Every post-war bride wanted a piece of the “good life”, and for many that meant what my mother used to call a “canteen” – a beautiful box filled with silver cutlery. Sterling was the ultimate status symbol, but silver plate was very desirable.
One of the most popular (and most advertised!) new patterns in 1950 was “Daffodil”, made by 1847 Rogers Bros., a cutlery manufacturer originally out of Hartford, Connecticut.
Today, most brides want practical stainless steel, because it can go into the dishwasher, doesn’t tarnish and can be easily replaced if a piece is lost. What fascinates me is how perceptions of the “good life” have changed! Silver is still beautiful, doesn’t take a lot of care and has a wonderful sparkle that stainless can’t match. If you have your silver – either sterling or plate – tucked away in plastic bags, why not get it out and use it?
And if you don’t own any silver cutlery, come and see this beautiful set for eight, in an elegant butterscotch tarnish-resistant Arborite canteen that will look delightful on your buffet! It’s priced at $225.