A napkin ring, a cream pitcher, a vase, scissors, spoon and nut pick…they all have a purpose. But do they have more than one purpose? Sure do.
Take this tiny little pewter Viking salt spoon for example. It is marked “TPB” which indicates it is Tinn Pewter made in Norway. The design is a Viking Shield pattern. This originally was part of a salt cellar / salt spoon set as the backround shot in the photo below is the salt cellar that was part of this set. What is curious is that this spoon was made with a small hole at the top, as if it were made to hang. I don’t know what the intent was, but it looks great hanging on a necklace. This item can be found at my Etsy shop here:
And what about that creamer that sits in the cupboard or on the buffet and seldom gets much use? How about using it as a vase? I think this C. Rogers & Bros. aesthetic silver plate creamer from the mid 1880’s looks wonderful in its new role. It can be found at:http://www.etsy.com/listing/99681215/c-rogers-bros-aesthetic-silver-plate
Speaking about seldom used silver plate…what about those nutpicks? How often do you eat shelled nuts anymore? When I was a young girl we always had a bowl of nuts on the table and those nut picks got a lot of use. But not anymore, for me at least. How about using those nut picks as olive picks? They certainly can class up a drab martini and are sure to impress your friends…they’ll be flocking to find nut / olive picks of their own. My Rogers Bro. silver plate nut picks in the 1871 “Persian” pattern can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/99448146/two-silver-plate-nut-picks-rogers-bro
And who says you can’t run with scissors? You can run with these vintage safety scissors dangling from a leather necklace around your neck and no harm will come to you. If you’re a day care or kindergarten teacher, work in a craft shop or as a seamstress, even if you’re just a cut-up, they sure would be an attention getter! They can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/102130573/running-with-scissors-necklace
One last mention of that silver plate that seldom gets used…do you have napkin rings that fall into that category? You only pull them out when you have a formal dinner, right? Well, how about using them during the holidays as holders for round ornaments. Can you imagine how great they would look on your mantel reflecting candlelight among boughs of evergreens? My antique Meriden Britannia silver plate napkin ring sweetly inscribed “Pa” can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/106053832/antique-meriden-britannia-silver-plate
And who says a vase necessarily has to hold flowers? How about holding kitchen utensils instead? This mid-century white vase that was made in Japan proves that point and can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/63856799/mid-century-vase-modern-white-glazed
And it never ends….