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Complete guide to sterling silver flatware
Sterling silver is available in a wide assortment of practical utensils that make a statement on your table and provide the perfect serving solutions for every dining need. Each exquisitely crafted piece has intrinsic beauty, and serves a specific purpose—though most can perform multiple tasks. Not only are they useful for all of your entertaining needs, they are valuable collectibles and make wonderful gifts.
This comprehensive guide will help you identify the name and learn the role for each piece.
Place pieces include everything from the standard 5-piece place setting to all the other individual utensils used for specific purposes at each diner’s place.
Most popular size in America. Used for cutting or spreading; also known as a luncheon knife.
All-purpose cutting utensil.
Dinner Knife (Continental Size)
Based on larger European sizing and heavier weight than the standard dinner knives.
Ideal for cutting delicate fish.
Butter Spreader, Paddle Blade
Ideal for butter spreads and patés. (Not usually used as a placesetting piece.)
Butter Spreader, Flat Handle
Features a heavier handle of solid sterling silver.
An excellent tool for slicing fruits and vegetables.
Butter Spreader, Hollow Handle
Ideal for specialty butter spreads and patés. Features a rounded hollow handle.
Place Knife, Old Style Blade
Has a longer blade than our standard place knife.
Dinner Knife, Old Style Blade
Features a longer blade than our standard dinner knife.
Individual Steak Knife
Ideal for cutting steak, ham, or turkey. Features a stainless steel serrated blade with a sterling silver rounded hollow handle.
All-purpose eating utensil for solid foods.
Dinner Fork (Continental Size)
Larger size and heavier weight than the standard dinner fork.
Ideal for desserts, sized for eating delicate cakes and desserts without crushing them.
Specially designed for eating grilled, baked, or fried fish.
Ice Cream Fork
Perfect for eating ice cream cakes and frozen desserts.
Slightly smaller than the dinner fork. Most popular size in America for standard placesettings.
Essential for seafood, including shrimp and oysters.
Long thin tines with a smaller proportion perfect for spearing soft fruits.
Slightly smaller than the dinner fork; ideal for a variety of salads. One of the most universal pieces.
Perfect for cereal, dessert, coffee, ice cream, and fruits.
Place Spoon (Continental Size)
Larger size and heavier weight than our standard place spoon.
Slightly smaller than the place spoon. One of the most universal pieces, designed for tea and coffee to stir in milk and sugar.
Teaspoon (Continental Size)
Larger size and heavier weight than the standard teaspoon.
Soup Spoon (Round Bowl)
Ideal for cream soups. Features a larger bowl than a cream soup spoon.
Essential for puddings, ice cream cakes, and other soft desserts.
Specially designed for eating grapefruit.
Cream Soup Spoon
Features a round bowl designed for bouillons, clear broth soups, and creamed soups.
Iced Beverage Spoon
Specifically designed for tall glasses.
Ideal for serving coffee, tea, or other after-dinner refreshments.
Fork sized for a child’s easy use.
Spoon sized for a child’s easy use.
Knife sized for a child’s easy use.
Infant Feeding Spoon
Spoon specially tailored for an infant, 3-6 months.
Specially sized spoon tailored for a baby, 12-24 months.
Special eating utensil designed to ease a baby's transition from hand to fork/spoon. Used to push the soft food together to make it easier to pick up.
Lifetime Sterling offers a wide variety of serving utensils to help with all of your serving needs, each historically designed with a particular purpose, though most can be used for multiple tasks.
Solid Sterling Silver
These standard pieces are the most popular and versatile serving utensils. Each one is finely crafted from solid sterling silver.
All Purpose, X-Large
Ideal for a variety of serving tasks.
Pie Server, X-Large
Serves larger pies.
Lg. Serving Fork, X-Large
Excellent for serving meats, poultry, and cold cuts.
Suitable for gravies and sauces.
Pierced Serving Spoon, X-Large
Pair with large serving fork. The bowl is pierced so liquid flows through the bowl to avoid excess liquid on the dinner plate.
Larger size and heavier weight than a tomato/cranberry server.
Designed with wide-spread tongs for serving leafy greens.
These useful serving utensils feature hollow sterling silver handles with stainless steel fittings.
Versatile bottle-opening utensil.
Pierced Serving Spoon
Suitable for vegetables and fruits. Features a pierced bowl so liquid flows through the bowl to avoid excess liquid on the dinner plate.
Salad Serving Fork
Pair with the Salad Serving Spoon. Similar in shape to the Salad Serving Spoon with a forked bowl.
Salad Serving Spoon
Pair with the Salad Serving Fork.
Great for measuring liquor for mixed drinks.
This classic scoop with high sides is the proper way to scoop ice.
Citrus fruit slicer with a lightly serrated blade featuring a forked tip end with a bottle opener/cap lifter on the blade.
Appropriate for serving most cheeses.
For cutting cakes and pastries. Features a long, wide serrated blade with a rounded tip.
The best way to serve spaghetti, fettuccine, and fusilli.
A large, rectangular flat server perfect for serving lasagna, raviolis, and casseroles.
Stylishly serves seasonal pies.
All purpose serving spoon with a large oval bowl.
The correct way to serve punch. Features pour spouts on either side of the bowl.
Ideal for serving soups and stews.
Fish Serving Knife
Essential for serving all types of fish.
Ideal for slicing large blocks of specialty cheeses.
Designed with a long handle for stuffing poultry and serving traditional stuffing or mashed potatoes.
Ice Cream Scoop
Equally good for serving sherbet, ice cream, or frozen yogurt.
Hooded Asparagus Server
Ideal for serving bunches of fresh asparagus.
Perfect for grating fresh cheeses.
Cuts and serves angel food cake.
Specialty Serving Utensils
Each of these pieces perform a special task, though most can serve multiple uses. Some are solid sterling silver, as noted below; the rest have hollow sterling silver handles with stainless steel fittings.
Ideal for serving whole tomatoes, sliced tomatoes, or tomato wedges. A broad, flat server with a pierced design to allow liquid to remain in the serving dish.
Perfect for straining hot tea bags and holding loose tea. Designed to sit on top of a teapot or cup/mug.
Serves all kinds of long vegetables, fruits, and meat that has been rolled.
Essential for serving most desserts including cakes, pies, and pastries.
Ice Cream Slicer
Ideal for slicing ice cream cakes as well as custard-filled cakes and pies.
Perfect for serving oyster crackers for soups and salads.
This item is a place setting piece but is also used today for buffet serving. Designed for serving bunches of long fresh vegetables including asparagus, zucchini, celery, and carrot sticks.
Serves equally well for all pasta dishes, including spaghetti, baked ziti, and pasta salads.
Asparagus Tongs, Individual
Ideal for small servings of asparagus, zucchini, green beans, and eggplant.
Perfect for salting all entrees; typically used with a salt cellar that holds loose salt.
Designed for individual servings of plain or flavored butter balls or butter pats.
For drizzling and serving all kinds of chocolate, including hot fudge and melted white chocolate.
Perfect for measuring the freshest ground coffee.
Ideal for soft cheese spreads.
Large Cheese Scoop
Designed for large rounds of Stilton cheese; also useful for soft cheese spreads, fondue cheeses, and shredded cheeses.
A handy clip that’s a wonderful way to hold a napkin in place.
Perfect for serving cranberry slices and fresh tomato slices.
Steak Carving Knife
Carves steaks, turkey, tenderloins, or ham equally well.
Steak Carving Fork
For serving freshly carved meats and poultry.
Ideal for serving small delicacies, including sardines, shrimp, and oysters.
Designed to serve small wedges of lemons, limes, and cheeses.