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Vintage Newborn Gift Ideas

April 28, 2021 1:33 pm
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Vintage Newborn Gift Ideas

Finding the perfect gift for a new addition to the family is always a challenge. With so many options of toys, tools, and collectibles, it’s tough to find something truly unusual. Rather than digging through stores that all provide the same modern merchandise, choosing from vintage newborn gift ideas is a great way to make your gift stand out.

Antique Dishware

Of all the vintage newborn gift ideas traditionally given, none are so well known as silver dishware, particularly the silver spoon and silver baby cup. The former is, of course, a popular symbol of good fortune, making it an auspicious gift as well.

Cups are also well-received gifts with practical applications, as silver is food safe. Both items can be engraved, too, allowing for added personalization. On spoons, the child’s name is often engraved into the handle or bowl of the spoon. The larger surface area of cups is better for detailed engravings, such as full names and parent names.

Nelson and Nelson Antiques has been working with antique silver for over forty years. We specialize in pieces from the 19th to mid-20th centuries. Explore our collection today to find your one-of-a-kind antique silver gift.

Vintage Rattles

When it comes to memorable gifts for newborns, there is nothing quite like silver playthings. Many different forms of antique toys can be found in collections and shops across the nation. The most common variety of silver baby toys are rattles.

Often, they feature a beautiful ornament of silver while the rest of the piece is made of other materials, such as a plastic chew ring. The most common variety is dumbbell-shaped—perfect for a baby to grab. Pieces vary from undecorated to ornately engraved. Rattles are made to be light and have smooth seams, so there’s no risk of harm to the rattle or baby during playtime.

Collectable Figures

A vast variety of silver pieces can be found molded into ornate decorations, including antique silver Christmas ornaments, baby charms, and figurines, just to name a few. Often, these pieces are not intended for use but are instead wonderful and rare collector pieces.

Parents will be thrilled by the sheer variety found in silver figurines, particularly the availability of silver featuring beloved characters and baby-themed objects. Nothing is quite as impressive as a hutch full of shining silver collectibles. And, as the child grows up, they’ll enjoy gazing at the growing collection.




Tips and Tricks To Eliminate Smudges From Silver

April 2, 2021 12:29 pm
Antiques

Tips and Tricks To Eliminate Smudges From Silver

Silver is perhaps the most beautiful material that important everyday items and decorations are made from. However, if it’s not cared for properly, silver has a unique quality that causes unpleasant-looking smudges to appear. This added care element can often scare away would-be avid collectors. But there’s no reason that polishing silver has to be a difficult or expensive process. Fortunately, there are many tips and tricks to eliminate smudges from silver. A significant amount of these tricks utilize everyday items, as well.

Silver Care Compounds

The most straightforward way to care for silver is to employ the powers of compounds made specifically for this work. A common variety of silver cleaner is sold as a paste. Simply dab a bit on a clean cloth and rub it on the object. Rinse and thoroughly dry your silver piece when done. Different types of cleaners may require additional steps, but for the most part, that’s all it takes. Be sure to always choose a non-abrasive cleaner to avoid damaging the surface of more delicate or older pieces.

Lastly, if you’re using a cleaner on an item that’s intended for everyday use, rinse and wipe the item with extra care to avoid missing any remaining traces of the product. Traces of cleaner may induce tarnish in hard-to-reach spots when the silver piece is routinely used or displayed. Sterling picture frames, for instance, are almost always in contact with oxygen, so spaces between engraved and embossed details need extra attention.

Alternatives To Silver Cleaners

If using a chemical cleaner on silver doesn’t suit you or your collection, try a household alternative. Many natural and even edible substances are ideal for removing smudges and tarnish from silver. For instance, mild dish soap and warm water are very effective—make sure to use a soft cloth to clean, though. Using an abrasive dish towel, brush, or sponge will cause more harm than good.

Using Polishing Cloths

When it comes to clothes, it pays to be specific with silver. As silver is a fairly soft metal, it gets scratched and worn easily when not treated with care. Besides this, some common varieties of cloth contain trace oils that will accelerate tarnishing. Avoid using scratchy or worn towels or anything that feels abrasive to the touch.

Many materials are chemically treated with unnatural dyes and contain acids, sulfurs, and salts that react poorly with silver. One of our favorite tips and tricks to eliminate smudges from silver is to use a 100 percent cotton flannel or clean cotton linen.




Classic Wedding Gifts You Cannot Go Wrong With

March 24, 2021 10:29 am
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Classic Wedding Gifts You Cannot Go Wrong With

Weddings are a blast. Hopefully, life will return to normal soon so we can all dance and celebrate love together again. As awesome as weddings are, it can be challenging to think of a present to give the couple. Perhaps you should splurge on wedding gifts next year since people had to drastically change their plans. Better yet, give them one of these classic wedding gifts you cannot go wrong with.

Hollowware

Hollowware is different from flatware in that you don’t use hollowware to feed yourself. Hollowware pertains to the other pieces you find on the dining table. For example, you can give the couple a gravy boat they can use at their next dinner party. Another idea is to get them a serving tray they can use when they have guests over. Interesting Fact: Married couples should keep these artifacts in mint condition so they can pass them down to younger generations in the family. Couples will love that you helped start their familial legacy.

Picture Frames

Think about getting the newlyweds an engraved sterling silver picture frame to celebrate their marriage. If you’ve attended a wedding, then you know how many pictures the significant others take that day. However, every couple has at least one shot they adore and want to display in their home. Luckily, you can help them complete this task by giving them a picture frame that’ll remind them of their special day every time they see it.

These are just a few classic wedding gifts you cannot go wrong with. Being a wedding guest gives you a unique opportunity to give the couple something they’ll possess for the rest of their lives. If you need more ideas for presents, check out Nelson and Nelson Antiques’ site today. We have many gift ideas that newlyweds will appreciate and keep in their family’s history for years to come.




Tips for Selling Sterling Silver

February 25, 2021 10:45 am
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Tips for Selling Sterling Silver

People sell collectibles all the time to make money. However, there are a few considerations to keep in mind while doing so. Follow these tips for selling sterling silver if you want to make a huge profit on your investment.

Who Made Them?

One thing to keep in mind when selling antique sterling silver is if a famous person created the piece(s). A previous blog post discussed silver-makers that were known for their crafts. Depending on the person who made a silver piece, it may be worth something huge. Pro Tip: the items may be worth even more money if artisans put a special marking on their materials to commemorate their work.

Work With a Reputable Dealer

You’ll only get cash for antiques if you work with a reputable dealer. There are tons of people out there looking to rip you off. So, do your research before you sell. Make sure the dealer has decent reviews and has never tried to scam people.

Negotiate

Another tip for selling sterling silver is to negotiate. Remember, keeping the products will go a long way when it comes to selling. The more you care for your silver, the more they’ll be worth in the end. Always carry around a microfiber towel to get rid of any smudges on them.

Nelson and Nelson Antiques will never try to do you wrong. We’re transparent with all of our clients because we want to get one-of-a-kind products. We also sell sterling silver for anyone in the market for new collectibles. You can never have too many items to beautify your home.




The History of Silver Salver Trays

February 17, 2021 12:32 pm
Antiques

The History of Silver Salver Trays

Silver salvers are rich in history. These products have been around for centuries, and they were even used by royalty at some point. Read more about the history of silver salver trays to determine if there’s a hidden treasure in your family’s legacy.

16th & 17th Centuries

People used silver salvers during the 16th century to keep royals from being poisoned. Yes, you read that right. Helpers would place food and drinks on a regular tray and taste them. If they weren’t poisoned, they would then place these items on a silver salver, meaning that royalty could digest them. Isn’t it crazy to think that some workers lost their lives testing out certain items?

18th & 19th Centuries

In the 18th and 19th centuries, salvers were used to indicate people’s wealth. The more intricate the designs were, the more money a person had. The same sentiment is still true today. As long as these items are still in mint condition, they could be worth a pretty penny. It’s also worth noting that certain sports tournaments used silver salvers as a trophy. For example, during the 19th century, tennis began awarding silver salvers to those who won championships. More recently, the second-place winner of the Masters Tournament receives a silver salver.

20th & 21st Centuries

Nowadays, silver salvers are still used to point out a person’s wealth. However, during recent times, these items have also been used to cement a family’s legacy. Some people pass them down as heirlooms between generations, using them as a way to form intergenerational bonds. Anyone thinking of selling a silver salver needs to think about putting their family’s legacy at risk before doing so.

No one should underestimate the history of silver salver trays. Here at Nelson and Nelson Antiques, we have solid silver salvers for sale. So, anyone who wants to create a family legacy should check out our collection today. Our items are intricate and will catch everyone’s eyes the minute they see them.