Polish—Or Not to Polish?
Most of these silver plated pieces are heavily tarnished when I find them. Not only are they vintage, most have sat on shelves or in storage for varying amounts of time. And this is Florida!
Heat + Humidity (Silver tuns Black)
To my eye, they are lovely either way, and I know that my quick polish will be a transient thing at best. I have a couple of much larger pieces to post soon, and I just can’t decide whether to tackle them with the polish or not.
Please help me by weighing in..
I would be most grateful.
Until next time…
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