April 8 2020
So far Lavish Shoestring handled about 20,000 decanters — as old as 1650s, as young as 5 years old, as cheap as £25 and as dear as £7,500. We washed them, researched, photographed, packed, shipped and, of course, used them at the table! So you are really in a good company when it comes to decanters and carafes.
April 18 2017
Silver and silver plated tableware is uncommon. I bought my first shiny silver plated tea set by Mappin & Webb 12 years ago. But silver tends to oxidise and turn black, or tarnish. My tea set got tarnished slightly within about five weeks. Here is how to polish, wash and care for silver plated items. Almost all of it applies to solid silver too.
February 2 2017
Since we started Lavish Shoestring our team handled more than 100,000 old plates. Most china we use on a daily basis is also old.
December 12 2016
A fancy dinner or an informal drinks party are both great occasions to showcase your great old glassware. Vintage and antique glasses are mostly hand made, typically of a good quality and have bottles of individual character. Also, most of them are not as precious as you may think, durable and are very easy to take care of.