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 31, 2010

Reprise -- An Old German

This was a post from October 27, 2009. The "old German" is still our everyday silver. I especially love the big soup spoons and in winter, we eat a lot of soups -- mostly every day for lunch and sometimes for dinner as well. For us, I don't mind handwashing a few pieces of silver.

An old German which was found at an estate sale last week in Kansas City. A set (for 12 in the original box!) of German silver -- a tablespoon, fork and knife.
It's made by A. Krupp Berndorf -- it says so on the back although when I bought it I couldn't read it (I was so anxious to purchase it because I knew -- just knew-- that it was special that I didn't take time to examine it with my reading glasses on!) But I thought they were European rather than American -- because of the size of the forks, knives and especially the spoons!
Each of the 36 pieces are engraved with flowery initials -- L and M. The forks on the back (for European custom sets the table with the tines down).

I knew there were great initials engraved on them . . . but in my hurry . . . . and so when I got to the car and found out that

a -- they were German (well, actually Austrian)

b -- they were engraved with my German grandmother's initials

I knew I had a true treasure.
They did polish up nicely and I spent the evening after we got back home on the internet and found the company but I could not figure out exactly WHEN this set was made. I'm thinking 1880's to turn of the century but perhaps I'm optimistic and they are not that old. The case, however, has seen better days . . . and since so many Germans immigrated to America in the 1880's and 1890's (as my grandfather did) it would seem logical that the set, perhaps, was a treasure that someone brought over from the old country.

It's truly a treasure here at Linderhof. I shall treasure it as much as the original owners did!
I think they set a handsome table. The tablespoon is large and so perfect for soup. It is a real soup spoon.

These are now our everyday cutlery. Who cares if I have to wash six pieces of silver after every meal -- feeling these wonderful pieces in my hand as I partake of a meal gives me a glow all over.

An unexpected treasure and a truly unexpected place and I might add for a really great price!

It's Sunday and I'm joining Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites and Beth at The Gypsy Fish for Silver Sunday.


Maureen said...

How wonderful that you plan on using your very special silver every day. Now that's the way to roll!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

What a lovely set of silver! Ohhh...and what are the chances that the monogrammed initials are the same as your Grandmother's? That is awesome! Like you, I love the big soup spoons! I prefer eating my soup with a larger soup...phooey with these tiny, dinky, american spoons! hehe! I'm so happy for you...what a treasure find!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful silver with us today for Sunday Favorites...such a treat!!!

Warmest winter wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

GardenOfDaisies said...

I don't think these beautiful pieces of silverware could have found a more appreciative new owner. I did not know that Europeans set their tables with the folk tine side down. I always learn such interesting things when I read your blog.

Deanna said...

These are lovely and I can see why you use them.
Happy Sunday to you and God bless!

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous set. They are beautiful and the initials are just lovely. Such a great find. Hugs, Marty

Jane said...

That is a great set of silver. It was meant to be with your grandmother's initials engraved on them. My family immigrated from Germany too...a little earlier in 1859. They settled in Weston, MO and a few years later moved up river to Atchison, KS where my parents still live today. Another historic town like Ft. Scott.
I really enjoyed reading about your silver find. You'll have to clue me in to these estate sales in Kansas City.

The Victorian Parlor said...

The set is lovely! I use silver for everyday use and wash them in the dishwasher. So far so good:). I think silver adds a touch of elegance to an everyday meal.



The Norwegian said...

I love the story of this estate sale "find". You must have been thrilled. It is heartwarming that you are using the silver daily, even enjoying holding the pieces in your hand! I can relate. You have a wonderful way of sharing. I'm an avid reader of Lines from Linderhof. Always like to see what you are up to. Very inspiring.


What a wonderful estate find! I love that way they are engraved and that you'll use them daily!
Have a wonderful SS

Cathy said...

What a treasure, Martha, and I agree that you should use them every day. I love the size of the spoon and the monogram on the back of the fork. What a lucky find.

Unknown said...

Nice treasure. Sometimes you just know.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

I love it! What a great story, and such beautiful silver. Love the monogram! You really have a treasure there. Linda

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

What a great find! And how lucky the initals are the same as your German grandmother! Thanks for sharing; the silverware is beautiful.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Wonderful. My grandmother's family came from Austria, but they were German. I take it that the German silver is larger...that is how it looks. Great find. Happy SS!

Lori E said...

Now that is serendipity to find your grandmother's initials on them.
Good for you that you use them everyday. Now they are even more special.

Diann said...

What an awesome find! I loved hearing the history behind this silver! I love that you use them everyday. I like to use all my finds. I think they are loved little treasures and should be used!

Marigene said...

How wonderful finding that extra special silverware, obviously meant for you, with your grandmother's initials. I don't mind hand washing the silver, either, so we use it very often.

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Truly a Treasure you found, Just Beautiful ~ EnJoy using them often....

Karen said...

I love your posting and will be back for sure.
You are one fortunate person to have happened on this old set of silver.
Ladybug Creek

Gypsy Fish said...

I just love the simplicity of these silver pieces....I am picturing a warm and cozy meal...ahhh! Thanks for being part of Silver Sunday....see you next week~
{{gypsy hugs}}

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Wonderful find!

*Ulrike* said...

What a true find!! I love old silver pieces like that! I once found two forks with our last name initial on it in a little out of the way hole in the wall place! Even though there were only two I could not pass them by.
Soups are always good and very filling too. Love all the recipes you give to us!


This set is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing. ~ Angela