by JewelFreak » Dec 10, 2012 My favorites. These were my grandmother's, no idea where she got them. The handles are mother of pearl. I use the big ones for cheese; the little scimitars are butter knives. There was a large butter-serving knife that matched but my aunt hung onto it. I won't go into her, one of the most evil humans I've met -- I'm sad to be related to her. Close-up of the pattern on the banding. Antique serving spoons. Two have monograms of my gr-gr-gr-grandmother, who married in about 1822. They are coin silver -- if you haven't come across it, coin silver is 90% silver, 10% copper (sterling is 92.5% silver), the same alloy used for U.S. coins before 1964. Pickle forks; I use them for the rare times I need them for hors d'oeuvres. Bought these in Holland but they're English.