People have been making domestic items out of silver for centuries. In troubled times wealth was used to buy silver because it was easier to keep safe than other kinds of property. By the time society became more settled in the mid 1700s, its use had become a tradition. Every fashionable household would have at least a teapot of fine quality silverware. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries a wealthy middle class developed, increasing demand for domestic silverware. Scotland had distinctive tastes in silverware, preferring strong, plain lines and little ornamentation.