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The problems of the not-actually-very-rich: We rather suddenly inherited several generations of silver service pieces, coming down to me as the only child of an only child of a child of a small family whose patriarch did *just fine* during the Depression, and apparently used "those tough economic times" to pick up some deals.

Much of it is pure silver, in many cases, but it's also, like... you know... pure silver serving trays. Whee? We don't really want to try to impress our guests with silver serving dishes and fine china, so... uh... it's a bit unclear as to what to do with it all. Get it appraised, I suppose, and so I am not complaining, I am just not sure what to actually *do* with this stuff.

I can't imagine serving on it - nothing will suck the heat out of your food like silver can - pretty as it is, it's the heat-transferringist metal around, so if you want your guests to enjoy your food warm, instead of being impressed at how rich you are, you're way better off with plain ol' crockery.

I hope somebody wants this stuff, but... maybe it's better if it's just melted down for the silver. It might do a lot more good than what it's been doing sitting in my grandmother's cabinet for the past 30 years.

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dogofthefuture
Sep. 29th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
Yep, that is what is going to happen.
dlayiga
Sep. 27th, 2010 08:46 am (UTC)
it's mostly depression era stuff? if you have anything pre 1900, i might be interested.
dogofthefuture
Sep. 27th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Dunno, dlay. We're going to do the research, not actually melt it down. Heh.
seal_clubber
Sep. 27th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
I, too, was going to suggest eBay as an alternative to simply melting everything down.

I have a set of Royal Doulton china I inherited from my grandfather which has never been used by me, nor is it likely to be. It is entirely too fine and delicate and absolutely florid. I have no other way to describe other than to say it looks like Old People china. I will use it when I am 90.

I also have a sterling silver pizza cutter that we got for a wedding present, which is another one of those "am I actually ever going to *use* this?" kind of things.
dogofthefuture
Sep. 27th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
"We must give them something silver! But what, oh what, can we afford?" Heh.
essentialsaltes
Sep. 27th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Check for makers marks and dates. They may have been bought in the Depression, but could be older. And google your way to a little research, to see whether appraisal is warranted.

It doesn't sound as though there are many close cousins, but if there are others in your family who may be more sentimentally attached to it, foist in on them. Otherwise, get it sold if it has no particular value or use to you. Ebay, silvershop, antique shop, pawn shop. Whatever.
dogofthefuture
Sep. 27th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we were planning to do the research, not actually melt it down. It's just a bit of a daunting prospect.
travspence
Sep. 27th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
I actually like silver eating utensils because they quickly get to be the same temperature as the food and I find that pleasing.

That being said, the only silver items I own are a salt and pepper set shaped like rocket ships that my mom gave me.
rawdogue
Sep. 28th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
Is there no one in your family who might be more sentimental about these things?
dogofthefuture
Sep. 29th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
None other than me. Even my Grammy didn't usually use these things, since she was a pretty good cook and wanted people to enjoy her food. She took the silver she wanted - candlestick holders, serving pieces and the like, but stored the rest of it and charged her only child with preserving it all in the family, which means that since my mom died young, it's all mine. My only escape from all this silver is eBay or death. I'm going to do my best to go with the former.
jodea
Sep. 29th, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
Researching it shouldn't be so hard. When I was selling antique silver jewelry for my mom, I found it very easy to just google maker's mark details and find tons of information.

You could always put an ad in the pennysaver, ya know. =P
dogofthefuture
Sep. 29th, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
I guess I should have made it more clear that we will, by all means, research every single piece. I really don't want to melt it down. I just felt a bit overwhelmed since we had to suddenly take in so much stuff literally the *day before* we were going to sell a bunch of stuff to *get rid of a bunch of stuff.*

It's like when you're doing dishes after a big party, and you've managed to clear a bit of space on the counter, and then suddenly someone comes in with another giant pile of dishes. Now, I'm okay with washing dishes, I actually sort of enjoy it sometimes, but... that's just rude. And that's how I felt, even though what was being dropped on me was basically wealth. But it was wealth that I don't, yet, understand how to deal with.
jodea
Sep. 29th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
I was totally clear on that and was being a jackass, and was assuring you it is not as hard as it may seem.

but... I GET IT, YOU'RE NOT MELTING IT!!!!!!

Which is a damned shame because you should totally have it melted down and made in to apocalyptic fashions for the entire family!
dogofthefuture
Sep. 29th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
Well, actually, I *was* considering melting it all and selling *most* of it, and thus having both a dental plan AND dental materials for my child.
dogofthefuture
Sep. 29th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
Also, P.S., uh, I wasn't mad at you. I got it, I really did, the part where you were just joking around. :)
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dogofthefuture
Oct. 3rd, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
You kid, and yet we're actually considering it. Heh.
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