Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Reprise -- Coffee Anyone?

I love silver in any form and this post was originally from February 2008. I love this coffee service especially when it is all shiny and sparkling. It lives on the buffet in the dining room, ready to be used whenever we have lunch or tea. It's not a family piece but the hot water pot does have my initials on it. That was a lucky e-bay find!

The coffee service is an important part of any dinner party or luncheon. I often set it up on the sideboard -- a sterling coffee pot, sugar and creamer. A "scoop" of demitasse spoons -- some English, some American, some plate, some sterling and three precious Russian ones -- prerevolution.
The other parts of the silver service -- the tea pot, the spirit pot and the covered sugar bowl are put away. The cups are old, heritage unknown, bought at a garage sale in the city ages ago. I collect white china with gold rims. The cups are dainty almost eggshell thin. Each cup has the same set of initials on it in gold.

Coffee, it seems always tastes better when poured from a silver pot!

I'm joining Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites. Please visit her and see what other favorites are reprised this Sunday.

I'm also joining Beth at The Gypsy Fish for Silver Sunday. It's new but so much fun because there is so much beautiful silver out there. Visit and see what everyone's favorite silver looks like!


Lucy said...

What a beautiful tea service! I love the lines... quite unique! The china is very delicate and a good find for a yard sale. Elegant certainly doesn't have to be expensive, does it? Thanks for stopping by my Silver Hollowware Blog!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a beautiful silver coffee service, I love the shape and details of the pieces. The cups are stunning. So beautiful and delicate and what a great find. Hugs, marty

Jane said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful coffee service. Having a cup of coffee or tea from a silver pot does seem like it tastes better. Jane

Gypsy Fish said...

So far this morning I've had tea, bacon and eggs, soup and now coffee...I think I'm going to have to diet after this Silver Sunday..just gorgeous!
thanks for coming!...See you next Sunday!
{{gypsy hugs}}

The Muse said...

Treating ourselves with treasured finds, is a wonderful way to delight in our loved pieces...much more than just storing them away.
A most dainty set...with much elegance for a breakfast morn.

Happy to send you a hello from the Sunday Favs. group :)
May today be a blessing for you and your family.
The Muse

The Tablescaper said...

Beautiful service, certainly worthy of a reprise. The cups are outstanding. Wish we had a closer view!

- The Tablescaper

Unknown said...

Oh what a beautiful coffee service. Is it true, coffee tastes better in silver? I'll have to try that,'cause right now I can't stand the taste of coffee!

Unknown said...

Martha, what a beautiful coffee service. I would feel totally spoiled coming to visit at your house, if not a tad bit nervous to hold such precious cups!

Thanks so much for sharing and Happy Silver Sunday!


Pondside said...

I agree - coffee (and chocolate) taste better from a silver pot. I love the low gleam of polished silver on a sideboard. At Christmas I put the tea and coffe service onto my great-grandmother's tea cart and I rather like it there. I was making room for the nativity on the sideboard. I think I'll take this opportunity to re-stage the sideboard for a while. Change is good!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Thank you for your visit to my blog. I look forward to getting to know you. I just love the tea cups. They almost look like they could be Limoges, except, I do not think they every made any with initials. The silver set is beautiful. I could both silver and tea cups so you post was just up my alley. Blessing to you this week. Martha

Carole said...

Such a pretty service and yes I agree anything in silver tastes better to me too.


Hi, I agree with you...anything tastes and looks better when silver is part of the presentation! You tea tray is beautifully it.
Have a wonderful SS

Keetha Broyles said...

What I'm in love with is the set of gilded coffee cups and saucers! AND - - - they have MY initial on them!!!


Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh my ... sterling! I can count my sterling pieces on one hand, and that's with my fist closed. :-) I LOVE sterling silver -- nothing matches the incomparable warmth of its silver glow -- and your coffee pot is beautiful!

And that china? Exquisite. I don't think I've seen that before... are you holding out on me?

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Unknown said...

Very beautiful.

Unknown said...

Martha, I just saw one of these yesterday in one of my favorite junk shops...I'm going back to get it tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by and the kind words.

The Lazy Peacock said...

love all your pieces, but those cups with the initials are absolutely amazing!

Nancy Yoakum said...

I don't even own any silver! I do have some tea cups from Englad that I love and cherish. They make me feel extra special when I drink from them. My favorite cups though are Brambly Hedge. Love those books by Jill Barklem and the china is by Royal Daulton.


GwendolynKay said...

A beautiful and charming tea set. those mini cheesecakes look scrumptious!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Martha...

What a lovely silver coffee service...and you are absolutely right, coffee tastes sooo much better when served in silver! It also tastes better from a pretty china cup!!! Oooh, I do love these beautiful coffee cups and saucers! I just think that white and gold china looks so exquisite! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely coffee tray with us today for Sunday Favorites! I do believe that I'll have a cup of that coffee now! wink!

I do apologize at being so late to get by for a visit! We had to be out of town yesterday and I'm just now getting to the computer.

Warmest winter wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Unknown said...

I love your coffee service with the gold trim and scalloped edges. How gorgeous. I'll bet you just love having a chance to use it to serve coffee to friends and family.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Ok, you've shamed me into polishing my Grandmother's beautiful Wallace violet silverware, and her collection of silver souvenir spoons. And I'm happy you did. The spoons shine beautifully in their little spoon holder, and the silver sparkled at Sunday dinner.


Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Marigene said...

Lovely coffee service and the china is so beautiful!