Friday, November 12, 2010

Antique Silver Tankards ~


You know how much I love silverplate... 
I can't seem to get enough! 

I'm especially fond of Antique Silver Water pitchers... 
These lidded beauties are generally called Tankards!


Ornate etching of flowers and nature 
can make my heart skip a beat....

{you can click on any picture to enlarge detail}


Stunning details...
just look at this lid....


The handle and spout have a raised floral pattern...


This water tankard has a seashell pattern around the rim... 




The body of this pitcher is rather simple 
but elegant none the less..


The handle is beautifully ornate 
and a nice contrast against the plain body...


By far, my favorite is the Victorian tankard shown above...
It's marked "Quadruple Plate" silver.

I did a bit of research on "Quadruple Plate" and found a few discrepancies as to its meaning. Some silver experts believe there are four layers of silver plate on the silver piece. However, other's believe that a single plating used 4 times as much 'pure silver' in the process.  The term "Quadruple Plate" was not used after about 1900. So, if you have a piece marked Quadruple Plate, you know it's very old.


The spout is beautiful....



As is the body of the tankard...

I have never polished this piece
I simply love the dark patina that comes with time...



The inside is porcelain or enamel...


Some rust and a few bumps and bruises inside...

Imperfections to the liners don't bother me 
since I don't use my tankards to serve water.

I like to use my tankards to display garden roses...


To prevent further damage to the interior and to prevent any leaks, I like to line my silver vessels with a plastic cup.  This plastic cup is from a fast food place... 


It fits perfectly inside the silver tankard!


I cut some amazing pink roses from my garden. I planted a dozen or two dozen (who's counting?) pink roses last spring... They are FINALLY blooming and I am enjoying them so!!


Add water and slip the plastic container into the silver tankard... 

You can't even see it!


Another liner idea is a tennis ball container...


Fits perfect and makes good use of a disposable plastic container...




Add water and garden flowers....




I like to place these floral arrangements in bedrooms...
These blooms can scent an entire room!

Tankards can be found at flea markets, antique stores, estate sales and thrift stores. I love the generous size. Perfect to hold garden roses or a store bought bouquet! Oh, and I love dried hydrangeas in them too!

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83 comments:

Sheila said...

Oh, they are just beautiful! I'm not a silver collector but think it is gorgeous. And your roses are so pretty! My Knock Out roses were still blooming until we had a hard freeze early this week.

LindaSonia said...

Wow, great collection!! I enjoyed drooling over them... (smile) LindaSonia

Kathysue said...

Your collection of tankards is gorgeous!! The roses are the perfect touch. I love anything with a spout and some of yours are so intricate. Kathysue

Shelia said...

My goodness, those tankards are so beautiful! I wouldn't have known this and would have thought these were fancy tea pots!! Great idea to put your lovely roses in them too! What a stunning display.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

kathee said...

Hi Marcy! OMG these are gorgeous! I love roses and NOW i love these silver tankards. I'm also loving your blog! Thank you for sharing...xokathee

kathie said...

Oh, they are so delicious and your roses are gorgeous!!! I never knew the term 'tankard'. My dad has a number of these that he won in amateur golf (before I came along!) and I've been trying to get him to part with them. They are all engraved and not quite as pretty as yours, but special nonetheless :)

Sarah at myyellowhouse said...

Oh my gosh! Your collection is stunning! The detail is just beautiful...hate to admit it, but I am so envious. I collect white pitchers but I really really want silver ones. :) with lots of roses!

And - I'd love to see that transferware bowl that your topiary is in. Have a great weekend!

High Street Cottage said...

Hi Marcy, I just had to stop over to find out what Tankards are, and now I know. They're beautiful! I really love the added specialness with the flowers. I do that also, set a cup or glass inside a rustic vase etc. to hold flowers so it won't leak. Your collection is just beautiful and I love your style. Your Cali neighbor tami

Deserae said...

Those are so gorgeous...your roses look beautiful arranged in them!!!! I would love to be able to cut roses in my garden right now. However it's a bit chilly so all we have is mums! LOL
~Des

Ames said...

These are just lovely! My sister collects pewter tankards. They are not as pretty as yours!~Ames

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~*~*Love those!! They look so beautiful in your amazing home~*~Hugs,Rachel ;) ~*~

Sailing Simply said...

Beautiful silver tankerds! I've not heard that before, love to learn new terms. I love the one you showed using the tennis ball casing the most. I love the simplicity of its design with just a hint of elegance. They are all gorgeous though. Great tip on the inserts too. I have a silver pitcher I'd like to use for flowers, now I can. Great idea! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pieces!

Mimi said...

Beautiful alone, but filled with roses they are stunning.

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

What a beautiful collection! The details are stunning and they look so pretty with a fresh floral display. I can't believe you have roses blooming while we're having daily frost! ~Cheers~

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Marcy, Your tankards and roses are gorgeous! I am also a lover of silver and I am always on the search for unique pieces. No more roses blooming here..frost got mine.
Hugs, Sherry

Red Gate Farm said...

Love all of your silver and your tips for being able to actually USE it.

I just found a silver "thing" that I have no idea what it acutally is. I plan to use my silver with vintage Christmas ornatments again this year, I'll have to be sure to post a picture of this item... maybe you or another fellow blogger may know what it is!

Chris

PS your roses are beautiful! Lucky you to still have flowers in your gardens.

Alyssa said...

Oh gorgeous! And such a smart idea to line them. What a lovely collection.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

I love your silver, it's absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the fact that you have shown pieces that have not been polished and have the beautiful designs on them, and then the piece that has no design and has been polished, and it is very elegant! I love the mix of the two. I have a small collection of silver, your post today has made me want to add more to my collection. Thanks for sharing your research on the silver!!!
Blessings~~~ Daphne

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Marcy, those are stunning. Love the details of them. I have not seen those, but will certainly be looking for them now. Thanks for adding another item to my list of finds to find.

Johanna said...

Hello,
you had a ingenious idea to line your silver vessels with a plastic cup. And your roses are gorgeous. Very charming vignettes.
Greetings, Johanna

Maureen said...

Oh I'm with you - makes one's heart skip a beat. Simply gorgeous!

Pam said...

They are all beautiful. Love how you put flowers in them and use them.

Karena said...

I would love to see more of your collections, these water tankards are gorgeous!

I hope you come enter my giveaway from Empress of the Eye!
xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Marcy!! SHUT.UP!! These are beyond gorgeous!! I haven't seen any of these in my travels through the estate sale world but you can bet I will be looking!

The roses are so beautiful!!

Lou Cinda :)

oh yvonne said...

I love these, and I love the roses! Lovely!

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Gasp!!! Your Tankard collection is gorgeous. How long did it take you to polish it all to such a high sheen? Thanks for the quadruple plate lesson ~ I posted about the same thing and admit I know close to nothing about it - mine is marked so I guess its older than I thought.

Jenny said...

You are a woman after my own heart... I adore these and also LOVE silverplate. What a gorgeous collection. The tennis ball liner is a great idea, too!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I'm a silver fan too...love that seashell pattern!!! Also like your fillers:)

Blessings,
Linda

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Wow! I have not seen a tankard before (where have I been) really now, I have been missing out. Your tankard collection is so pretty. I looked at your photo's several times already!just beautiful!
I will have to try and find one.
I loved your post today!
Have a sweet day and hugs~Elizabeth

Sarah said...

Marcy, no question that I'm dreaming of finding some of these beautiful tankards. I'm taken with the wonderful shapes and details of the spouts, handles, lids, . . . Well, I just think these are fabulous! Like you, I like to use my old pieces for flowers. I learned the hard way that I need to slip a glass or plastic container into metal pieces that I want to use as a flower vase. ;-)
Thank you for sharing these gorgeous pieces filled with those yummy pink roses. ~ Sarah

Vicki said...

I will gladly follow you! So nice to meet you. Love, love, love these! The patterns are just gorgeous! Great idea to share on the plastic cup liners so you can use them for flowers. So clever!

Vicki at Rusty Rooster Vintage

tales from an oc cottage said...

GOOOOOOOOOOOORGEOUS!

m ^..^

Pat said...

These are gorgeous!!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I have never heard of Tankards before! Thanks so much for the lesson here. I totally love your collections. All I can say is WOW!!!!

Your basket in the previous post reminds me of a basket I have. Mine was used to haul amunition in. It has old leather handles, like yours. LOVE it. One of my favorite pieces ever.

LOVE your house!!!

xo
becky

NYCLQ said...

Beautiful!! Your tankards and roses are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing over at Coastal Charm...

:D Lynda

Betsy said...

This collection is stunning! I just love this look and would also leave the gorgeous patina alone. I have some pieces of quadruple plate that were from my great grandparent's wedding. Your pictures are gorgeous!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Your gorgeous silver just makes my heart sing! Love your uses for the tankards. I just found a silver champagne bucket last week and have been happily polishing every piece around my house!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a beautiful vignette. Keep up the lovely work! Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you'll stop by and enter my giveaway.

Val said...

Such a gorgeous collection and you display them beautifully.

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Beautiful collection! Love the flowers in silver. Thanks so much for your visit!

In The Orchid House With Amy said...

What a gorgeous collection and beautiful flowers.

Marlis said...

Love your tankards. They are quite beautiful. Love the one with the ceramic interior. I learned something today.. thanks..

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

So pretty. I especially love them with the flowers.

-Danielle

Cristie said...

They all look so lovely all in a row. The flowers look amazing in them.

Ron Mylar said...

I am especially fond of Antique silver water pitchers. These lidded beauties are generally called Antique silver Tankards.

Meg said...

Wow, how beautiful. I love your collection! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Andrea said...

What a beautiful collection!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

how I envy you! you got beautiful tankard pitchers and all so beautiful from one another.. i've been eyeing for this silverware for quite sometimes already.. now you make me so anxious to look for one.. thanks for sharing and you are such an inspiration!

blossoms vintage chic said...

Hello, I'm new to your lovely blog and now following...I simply love the look and size of these beautiful tankards! Your roses are so beautiful...I'm a florist and truly appreciate the fragrance and beauty of garden roses. I'm looking forward to visiting you again soon!
Happy Holidays,
Debbie

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Marcey...

What gorgeous silver pitcher!!! Ohhh...I just love anything silver and these beautiful silver pitchers just make my ol' heart go pitter-patter! Love the beautiful ornate details and etchings. They are just perfect filled with your beautiful roses...what a fabulous vignette!!! Thank you for sharing your collection with us today...this was such a treat!!!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

salige lavendel said...

Imperfections makes it even more beautiful!! You have a really nice blog, I loved to "walk" around in here =) Have a really nice weekend!
Ann-Helen from Norway

for the love of a house said...

Marcy- These are absolutey Gorgeous!! I love how you used the plastic cup holder for your flowers- brilliant! My favorite dealer at my favorite mall had two of these beauties the last time we were there- they were about $75 each?? If you're interested let me know and I'll take photos for you next time.
You have blooming roses in November?! Ahhh, sweet California!

best,
joan

Carol said...

Just beautiful, Marcy! I love how you re=use them as flower vases, how clever! Come to "see" me!
Carol from GA

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I love the silver too! I have some in my china cabinet. I pick it up anytime I catch a deal at the thrift store or garage sale! Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my kitchen!

Richard Cottrell said...

Hi, Love your Blog. Love the silver tankards. I just started a blog about my old historic house. Please drop by and see it and pass it on if you like it. Richard myoldhistorichouse.blogspot.com

Nancy said...

Absolutely exquisite! I love silver/silver plate too. Your pitchers/tankards are gorgeous...especially with all that lovely transferware I see in the background. Love the idea of putting the empty tennis ball canister inside. Great idea!

Nancy

Nancy said...

Marcy,

I just added your blog to my sidebar...looooove it!

Nancy

p/s come by, I'm having two giveaways!

Jennifer ~ My Vintage Bliss said...

What a beautiful collection!

Small Holdings Farm said...

A wonderful collection....adds class and style to any room. I have been using mine to display flowers and vines for years....

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Marcy, just cjecking in with you! Hope you are having a Wonderful Christmas Season!

Lou Cinda

Haven and Home said...

And together they look even better!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, they are all stunning. Such beautiful pieces and the detail on each one is gorgeous. What a fabulous idea to use them for your roses. They look beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Okay...I just love those...they look great filled with your beautiful roses.

Ruthie said...

I found the comment button. You are gifted, my dear! Beautiful home, beautiful everything. Keep posting. Where's a Christmas post!!??

Josefa Lunares said...

What greater joy to see a foreign blog which has the google translator, I am a Spanish girl who I found your house and I have to give my congratulations for this magnificent house, you have a gem full of antiques. Spanish will have a supporter that tb has a home but a few meters but will try to put some ideas from you in my house. Actualzar hope you take time if all is well take this opportunity to congratulate Christmas. A kiss.

BriarRose said...

Hi Marcy,

We are missing you out here in blogland. Wanted to make sure I wished you a very Merry Christmas! Debra

The Old Painted Cottage said...

I don't remember seeing these when I was at your house last. They are gorgeous.

PS, It's December. Miss your posts.

oxox
Jennifer

Cindy said...

Hi, I'm your newest follower, you have a great blog and a beautiful house!
I love your silver tankards, I collect silver, but I haven't come across any tankards. I will have to keep my eyes peeled for them.
Hugs, Cindy

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Hi friend-
I was stopping in to say Merry Christmas and noticed you haven't posted in awhile! I hope you are ok!
Thinking of you!
XO
Kristin

Gail @ Victorian at Heart said...

I too have some silver pieces that I love. My favorite is using them with garden flowers. The silver with the beautiful colors of the flowers are so eloquent. Thanks for sharing the info on tankards. I didn't realize they weren't made after 1900. I love anything Victorian. Beautiful post.

The Gilded Cherub said...

Hello,
Oh my what a beautiful blog you have! I remember seeing it several months ago before I had a blog of my own, I remember seeing the story you had on the silver plate spoons, that night I went on ebay and purchased 2 put them in jars and fell in love! I found you again tonight and wanted to say how wonderful your blog is. I now have a blog of my own, I'm loving all the nice people I'm meeting. I'm having a wonderful give away after the new year, just waiting for a few more followers, if you get the time please stop by. Have a happy healthy New Year!
Lorene

Pamela said...

Beautiful! A feast for the eyes. I'm enjoying finding a new blog to follow with such beauty.

Dear Lillie said...

Thank you for your your sweet comment on my blog. I am so glad you left it so I could discover yours! Your whole home is gorgeous but I have to say your dining room is my FAVORITE!!!!!! I absolutely LOVE it!

Exquisite Accessories said...

love it love it LOVE IT!! so gorgeous I want one :) thanks for stopping by my blog hope 2011 brings you all your dreams :)

sweetpea said...

marcy, thanks for your comment on my cotm feature. your home is lovely! all the best to you in 2011.

hugs,

shelley

cheryls fascinatingfinds said...

I am missing your posts

LooneyzSis said...

I'm missing them too! I check in everyday :)

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

I love silver too and collect it. Yours looks just beautiful with those gorgeous roses:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh loving this silver!!! These are just gorgeous and especially all grouped together- wow!
About the antique mirror frame color you asked about- the color was already there when I bought the mirrors- I didn't paint either of them- but they are very similar colors- one is just a bit more green than the other and I agree, a wreath over the mirror would be beautiful too! :)

sissie said...

Lovely silver tankards and displayed so beautiful.

hugs
Sissie

Laura said...

Beautiful roses... This year I'm going to take the effort and finally grow roses (successfully). You've inspired me! Lx

Kimberly said...

Lovely! Is the first one marked Pairpoint or a P in a diamond? It looks like their style.

Joey said...

LOVE fresh flowers with antique silver! Great stuff!