Antique Silver Dish Cross

3 Modern Items Modeled After Antiques

Antique silver items are great for collectors and investors alike. At Lamb Silver we carry a large catalogue of authentic pieces that can be useful as much as they are beautiful. Although some may see the items here and not understand what they are for, modern server ware has definitely been influenced by these antiques.


Antique Silver Punch Strainer

Bottom View of Antique Silver Punch Strainer

Silver Punch Strainer by John Moulinar Circa 1740-45


The Antique:
The purpose of the punch strainer was to catch pulp and seeds with its small holes. Punch bowls have been popular at parties for centuries. These strainers were a common addition to any drink table. The hook on the end of the piece hooks on to a glass so that the punch can be poured over it.

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Modern Tea Strainer

The Modern Remake:
Tea strainers like the one pictured here are a common accessory to any kitchen. More elegant ones can be found from companies such as Harney & Sons. Regardless of the style, it is clear that these tea strainers are derived from the silver antique versions.


Antique Silver Porringer

Silver Porringer Top View with Handle

NY Silver Porringer by Henricus Boelen I Circa 1690


The Antique:
Silver porringers, such as the one by Henricus Boelen I, were common in households throughout the centuries. Early colonial setters brought porringers to America from Europe. Babies and small children would use them for porridge, stew, or gruel.

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Modern Porringer

The Modern Remake:
Porringers are still in use today, although they may look different. They are commonly used for children for when they are learning to feed themselves. Typically, these are made of plastic. There are still some more elaborate versions, such as the one from Tiffany & Co.


Rare American Silver Dish Cross

Rare Antique Silver Dish Cross

Rare American Silver Dish Cross Circa 1770-80


The Antique:
This was a very popular item in the last half of the 18th century. The adjustable legs and supports would hold a dish over a flame in the center. Most dish crosses were plain and purely functional. However, this one by Samuel Tingley is highly decorative and therefore a rare antique. This piece is also in pristine condition.

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Modern Warming Dish

The Modern Remake:
Although modern chaffing dishes look quite different, the idea is the same. The food dish is held by metal and the flames underneath keep food warm for serving.