My husbands grandparents gave us their silver set when we were first married. It is the Coronation pattern by Community (now Onieda) that was introduced in 1936 to commemorate the crowning of Edward the VII. (Which of course never happened.)
His grandparents were married in the 1940's and gave it to us in 1994. We have used it exclusively since.
But sadly it is now packed away.
Why? Because it smelled so horrible we could no longer eat off of it. I have heard this means it is time for a polish, as tarnish smells like garlic. It didn't work.
What I did notice is the silverplate is wearing off. This liberates phosphorus used in the plating process, which is not good for you.
I imagine had we only brought it our for special occasions it would have a lot of life left. But, I do not regret using it daily and loving it. Everyday is a special occasion!
If you are wondering it was replaced it with a classic look modern set. I doubt I'll ever go back to vintage silverware.
When shopping for vintage sets be sure to check the wear. Who knew we could wear them out!? Have you ever ran into this?