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Chris Hardwick Returns To ‘Talking Dead’; Staffers Resign

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Chris Hardwick made his return to “Talking Dead” on Sunday, following the midseason premiere of “Fear the Walking Dead.”

Yvette Nicole Brown was originally scheduled to replace Hardwick as host of the episode; however, AMC reinstated Hardwick after completing its investigation of sexual assault allegations.

<a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/topic/chris-hardwick">Chris Hardwick</a>&nbsp;on &ldquo;Talking Dead."&nbsp;

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Chris Hardwick on “Talking Dead.” 

AMC’s decision was met with some backlash.

During the week before Hardwick’s return, fans on social media continued to show support for actress Chloe Dykstra, who described her experience with an emotionally and sexually abusive ex-boyfriend in a June post on Medium. Though Dykstra didn’t name Hardwick in the piece, readers quickly assumed that it was referencing her three-year relationship with him. He denied these claims.

number of “Talking Dead” staff, including an executive producer, also quit the show over Hardwick’s reinstatement, The Wrap reported.

On Sunday, Hardwick addressed the audience:

I really just want to take a minute, and I want to say that I am so appreciative to be standing here right now. And I want to thank you, the “Walking Dead” community, for all of your support these last couple of months.

You know, this show is not just a job to me. This is a vital part of my life, you know. This has been a sanctuary, these last seven years we’ve been here. This has been with me through good times and bad times, and I have so much gratitude to you, the fans and the producers and the amazing casts of both of these shows, for allowing me to come here and be a part of this community every week.

This is what this is. This is a community, and we’re along the precipice of a lot of changes on both “Walking Dead” shows in the coming weeks and months, and I am so looking forward to going on that journey with you, and I’ve said the following words a million times, countless times, and that I’ve never been more thankful than I am in this very moment, to say to you that I am Chris Hardwick, and this is “Talking Dead.”

Hardwick went on to praise Brown, who was a guest on the pre-taped episode, for taking over his various hosting spots. The two shared a hug and the studio audience applauded. He did not directly address the investigation or staff departures.

Dykstra’s Medium essay outlined disturbing emotional abuse and industry blacklisting that she said she suffered as a result of a past relationship. Shortly after the essay was published, Hardwick was removed from hosting his various shows on AMC as well as moderating San Diego Comic-Con panels, pending an AMC investigation.

Before AMC reinstated him on “Talking Dead,” “Walking Dead” executive producer David Alpert told HuffPost he wanted Hardwick back but reiterated: “We have to figure out what’s going on.”

Although Dykstra didn’t participate in AMC’s investigation, she recently tweeted that she would “100% stand by every single word” of her essay outlining the abuse she experienced:

Ahead of Sunday’s “Talking Dead” episode, Hardwick’s name was also restored to the Nerdist website, which he founded. Such information was removed in June.

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Antique silverware: Its Background and Value.

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Nowadays, the term “silverware” refers to a wide range of items, including jewelry, antique silver tea caddies, flatware, silver handled baskets, porringers, coins, and silver medals or trophies, among many others. However, times have changed dramatically since the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian periods, when antique silverware was used on a daily basis primarily by the wealthy or royalty.

Silverware was made as early as the 12th century, and cutlery and flatware became extremely popular and fashionable only a short time later. The antique silverware items that have survived to this day were made from the same grade of silver used in coinage.

Many ordinary people outside of the nobility amassed vast personal fortunes very quickly during the Industrial Revolution, and the upper middle class emerged. Beginning in the 1840s, these “new money” people invested heavily in silverware in order to flaunt their wealth. People stopped eating with their fingers in the Victorian era and began using knives and forks, which were naturally made of silver for the newly wealthy. During this time, English flatware silversmiths found themselves extremely busy serving both the European and American markets.

Just as we collect labor-saving devices today, the upper middle classes collected sterling silver utensils as symbols of wealth but also for everyday use. Silver tea services, tea caddies, coffee pots, fruit baskets, sugar bowls, milk jugs, and countless other pieces of flatware and cutlery could be found throughout Victorian homes.

As can be seen in large antique silver collections, the Victorian period saw silver at its peak, but there was a remarkable decline at the start of WWII, not least due to a lack of technology in machinery to make the items. Historically, all sterling silverware was handcrafted and stamped by machine. During the Great Depression, labor costs were higher, and even wealthy households began to feel the pinch. They used fewer servants, didn’t host as many large dinner parties, and silver maintenance was a major task. Hand polishing sterling silver took time, especially on ornate and intricately designed pieces. Hence Flatware gained popularity because it was much easier to polish and maintain.

Silver’s value fluctuates as a precious metal, but for antique silver collectors, finding perfectly preserved Georgian, Edwardian, and Victorian silverware in perfect condition is a joy. Drinking from a silver goblet and using silver knives, forks, and spoons at a dinner party feels decadent. Serving coffee from a sterling silver coffee pot that has been in use for well over a century puts some of our porcelain and china counterparts to shame.

Antique silverware will always be valuable as an investment, and even if the price of silver falls, you can be certain that it will rise again in the future. Unfortunately, the demand for silver exceeds the supply, and some of the exquisite silver pieces that can occasionally be found in antique markets or hidden away in the attic are sold for scrap and melted down, a process that simply destroys the work of England’s great silversmiths as well as a piece of our history.

Bernard Warner has amassed an impressive collection of antique silver over the course of many years, becoming a renowned collector of Georgian silver from the reigns of George I, George II, and George III. Part of his vast collection, including pieces from the Queen Anne, William IV, Victorian, and Edwardian eras, is now for sale. Some pieces date from 1711.

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