Where to Buy a Really Large Silver Flatware Chest

Where to Buy a Really Large Silver Flatware Chest

One of the wonderful things about owning silver collectibles is that the chests designed to protect your silver investment are, in themselves, wonderful pieces of craftsmanship.

There are basically two options when it comes to acquiring a really large silver flatware chest.

Custom-made chests. There are still a few craftsmen left in the country who can make a big chest to your specifications. This is an expensive option, but one which guarantees that you’ll get exactly what you are looking for.

Refurbished chests. Until two years ago, it was possible to get a large silver chest from the Reed & Barton Company. However, after 200 years of producing chests, they have gone out of business – a sad loss to the recession for silver enthusiasts.

We refurbish many chests, including, recently, an interesting piece owned by the first territorial senator of Hawaii, George Paul Cook. It was a magnificent chest, but the finish was darkened and scarred with burns from the senator’s cigars, which he liked to balance on the edge of the chest while on his yacht. We got the piece in absolutely terrible condition; burn marks, scratches, tarnished brass, ripped interior clothes, etc. Our craftsman was able to refinish the outside, polish the brass, and replace all of the tarnish-resistant clothes inside to make it look much like it did circa 1900 – a beautiful silver flatware chest, as you can see in the video above.

We have some chests available that will hold a 200-500 piece silver set; we are, as far as I know, the only place to find these refurbished chests. Prices run from $2000-$5000, depending on the size, work required to restore, and the original maker.

Restorations generally take about six months per chest, but the end result is a wonderful lifelong heirloom that you’ll enjoy, and it will protect your antique silver investment at the same time.