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What to do with Grandma's silver?

by Rayford Dietz (2020-07-20)

The McDewells
Most of that silverware is engraved "McD" (for McDewell), so it actually was my grandmother's parents silver. The pattern dates on some of it is 1892 and the rest is 1905, so they must have bought it after those dates. They (her parents) were married in 1888 and my grandmother was born in 1889 and married herself by 1911, so plainly they bought some of it not long before their daughter started her own family. I do not know when they gave it to her.

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My kids don't want much of it, and probably not the grandkids, either. The two old enough to care are boys, and I don't think they have the same sense of family history; the two girls are not yet old enough to give a hoot--one being in high school, the other in elementary school.

If you don't care for the pattern that much and don't want to use it, select a seving piece or two to keep in memeory of your loved one. Then find someone in the family who likes the pattern and will use the silver on a daily, or at least weekly, basis.

My Mother in law just polished the silver. We do use it albeit I would never invest in it. I love the history but oh, the maintenance. My high end Christophe stainless is my favorite but alas it is family tradition. Love this post.

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It's interesting to try to discover the origins of vintage keepsakes. It's sad that you can't ask your grandparents anymore. I wonder if some dealer might be able to identify the markings, but I am sure you went that route. Anyway, this was an interesting family story.

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