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Wade Whiddon
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Hey all!

Not sure if this topic has come up elsewhere. I tried searching with no results.

Does anyone know is using antique, real silverware for everyday use is bad for your health?

Is stainless steel the best option still? The old utensils are just so rustic and have way more character.

Thanks!!
 
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It depends.

Some friends swear they got metal poisoning from their silverware. Other friends swear they are the best thing for their health, like getting colloidal silver with every bite.

They are probably both right, to an extent. It really depends on the quality of the silverware to begin with.
 
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Silver is used as an antibiotic in past and in the alternative medicine scene. I use colloidal silver for wounds and it works well as a mouth rinse when I am having issues with my teeth.
I also like real silverware because silver is used as an exchange in the place of fiat money. Real silverware is basically an investment in my opinion.
 
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i think you should be fine.
as mentioned, real silver is anti-microbial/biotic.

the term "born with a silver spoon in his mouth" refers to a time when the wealthy used silverware and the properties of the silver helped keep them healthy (think 'back in the black plague days' )

 
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Silver itself is good. The question is the purity of the silver and if the impurities are toxic.
 
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I dunno about you lot, but I've never seen cutlery that's got more than a thin layer of silver plate
over an alloy of some sort-generally nickel somethingorather.
I use stainless steel cutlery, although the oldschool stuff is much more my 'thing'.
I have no concerns about health effects,
but I can't stand the metallic taste of old cutlery where the silver's worn.

Off topic, but as a kid I made a massive pot of French onion soup.
Hours of slicing, caramelising, cooking.
When I tasted it, it was hideous.
If you've ever sawed through bone, that's what it tasted like.

I tipped it out, and at the bottom was a bone handled butter knife...
Beware the bone handled cutlery
 
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There are two kinds of old silverware. There is silver plate, and there is sterling silver. The sterling is usually stamped with an identifying mark. The plate will usually show signs of wear. Look at the rounded bottom of the spoon (or fork) where it will rest on the table. If the plate is worn, that is where you will see it.

The pure sterling silver is made of the same stuff as jewelry. It's good stuff, not likely to poison you.

Thekla
 
Wade Whiddon
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Awesome information people. Thanks!

Maybe it would be good to research a bit about the few different kinds and be able to determine which is which before one buys some.
 
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Wade Whiddon wrote:Awesome information people. Thanks!

Maybe it would be good to research a bit about the few different kinds and be able to determine which is which before one buys some.


Easily done, look on the back side of the flatware handle, if solid silver it will be stamped "Sterling"

If there is no mark as above, it is silver plated.
 
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