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  • Not anymore. It would now be classified as goldware. It is the coat on the outside that counts.
  • It would still be considered silverware. The majority of utensils are now made from stainless steel. And most still store everything in the silverware drawer.
  • Technically, "silverware" has to be silver. Your utensils which are made of gold, stainless steel, or anything else are actually flatware.
  • ""Silverware" often refers generically to any flatware used for eating by most people in the Western world, and some parts of Asia and Africa—knives, forks, and spoons—whether it is made of silver, stainless steel, or a silver-plated base metal. Flatware, especially that used by most people when they eat informally, is usually made of stainless steel, not silver. "Silverware" also refers to dishes used for serving food and some decorative objects such as candlesticks. In its narrowest sense, "silverware," which includes eating utensils, serving dishes, and decorative items, is made either of sterling silver—925 parts silver to 75 parts another metal, perhaps copper—or has layers of silver plated over another metal, often nickel silver. The more layers, the better the quality, and buyers are cautioned that flatware will be more durable and worth having if it is at least triple plate. Some manufacturers put extra silver on pieces at the point of most wear, for example, on the back of the bowl of a spoon, where it rests on the table." Source: http://www.answers.com/silverware So the broadest meaning applies only for "silver, stainless steel, or a silver-plated base metal". A fork made of gold is goldware.
  • All this talk of cutlery is making me hungry...

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