Here are some terms that might be helpful to you:
the Knives, forks and spoons.
Hollow ware is tableware that is hollow inside. It includes most everything that isn’t
flatware. Perhaps it is easier to think of it as serving pieces such as trays and bowls.
Open stock means that you can
purchase individual pieces separately
Place settings are preassembled sets. They usually come in sets of
5 pieces but can be larger. Often you get a serving set included if you buy multiple place settings. This can be helpful as
it usually includes a slotted spoon, meat fork, large serving spoon and sometimes a ladle for soups. You will need all of
these eventually and they can be expensive purchased separately.
The Basic 5 piece Place setting:
Salad or pastry fork
Place Spoon or Soupspoon
You will always need extra
teaspoons and salad size forks, as you will use that size for many different uses.
Coin silver. This is a
confusing term with varying interpretations. .925 sterling in England and .900 in the United States
A technique of fusing two or more different metals together that was developed in Sheffield England.
describes the result of putting a silver finish over a less valuable base metal. Developed in the 1920
originally made from tin and lead, which is why old pewter should not be used for food or beverage. Modern pewter is
made of tin, copper and antimony.
Sterling silver an alloy of silver and copper. In England .925 parts silver
in the United States it is .921 parts silver.
Stainless Steel is a steel alloy mixed with chromium to resist
Types of utensils found on a Victorian table:
Iced beverage (more modern than Victorian)
Ice cream spoon (sometimes
an ice cream fork)
Hot meat fork
Cold meat fork
Fish serving fork
Soft cheese server
Hard cheese server
Tongs of all shapes and sizes
of various sizes and shapes
Marrow fork and scoop (ugh)
Place card holders
Bon bon or nut server