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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

From Dark to Bright

Friend Shirley Ann and I went to the city today.     We had a great time at several Thrift Stores.    Sometimes you find treasures, sometimes not . . . . 

And at one today, I found --

This small silver pot.    Bought because I thought I needed a silver pot for the breakfast coffee.  Not Thrift Shop cheap because Thrift Stores are not as cheap as they once were.    But not a bad price.    But black.   I tried to rub on it to see if it would polish up but I had no luck!    So I took a chance.

For most of my silver polishing I like Hagerty's.    It leaves a nice shine on the silver and something in the polish keeps the silver from tarnishing quite as quickly.

But . . . sometimes there are bits of stubborn tarnish.     That's when I turn to this product

Maas Silver Polish.     It polishes and polishes well, can be bought locally and is reasonably priced.   I always keep a tube on hand.

The Maas turned that little black coffee pot into

This shining silver pot which will be perfect to hold our morning coffee.     And there is nothing so elegant as morning coffee poured from a silver pot.

A little bit of money and a lot of elbow grease and I have a pretty new pot for our morning coffee!

And it's inaugural breakfast!     The Johnson Brothers Indies (now our breakfast dishes), the German silver (now our everyday cutlery -- it has my German grandmother's initials on it -- perhaps?) and our everyday linen napkins. 

It pours like a dream, silver always keeps beverages hot hot hot and it lends a bit of elegance methinks to the breakfast table.      And the most important thing, I do have a nook to tuck it in when it's not in service!     There was the perfect spot in the breakfast room sideboard that was just right for that size pot!

And breakfast this morning?    Cheese omelets, toast, tomato juice and coffee with real cream.  I have the perfect omelet pan for one -- just like the little ones you often see at buffet brunches or hotels that offer made to order omelets for breakfast.     And it's nice to have an omelet for one rather than part of a bigger omelet -- looks better on the plate -- a whole not a half!

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Connie said...

Stunning! A treasure, indeed!

Sandra said...

The difference is amazing. Very beautiful and elegant for morning coffee.

Seaview said...

Wow ..I'll have to find that polish .. I have some very old silver pieces that I thought were hopeless. Looks fantastic !

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Nice coffee pot! Wow, you did get her all shined up, I'll have to look for some of that stuff for my silver plate.

Anonymous said...

That coffee pot is gorgeous! Love your blue and white also.

Anonymous said...

Love the coffee pot!...amazing how well it cleaned up.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a transformation!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Well that turned into quite a shining star! What a pretty piece. I'm glad you cleaned it up- some people like to leave them tarnished which drives me crazy! Your breakfast dishes are pretty- love the pattern.

Michelle said...

Looks great with your blue and white! Will keep an eye out for that polish.

Rosie M. said...

Wow! I can't believe how that precious pot turned out! Beautiful! Love your blue and white dishes as well. Thank you for sharing! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

Pat said...

WoW. . .the transformation photo of bright and shining is amazing, dear friend!!
Love this new find!!!