There seems to be a misconception on dishes out there , especially for the younger generation.
So here are some facts to clear things up.
The health department won't allow ironstone dishes used in a place where one is feeding outsiders. Ie a nursing home or adult family home, bed and breakfast or eating establishment. They chip easily and harbor germs. China chips less easily. Restaurant china is porcelain and is more durable. Restraunt china can be purchased at Costco wholesale cheap. I bought a set of plates and coup soup dishes we use all the time for every day. I also have a set of buffet dishes that are open stock at pier one, they were three dollars a plate.
Good china with a good or silver rim can be washed in the dishwasher if you do it properly. Rinse the dishes after scraping them with a rubber spatula, in a dishpan of sudsy water ( dawn ) . Put them in the dishwasher with no soap and no heat dry cycle of you have an old less energy efficient dishwasher. It's the old fashioned heat cycle and the harsh detergent that kills the gold.
Sterling does not have to be polished nearly as much as the stainless steel fridge. If put away properly and kept away from painted walls, it only,needs polishing once a year. It does need to be polished though. If let to go black, it is not good for it. A silver tea set last I checked was in the thousands of dollars, it needs to be polished and put in tarnish cloth bags. Ditto other sterling Halloware . Mustard and other acidic foods will pit sterling.
Children need to learn what the finer things in life are and how to take care of things and treat things with respect. My granddaughter at two knows how to open my I pad and how to use one finger to carefully navigate to her sites. She also knows that china is not to be used as a frisbee. LOL. I think it is a mistake to raise a bunch if hooligans that don't know what a seafood fork is for. We are loosing a heritage that is a shame to be lost.
We are living in a throw away society where electronics go obsolete on purpose and it soo important to have the latest and the finer things in life are not important. I think we are loosing something here. When was the last time you set a table and all ate at the table for dinner? I a, as guilty as the next person at this. We need to do it more often, It builds family and I think is being lost on the electronic bustle of our lives.
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