What’s the Difference Between Flatware and Silverware?

What’s the Difference Between Flatware and Silverware?

With Thanksgiving around the corner, table settings are on the mind of many people. Particularly those who are hosting a crowd. During the holiday, your table and how it’s set will hold as much attention as the meal itself. Thus, it is important to not only have an eye-appealing display but enough place settings for everyone attending.

If you have a large family, silverware rental in Boston may be the saving grace you’ve been searching for. Yes, you read that right. Here at Rental Depot of Boston, we have silverware, flatware, and plate rentals that will save you money and stress. But, have you ever wondered what the difference is between silverware and flatware? If so, this article is here to ease the mystery and fill you will knowledge for your next trivia night with friends and family!


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Defined, flatware, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is relatively flat tableware. In particular, this vague definition refers to eating and serving utensils such as knives, forks, and spoons. However, when the term was first introduced in the 19th century, knives were excluded from the category as they were considered cutlery.



Likewise, silverware also refers to eating and serving utensils. However, with silverware rentals in Boston, you’ll receive pieces that are made of, or coated with, silver. Hence the name. One significant benefit of dining with silver is the chemical benefits that pure silver provides. For example, silver kills germs better than other types of metal.

However, since roughly 1860, it’s become rare to own, or even find, pure silver dinnerware. This type of silverware has been replaced by silver-plated stainless steel. The main reason for this change was not only the cost of production but purchasing cost to consumers. Here are a few more facts about silver to store away for trivia night:

  • In ancient Egypt, silver held more value than gold.
  • Phoenicians stored their water, wine, and vinegar in silver bottles to eliminate bacteria growth.
  • Silver objects have been dated back as far as 4000 BC.


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To summarize, if you call Rental Depot Boston this Thanksgiving in need of flatware of silverware rental in Boston, the two are virtually indifferent. However, we have a wide selection available for customers to choose from. Not only do we have the flatware you may need, but plates and tables as well. Take the stress out of the holiday season this year and give our team a call today! (617) 327-1200

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