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Your silver tea service

Old Feb 22, 16, 2:00 pm
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Your silver tea service

When was the last time you

(1) Used it for service?
(2) Polished it?
(3) Dusted it?
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Old Feb 22, 16, 2:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Eastbay1K View Post
When was the last time you

(1) Used it for service?
(2) Polished it?
(3) Dusted it?
(4) Don't own one and have no interest in doing so.
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Old Feb 22, 16, 2:16 pm
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(4) Don't own one and have no interest in doing so.
My what? Was my response.
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Old Feb 22, 16, 5:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Eastbay1K View Post
When was the last time you

(1) Used it for service?
(2) Polished it?
(3) Dusted it?
(4) Pawned it?
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Old Feb 22, 16, 7:03 pm
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Your silver tea service

That's what you get on a British Airways flight in first class, right?
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Old Feb 22, 16, 8:14 pm
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This was one of the hallmarks of PAA first class service.
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Old Feb 23, 16, 4:41 am
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Originally Posted by Eastbay1K View Post
When was the last time you

(1) Used it for service?
(2) Polished it?
(3) Dusted it?

Ours was a gift when we married over a decade ago. We've never used it for service, nor polished or dusted it, though my mother has been known to do both on her annual visit.

We keep it displayed in our dining room cabinet. It really is beautiful
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Old Feb 23, 16, 11:05 am
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Polish my own Tea Service? Of course not. That's what the help is for.
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Old Feb 24, 16, 9:53 am
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Inherited one. Never used it. Silver is hopeless for tea as, even with a tea cosy, the teapot gets cold too quickly.
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Old Feb 24, 16, 10:53 am
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At home, I believe it's the under butler or footman who polishes it. I don't go below so I'm really not sure.
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Old Feb 24, 16, 11:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Eastbay1K View Post
When was the last time you

(1) Used it for service?
(2) Polished it?
(3) Dusted it?
Silver, darling, really?

So not our sort thing. The antique porcelain sets produce a far better cup, and they don't need polishing. Of course, one must supervise the staff* closely to make sure it doesn't get chipped due to careless handling when washed.

As to when we last used one, well, this morning, of course.



*how a teenager who is required to do the dishes perceives himself
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Old Feb 29, 16, 7:42 am
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Your silver tea service

Just thinking the same thing - must polish tea service and ice cream forks (this is a thing).
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Old Feb 29, 16, 9:28 am
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Silver, darling, really?

So not our sort thing. The antique porcelain sets produce a far better cup, and they don't need polishing. Of course, one must supervise the staff* closely to make sure it doesn't get chipped due to careless handling when washed.
Yes, really. I've been waiting for the butler to polish it, but he's failed to show up for work for the decade I've been in this house.
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Old Mar 3, 16, 4:06 pm
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Yes, really. I've been waiting for the butler to polish it, but he's failed to show up for work for the decade I've been in this house.
From the time I was about 6, it was my job to help Dad polish the silver. Every year the weekend before Thanksgiving we'd polish the whole lot of it, a task which took about 5 hours. I was quite glad my mother left the tea service to my nephew. I have very little silver, preferring Lenox, Delft and various Bavarian porcelains.
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Old Mar 6, 16, 12:09 pm
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It was my job to hand wash the "silver" ware my mom got from collecting those little coupons. Not because it was especially delicate, but because we didn't have a dishwasher!
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