What is vintage silver hollowware? An interesting conversation over the weekend illuminated one of those places where it’s easy to miss seeing the forest for the trees. The question that came up was about napkin rings…as in “what is that?” It’s a napkin ring.”
An introduction to vintage silver hollowware
Hollowware is simply defined as anything that holds something. At the obvious end of the spectrum it includes compotes, dishes, cups, pitchers.
Perhaps less obviously candlesticks and candelabra, trays and platters, and napkin rings are also considered hollowware.
Variations on a theme
1. Compotes – these are generally a cup or dish on a raised base. They are also sometimes called tazzas. These pieces can be weighted silver or unweighted.
2. Bowls & dishes – exactly as they sound with a few variations
3. Pitchers & cups – from large to small for pouring and serving all kinds of liquids
4. Candlesticks & candelabra – yes, they are hollowware because they hold candles.
5. Trays & Platters – despite not being hollow, they hold things!
Sadly I haven’t got a good photo at the moment…but I’m pretty sure you know what a tray looks like.
6. Napkin rings – the piece that stated it all. A simple ring of silver used to decorate a napkin and mark to whom it belongs.
7. The ringers!
It might be natural to consider ladles and scoops as hollowware as they hold things. But no, they fall into the flatware category. No one said it would be logical 🙂
Can you think of a better name than hollowware?