Is silverware the usual American term for cutlery? I think of a silver tea service or silver trays when I think of silverware; not that I have ever owned any.
Edit: Previously answered on another thread - Yes the words Silverware and Flatware are American terms for cutlery.
Yes, apparently "silverware" to mean tools for eating is an American expression. Here in the UK we say "cutlery". "Silverware" here can mean things made of silver in general. So a sports commentator will say, "That team is hoping to add to their silverware in the cup final on Saturday", meaning they are hoping to win yet another silver trophy to add to their collection - they certainly don't get knives and forks for winning a match!