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WHAT IS STERLING SILVER?
Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by mass of silver and 7.5% by mass of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925.
Fine silver, for example 99.9% pure silver, is generally too soft for producing functional objects; therefore, the silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength while preserving the ductility and beauty of the precious metal.
Other metals can replace the copper, usually with the intention of improving various properties of the basic sterling alloy such as reducing casting porosity, eliminating fire scale, and increasing resistance to tarnish. These replacement metals include germanium, zinc and platinum, as well as a variety of other additives, including silicon and boron.
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SERVING PIECE GUIDE
The Large Serving Forks
Sardine Server: Features short, wide tines ideal for serving sardines, anchovies, and other small bites.
Serving Fork: Think of this as your dinner party workhorse: an all-purpose piece that can be used for serving everything from sliced meats to roasted vegetables.
Baked Potato Fork: Makes lifting and serving hot potatoes feel downright fancy.
Toast Fork: Its wide prongs function to pierce and serve toast—but we won’t tell if you use it for something else (DIY place-card holder?).
Serving Fork: You’ll never regret doubling up on these versatile pieces. Featuring an intricately adorned handle and a stunning pierced design, this example would make an artful addition to your entertaining arsenal.
The Small Serving Forks
Butter Pick: Just the right size for piercing and serving pats of butter (a trick guaranteed to wow at your next dinner party).
Lemon Fork: Roughly the size of a salad fork, this piece is designed to serve wedges of lemon or any other small garnish. Station a few of these at your bar to let guests craft next-level cocktails.
Pickle Fork:Place this piece alongside a charcuterie board to serve up cornichons and small pickled veggies.
Pastry Fork: More delicate than its dinner-fork counterpart, this piece is also known as a pie fork. Its three tines make it perfect for cutting into airy desserts.
Sardine, Pâté, and Lemon Server: An all-purpose fork that effectively serves any small morsel, from preserved fish to slices of citrus for drinks (just not at the same time, of course!).
Toddy Ladle: Originally designed for hot toddies, this piece is ideal for serving any type of festive punch.
Gravy Ladle: Your standard, medium-sized ladle: a Thanksgiving standby.
Sauce Ladle: Appropriate for serving all types of sauces, from creams to au jus, this particular style features a hook beneath the handle that helps the spoon rest upright.
The Large Serving Spoons
Tomato Server: Features a large, flat bowl ideal for straining and serving tomatoes. Art Deco adornment adds flair to the piece on the far left, while the middle example boasts a more traditional design.
Confection Spoon: Used to sift powdered sugar over desserts and fruits; makes a pancake breakfast feel instantly sophisticated.
Slotted Serving Spoon: Ideal for serving casseroles, vegetables, and anything else that needs to be drained before plating.
Tea Strainer: Designed to rest on top of a pot or mug of tea—and certain to lend an air of refinement to your afternoon cuppa.