Wednesday, July 25, 2012

vintage goodies

I thought it might be fun to share my mom's vintage flatware collection, spoon rack and salt box with you today. These must have been around when I was little but I don't remember them until we moved shortly before I turned ten.  Sometime thereafter, I know they were ever present, hanging in our kitchen.  My mom loved them all so. 

Oh! I just had a thought. They would have belonged to my mom's mom until she passed away and then my mother inherited these family keepsakes. That's why I have no early memories of them. DUH! 

I'm embarrassed to say that I've only been really paying attention and examining them this week. What treasures they are! 

Almost all the vintage flatware is sterling.  Two are souvenir spoons from Redwood Falls, MN where my mothers maternal family had quite a presence long ago. Six pieces were made in Sweden, the birthplace of my fraternal great grandparents - so they were brought from the "old country". I cannot tell you how much that delighted me to see Sweden on the back of them, as I had found nothing belonging to my fraternal great grandparents up to this week.  YIPPIE!  A couple bear a known family monogram - there are other initials too but I haven't a clue who they belonged to???

And one has an enameled flower on it ... so much fun.

I'm assuming the spoon rack and salt box are from the 1950's - my mother decorated in the Early American style of the day - perhaps they are earlier but I am 99.99% sure that they are not later.

 souvenir spoons from Redwood Falls, MN

six pieces from Sweden

an enameled Lily, so enchanting

Joining in on all the Vintage Thingie Fun with Suzanne at Colorado Lady here.


  1. Sally, those are so pretty. I love those spoons and to think they were from where your Grands came from in Sweden. Doesn't it make you feel closer to your Mom when you have these things around? I know when I look at stuff from my Mom it makes me feel good. We saw the Artist on video last week and I just loved it. Hubby fell asleep though. I wondered if you'd seen it yet. Let me know what you thought.Have a great Wednesday!

  2. What a wonderful collection of spoons, etc. Family pieces are so special! How nice to have some from Sweden. I haven't seen many! The enamel lily is lovely!
    Thanks for visiting and happy VTT!

  3. lovely silverware! Sweden pieces are my favorite!

  4. The spoons are really sweet! I love the MN one (of course) :)
    and the enamel one is so beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing!

  5. I really like the little pickle forks I like how ornate the handles are

    There is nothing like having our Mom's things . I have so many wonderful things I just love now, of my own things and wonder if my daughters will want any of it someday ?


  6. I really enjoyed your post. Do not see many featuring silverware. Great idea. I have my mother's. Better get it out and do a post later on.

  7. Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous and special vintage SPOON collection..they're all so lovely specially the enameled one! I love the pretty rack that holds them and displayes them perfectly! The tea spoons I have in the creamer under a cloch are vintage, they were from my mother's First Communion, back than when she was 7 years old, she is now 82. They're a dozen and my brother has another dozen. Yeah, cloches are fun to display anything under them. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, it put a smile on my face.

  8. These are so beautiful! I love vintage silver and these are so special because of the family history involved - just wonderful!