18 October 2012

mismatched silverware

At work this week, we got in set upon set upon set of vintage silverware and I thought to myself that investing in old silverware might be fun. The idea that this silverware could have been used at holidays, at other special family get-togethers means that if this silverware could talk {can you imagine if it could?!}, it may have a story or two to tell. Where it had been, what food it had served, all kinds of other silverware-ish stories - you know those kinds of stories.

I noticed that there wouldn't be enough pieces to have a complete set with the same pattern. My inner Martha struggles so much with the idea of mismatched silverware. Continuity, cleanliness, purity - all ideas that old silverware does not possess, but surely what Martha values at her own dinner table. The other part of me, that rebellious, vintage-loving part of me, kind of loves the idea of having silverware that doesn't match. Let your silverware mingle with other silverware patterns, I say! You mismatch away, all you table setters.


  1. I love how vintage and shabby chic this look is. I definitely want to do this with my "grown up" silverware collection.

    The Glossy Life

  2. Love the mismatched look! Those are all so cute! I've always wanted a "set" of vintage mismatched tea cups :)

  3. I just saw a table setting for Christmas on Martha Stewart's site that had mismatched flatware; the knife, dinner fork, and teaspoon were one patter, but the salad fork was a different pattern. I've also seen mismatched silver for layouts in both Metropolitan Home, Southern Living, and Town and Country. If they can do it, anyone can! In fact, I've seen the comment that if all of your silver matches, it only announces that you didn't inherit anything.

    Not only can place setting pieces not match, but serving pieces, as well. A layout for Metropolitan home one month featured Wallace Grande Baroque flatware for the place settings, but some of the serving pieces were from other makers.