One of the German TV programmes we like to watch is called ‘Bares für Rares’, that translates roughly as ‘Cash for rarities’ and features members of the public bringing items for valuation and then sale. There are lots of similar programmes in the UK, here’s ‘Flog It’:

It always seems a bit sad to me when people bring things which have been in their families for years and years. They sell a brooch, or toy for €100 and the Moderator (Paul in Flog It or Horst Lichter in Bares für Rares) asks what the seller will do with the money? “Oh, maybe go out for a nice meal…” and phut! Family history, family treasures are gone.

Whilst the Corona pandemic has been a catastrophic, life-changing event for so many people, being a Pollyanna-ish sort of person I am always looking for the positive and the positive in our house over the last months is that drawers and cupboards ignored for years have been sorted and cleared.

But what to do with all the stuff? As well as Miss Bowen’s cake slice I wrote about back in May there are at least six other cake slices, as well as a set of silver fish knives and forks in presentation box – a wedding present for my parents in 1951, sundry EPNS fruit spoons

and my personal favourite (although never used), a set of knives marked ‘salad knife, Made in Sheffield’ on the blade. Sheffield was the centre of steel and cutlery in the UK:

I never liked eating from silver, which is rather a shame, as the oldest silverware company in Germany is in on our doorstep in Bremen:

And I liked polishing or caring for it even less. As you can see from the photo of the family heirlookm EPNS presentation teapot, coffee pot and tray in the header.

But what to do with all this stuff?

*I recently read about something called ‘döstädning‘, Swedish Death Cleaning. It’s based on a book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson. The thrust of the book is to slowly begin decluttering so your death isn’t such a burden for those you leave behind.

If you would like a set of silver fish knives and forks, in original presentation box, please get in touch.

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