Re: Using my transferware
Posted by Michael on November 14, 2010, 12:43 pm, in reply to "Using my transferware"
There is no reason (other than possibly breakage) for you NOT to use your transferware occasionally for special meals/occasions, etc. I know several people who do and have not suffered any! As for care and cleaning, DEFINITELY DO NOT put them in the dishwasher: hand washing with hot, soapy water is recommended. Also, to keep surface scratching to a minimum, serving foods that do not require significant or hard cutting probably would be best -- either that or provide your guests with plastic knives and forks!
I do not know why the Etruscan Vase pieces discolored. Were they kept in direct sun? Or in a hutch or open cupboard where the sun shined directly on them (window glass and glass cupboards could magnify the effect of the sun's rays, I would imagine). And when you say "discolored", do you mean faded (from dark or medium blue to washed-out blue) or did they actually turn color. EARLY restoration on pieces tends to turn pink with time, whether it has been exposed to light or not. Is it possible that they could have been restored? Good luck, and enjoy them. Michael