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Episode 407 - The Nik Nak
Silver Plate
A silver favorite...
A Sunday antique market is a perfect place to pick up reasonably priced items for entertaining, gifts, and otherwise. Joined by my friend Joan Sternthal, antique collector, we took a trip to our local market and began the fun activity of antique hunting. As we explored the different booths, Joan shared her thoughts with me on the kinds of fabulous finds, which are featured at a weekly flea market.

We found ourselves being drawn to a glistening table of silver pieces: serving pieces, trays, and bowls. When purchasing silver at a flea market, Joan pointed out that she likes both sterling and silver-plated.

Silver-plated items can be quite beautiful and intricate and are less expensive than sterling. Joan pointed out a beautiful silver plated bowl and she explained that in terms of looking for hallmarks, the English silver pieces always have them, and that the Americans typically mark their silver by the company. On the bottom of one of the bowls, we noticed that it said 'Birks'. It also said 'E.P.N.S.' which tells you that it was silver-plated.

There are many uses for sparkling silver pieces. Not only do they look great, but also they are perfect containers for candy, nuts, sauces, or even tiny flower arrangements!

Courtesy: Joan Sternthal, Joan Sternthal Antiques; Toronto, ON (416) 410-6501

Courtesy: The Sunday Market, St. Lawrence North Market: 92 Front Street East; Toronto, ON (416) 410-1310