Relevant categories: Silver Plate
(Above photo - Silver Plate Meat Dome )
A silver plate meat dome serves the purpose of covering food on a table before people can serve it. The dome is also known as the cloche and might available in the form of silver even though some features marble, stoneware, glass, and other materials. Since they resemble a bell, the French called these pieces of silverware cloches.
Identifying Silver-Plate Dome For Food
(Above photo - George II Silver Plate Domed Serving Plate )
You are out there in the market looking for a good silver-plate dome for serving food. How do you find a genuine piece? How do you determine its value? As a silver-plated item, it will have a base metal with a silver coating on top. Since it isn’t solid silver, you don’t have to worry about the item having inherent value.
However, you can determine the period when the piece was made by looking at the stamps or hallmarks of the manufacturers. In Britain, the stamps and hallmarks date back to the 14th century, so you must be careful when looking at them. An expert in antique silverware can help you identify the right markings on the silver-plate domes. You shouldn’t expect the item to be marked as being made from sterling silver. That only applies to items with solid silver.
What Foods Can You Serve with A Silver Plate Dome
(Above photo - Victorian Silver Plate Serving Dome Platter Meat Tray Food Warmer )
Traditionally, silver-plate items were used to serve food during gatherings of close friends and dinner parties. So, it makes perfect sense for you to use it to serve food. While at it, you should avoid foods that may corrode or harm the metallic surface. Such foods include the following:
1. Acidic Foods
Acidic foods such as tomato sauces and salads can affect the outer surface of a silver-plate dome. Therefore, you should avoid serving such foods using your treasured piece of silverware. If you forget and serve acidic food using a silver-plate dome, then you should thoroughly rinse it after the meal. Otherwise, the acid will begin to eat into the metal, tarnishing the glossy surface.
2. Foods with Sulfur
Foods with sulfur include puddings, mayonnaise, custard, and eggs. You should avoid serving such foods using your silver-plate dome since they can leave your utensil with stains. That’s because sulfur reacts with the silver surface leaving the surface with black stains of silver sulfide. You don’t want your glossy silver-plate dome to develop such spots, do you?
3. Food with Salt
(Above photo -Silver Plate Epergne Centrepiece for the high end dinner party )
There are times when you will serve food with salt using your silver-plate dome – ensure you clean the utensil as soon as possible. Wash using a non-lemon-based soap and water to get rid of the salt residues that may corrode the silver surface. Delay in cleaning the dome may result in the development of black stains (just like silver sulfide) on the surface. Where you have stubborn stains, involve a professional cleaner.
Even though an item from the past, you need a silver plate dome serving platter to cover your food, especially on special occasions or while serving visitors. Their elaborate designs also allow them to act as great decorations anywhere in your home.
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