Linderhof


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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.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Reprise -- Polishing Silver



This post was originally done on December 2, 2008. As the year turned from 2009 to 2010, I find myself tackling cleaning chores that were neglected in the hustle and bustle of Christmastime. Polishing silver is a chore that got postponed until January. But December entertaining at Linderhof was sparse so if the silver didn't shine quite so much, it didn't matter.

I love to share previous posts with you so please join Chari at Happy to Design for her Sunday Favorites and see what everyone else considers their favorite!

Silver shines and glows at Linderhof -- whether a silver tray on the coffee table, the silver coffee set in the dining room or some silver candlesticks in the breakfast room. I'm pleased to join Beth at The Gypsy Fish for her second Silver Sunday. Please see what other shiny silver favorites are there.



Even though it needs polishing and attention, we do love our silver. We always pour coffee from the silver coffeepot whenever we have company. The smaller after dinner pot is used whenever we use the small demi tasse cups for after dinner coffee.

It is a chore to polish silver but I have always enjoyed household chores which includes polishing the silver and the copper.
My favorite silver polish is by Seeds, a British firm that I used to buy at Restoration Hardware. They still sell it but it is under their own label. In my opinion it is the best!
From the silver tea and coffee services to the silver trays which I adore, there is a lot of silver at Linderhof. A cold fall afternoon, with carols playing, is a good time to make sure that the silver is bright and shiny for holiday entertaining.

24 comments:

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Love all your silver! Beautiful polished or unpolished!

have a wonderful Sunday!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I just got out the silver coffee and tea service that was put away to make room for holiday decorations. Lots of polishing was needed but what a beautiful reward.

Your have some lovely silver pieces!

Gayle (GardenofDaisies) said...

You have beautiful pieces! I do love gleaming silver, although I can't say I enjoy the task of polishing. I like pewter and hammered aluminum pieces too, because it gives me that silver color without needing to be polished. But they are not nearly as refined as silver.

Alicia said...

Isn't is funny how we enjoy certain cleaning jobs. I hardly ever clean silver, but I love washing dishes. It's just so therapeutic so have my hands in soapy, warm water and get things clean! I know...I'm weird...lol.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh those trays with the gorgeous sides on them! I love those. I'm going to be on the lookout for one similar to those. laurie

Pondside said...

Silver, copper and brass - isn't it satisfying to get them to a state of gleaming? I'll be hosting a baby shower in two weeks, and the tea service has to sparkle!

Crafty Gardener said...

What a lot of work cleaning all that silver, but it is worth it in the end.

La Table De Nana said...

It's something I do because of my mother:)~

Your product looks great..I had read about MAAS and finally got some..Can't say it's my favorite..Hagerty used to be....Your silver sparkles:)

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

What a gorgeous tea and coffee set! It's fantastic that you use it and not only have it on display! I love your trays too!

Happy Silver Sunday!

Hugs,
Julia

Gypsy Fish said...

It's silver polishing meditation....tanks for joining the party so glad you did!
See You Next Sunday......
{{gypsy hugs}}
Beth

RainGardener said...

What gorgeous silver you have. It must be a job to keep it nice looking year round.

Maggie B said...

Hi,
I'm not that keen on polishing silver, but will look out for the silver polish you mentioned next time I visit home in the UK.
Thanks for the tip.
Maggie

The Victorian Parlor said...

Your silver is beautiful! I use my silver daily and have found myself collecting more of it thoughout the years. I use my silver tea service when entertaining and a few silver teapots for daily use (I brew my hot tea everyday with loose leaf teas:). Here in the Lowcountry the high humidity makes silver polishing more frequent but I can honestly say that I have always enjoyed polishing silver:).

Blessings,

Kim

Crystal said...

First off, Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was going to post a silver pot, but it really needed polished. I wanted to know what was a good product.
Second, your silver is absolutely lovely. I don't have near that size of a collection.

How do you tell if something is silver or silverplated, when antiquing?

Great post!

Gypsy Brocante said...

I can tell your silver is well loved ... the trays and coffee service are gorgeous!
xo
Jill

Sharlotte said...

What pretty pieces! I too love to see my silver all shiny and polished. However, I've seen blogs with tarnished pieces and that's pretty too! I really like it all!

Linda K. said...

Your trays are absolutely beautiful and different from the average ovals and rounds. The diamond lattice is what give your trays charm! Beautiful silver collections!

Linda

Chari said...

Hi Martha...

Oooh...what a fabulous post to share with us for Sunday Favorites!!! I just love silver...anything silver! Hehe! Your tea and coffee silver set is just gorgeous!!! Ohhh...and I love those beautiful ornate silver trays!!! What a sweet treat to get to see some of your fabulous collection!!! Thank you for joining in with Sunday Favorites again this week, my friend!!!

Hope that you're having a wonderful weekend!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Chari said...

Ooops...just lil' ol' me again! Just wanted to thank you for the tip about the Seeds silver cleaner...that's good to know!

Chari

Sonia said...

Your silver trays are just beautiful! Hope you are having a great New Year! Miss Bloomers

Carrie said...

You have such beautiful silver pieces.

I love polishing.... see the the shine re-appear.

Lyneen said...

thanks for stopping by my birthday post! I meant to comment on your silver yesterday! I got caught in the windows and forgot. I love the trays. Hope you had a great silver Sunday.

FILIGREE MOON said...

Such beautiful silver. Kudos to you for polishing to shiny goodness! ~ Angela

lindaraxa said...

Must try that polish..always looking for ways to simplify that task...perhaps a butler is the way to go....