Silver spoon dating
These replacement metals include germanium, zinc and platinum, as well as a variety of other additives, including silicon and boron.
As the fork’s popularity spread to France, great changes in manners began.
Foods that had previously been eaten by dipping fingers or bread into a common bowl came to be eaten with spoons and forks from individual plates, and by the late 1600’s there existed different plates for different foods.
These pieces retained their intrinsic value while being used for celebrations, daily routines or mere display.
It is from the American colonies that we get the term American Coin Silver.
The urge to display affluence, along with impetus given by exhibitions in 18, led not only to more ornate styles but a wide range of new serving and individual pieces.