past and present. . .

by mulberryshoots


I don’t know what got me thinking recently about an old set of sterling silver that I had a long time ago. It was a very simple trifid pattern and there were, I think, at least a set of six or eight place settings in a worn, black leather case that zipped up. I remember that I impulsively (and generously!) gave it away in one of my cleaning out “less is more” phases. Since then, I found some inexpensive forks at an antique shop in Essex, MA. that also have a delicate curved trifid pattern–very simple and elegant to behold and to use. Over time, I’ve looked and tried to find out what the markings on the backs of both patterns were but didn’t get very far.

Yesterday, I had some time on my hands while waiting for someone. So I found myself on eBay scrolling through about forty pages of listings for “vintage silver forks.” Past page twenty-five appeared a two-place setting of forks, spoons, tablespoons and knives marked with a hotel mark from Europe. They were a mirror image of the forks that we now use everyday. Still no name of the maker, just the imprint of a hotel on the back which sounded like a place in Switzerland or thereabouts. There they were, looking back at the fork I held up to my laptop computer screen. And not for very much money (so far) either.

On Etsy last week, I also came upon two forks made by a Scandanavian silversmith named Sorensen. I was flabbergasted to see them because my impression had been they were custom made–like the set of four that I had found in Putnam, CT. decades ago. I remember when one of the forks had been inadvertently thrown out in the trash at our wedding reception sixteen years ago. At the time, I had a dream about it and lo and behold, I found it in the large garbage bag the next day before the trash was picked up! So I guess there are some strong synchronicity vibes going on with me and old silver that shows up from time to time.

I’m relating this series of events because the lesson I am learning seems to be to let go of the past and whatever feelings of loss that might linger. That what I have in the present is what I’m supposed to have, and which suits me much better.

I put in a bid for the matching two place setting listed on eBay and hope that I will win it.

Rather than looking for a whole costly set of silver which I don’t really want or need, I have these bits and pieces of silver I have found over the past twenty years at antique shops (and now on eBay and Etsy) for a pittance. And I like them much better. Especially the economy of it. But most of all because they are just right for me.

happy valentine's day!