Archive for December, 2012

1980.147x-no dish

This week’s mystery object was used to warm plates on the hearth  in the late 1700s-early 1800s. It was used by the Nathaniel Barrell family of York. I personally think this is a great idea!

Read Full Post »




These name plates once adorned the lids of coffins. Initially a sign of wealth, they became more commonplace in the mid 19th century. As they became more common a trend of removing them from the coffins by loved ones prior to burial became popular.

The second example, belonging to Olive Hutchins, was given to the Museums of Old York by home owners who found it while digging in their garden! Neither Olive’s  nor her husband’s gravesite is known, although the family did own that particular piece of property throughout the 1800s. This has lead to speculation that the garden might be located in the old Hutchins family cemetery.




Read Full Post »


This little silver plated spoon was used for scooping bonbons. This highly collectible “Coronation” flatware pattern was introduced by Community Plate in 1936 to commemorate the crowning of Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII of England, who abdicated the throne for his true love, Wallis Simpson.


(The backside of the bonbon spoon is stamped “Community Plate”)

Oneida was founded by John Humphrey Noyes in upstate New York in 1848. The Oneida Community began producing silver-plated flatware in 1899 using the “Community Plate” mark. The founding of Oneida is unique in that it began as a commune. The Oneida community shared work and property equally with all of its members, producing silverware, animal traps and silk items. Beliefs included the sinlessness of its members and the practice of “complex marriage” (you will have to check that out on your own!) The commune failed in 1879, but the business-side continued. Currently known as Oneida Ltd., it is one the largest marketers of stainless steel flatware in the United States.

Read Full Post »