Antique Silverware and Things to Do with It

A few weeks ago, I brought home a big box full of antique silverware.  If there was a legal limit of how much antique silverware one person can own, I’m pretty sure I’ve reached it, but I can’t resist myself.  If the price is right, it’s coming home with me.  I love things that were utilitarian, and used daily in homes, and they show the evidence of that use.  I sorted through all the pieces in the box, and grouped together similar pieces and listed them in my shop.  This set of 3 large spoons were every-day kinds of spoons – nothing fancy, but I love the heavy aging they show.
This set is a mixed lot of fancier large spoons.

This complete child’s knife, fork and spoon set was in the box.  The detail on it is just beautiful and I’m sure the child who owned it felt quite elegant using them.


There was a mixed lot of large serving forks.  Individually, they are all pretty, but grouping like things together, definitely packs more of a visual punch.


Here’s a mixed lot of pickle or olive forks.

There was also this pretty pair of serving tongs in the box.
There were only 2 ladles in the box, but I turned both of them into candle sconces.  I layered turquoise paint over the original paint on this piece of tongue and groove wood, then distressed it.
This is the rougher, reverse side of the same type of wood.  I love painting the rough side, because the rough-hewn side distresses wonderfully.

The rest of these projects with antique silverware, are all ones I’ve shared with you before, but perhaps some new readers haven’t seen them yet.  I’ve turned quite a few sets of silverware into magnets.  You do have to use very strong magnets, to hold the weight of the silveware.

This was a sign I created with some silverware last year.
One of my most pinned projects on Pinterest is my ironstone and silverware displays that hang in my kitchen.
Repurposed-Silverware-Flatware-Ironstone-Wall Display

I mounted this heavily-tarnished set on another piece of rough, painted wood for a small wall display.


Several years ago, I attached an old knife to the front of an upcycled wooden tote.

An of course, you can just put a bunch in an old pitcher for a simple, but pretty display.
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  1. I am sitting here staring at an old milk bottle filled with silverware inspired by what I have found here. I do pick up bags of silverware when I see them at a great price. You have trained me well, my friend!

  2. I just love your silverware fine dining sign and the silerware and plate displays in your kitchen.

  3. Angie … you are so creative with displays of the tarnished silverware pieces … my favorite is the spoons on the old board that you have in your kitchen under the ironstone plates display. Looks so good together.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  4. I always love to see what you’ll come up with!

  5. I really love how you have utilized the silverware and I think my favorite is the Fine Dining sign! Love it! I have quite a bit of old silverware that is currently just sitting in a drawer. I really need to get it out and do something with it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I love all of your pieces but your candle sconces are pure genius!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  7. I bring it home every time I see it too, but unlike you I’ve yet to make anything out of it.

  8. love it all! how did you get the silverware to adhere to the wood?


  9. I too pick up vintage silverware, just can’t seem to pass it up. Just love the sweet little child’s set, what a great find! The candle sconces out of ladles are terrific.

  10. Anonymous says

    I too love the great idea for the ladles!! Your pictures really make your projects pop. Love your blog

  11. Great Ideas.  I love to provide my Estate Sale community with reuse, re-purposing and up-scaling ideas to help them see treasures and opportunities in what they find at our Estate Tag Sales.

    Thanks for this article and your ideas. What you do is appreciated. 
    I shared it with my Estate Sale community on and Facebook at

    Keep the great treasure finds coming.

    Dennis Velco
    dcVelco Estate Sales

  12. Jaana Flaherty says

    You are so talented !! I love the “Fine Dining” sign and the one you posted below that with the heavy tarnished settings placed sideways. Adorable !!!!!

  13. mare williams says

    Thanks to your wonderful ideas, I recently turned one of my old ladles into a candle holder, too! I love how it came out, and so did my husband!! Another old piece of wood I found on our farm was turned into a decorative piece to hang on the wall…I love it too!! I sure appreciate the time and effort you put into your blog, Angie!!

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