The Story Behind this Blog

Being from the South, Silver is a very big part of my life. It doesn't have anything to do with wealth. Although those with more money - old money, tend to have more of it. New money tend not to spend their money on Silver. They do not have the appreciation for the warmth of the metal, the beauty of the patina, the story it tells of the generations past who have used it. A true southern girl comes of age when she chooses her silver pattern, long before she chooses her mate. If she is smart, she chooses that of her mother, grandmother, or favorite great aunt who in their benevolence will pass their silver on to her. It is the pieces in those sets, the pieces on our tables, along with the pieces we find in the corners of the displays in antique stores that prompted me to start this blog. They are beautiful, they are odd, but what are they, and what in the hell do you do with them?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Oxford by Gorham

I found this pattern, Oxford by Gorham to be rather enchanting. It dates back to 1895 and I could find few examples of it. The terminal has a unique tip on the end of it. There is a vine with flowers that curves around the terminal leaving room for a monogram. Then the vine makes it way down the stem.

Sugar Shell (5 7/8 inches)

Teaspoon (5 3/4 inches)


Monday, April 14, 2014

Jelly Server (Part 2)

 This is the Jelly Server, I have posted on it before. It is not to be confused with the Jelly Spoon or Jelly Knife. 

La Salle by Dominick and Haff (6 3/4 inches)

Meadow Rose by Watson (6 3/8  inches)

King George by Watson (5 1/4 inches)

Etruscan by Gorham ( 6 1/8 inches)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Preserve Spoon (Part 3)

Once again, as I have posted about earlier, here is the Preserve Spoon. It can usually be differentiated from the jelly spoon by its more oblong bowl. You can see in the Raphael piece by Alvin, although the bowl is more rounded, it still has an oblong shape. 

Stieff Rose by Kirk Stieff  (7 3/4  inches)

Craftsman by Towle ( inches)

Raphael by Alvin (7 3/8 inches)

Princess by Watson (7 inches)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Master Salt Spoon (Part 2)

As I posted earlier the Master Salt Spoon is much larger than its little brother the Salt Spoon. I still find them delightful pieces, and can usually found in most patterns.

English King by Tiffany (3 1/2  inches)

Fairfax by Durgin ( 3 3/4 inches)

Mount Vernon by Lunt (4 inches)

Meadow Rose by Watson (3 1/8 inches)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lilly (88) by Gorham

Gorham's pattern Lilly, also called 88, was introduced in 1870 and only discontinued in 1991. This is another Gorham pattern having the design on a large terminal with a relatively small thin stem only adorned with a simple element toward the shoulder. The terminal of this pattern is adorned with an intricate design of lily of the valley and other elements in a three dimensional motif. All this makes these pieces more like works of art more than eating utensils. 

Demitasse Spoon  ( 4 1/8 inches)
Demitasse Spoon

Large Soup Ladle (13  inches)
Large Solid Soup Ladle

Sardine Serving Fork (4 7/8  inches)
Sardine Serving Fork Tined Large Bright Cut

Tea Knife  (7 3/8  inches)
Tea Knife, Solid Piece

Friday, April 4, 2014

Imperial by Gorham

Gorham introduced their Imperial pattern in 1891. If you look closely you can see the same basic lines in this design as those in Gorham's Chantilly, King George, and Poppy to name a few. The design is simple with just a plain terminal and stem edged with a double line. An embellishment separates the terminal from the stem.

Salad Fork (6 inches)
Individual Salad/pastry Fork

Flat Handled Butter Spreader (5 3/8  inches)
Flat Handle Butter Spreader

Bouillon Soup Spoon (5 3/8  inches)

Round Bowl Soup Spoon (bouillon)

Small Sugar Sifter (5 3/4  inches)

Small Sugar Sifter

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Grecian by Gorham

Grecian is one of Gorham's older patterns, introduced in 1861. The design is different from the traditional ones in that it has a simple thin stem with the pattern itself being the terminal. The design on the terminal resembles a fan of feathers.

Teaspoon ( 5 7/8 inches)

Large Sugar Sifter (7 3/8  inches)
Coin Silver Large Sugar Sifter

Nut Pick (5  inches)
Coin Silver Solid Nut Pick

Monday, March 31, 2014

Worthington by Kirk Stieff

Worthington also known as Severn was introduced by Kirk Stieff in 1940. This design is reminiscent of art deco with straight lines, fans, and the like. It is a fairly unique pattern.

Cocktail Fork ( inches)
Cocktail/seafood Fork

Large Sherbet Spoon ( inches)
Large Sherbet Spoon

Solid Bon Bon Spoon ( inches)
Bon Bon Spoon Solid

Cake Server ( inches)
Pie And Cake Server With Stainless Blade

Friday, March 28, 2014

Chippendale by Gorham

Gorham introduced Chippendale in 1890. The pattern has a beaded edge that runs from the shoulder of each piece up the stem around the terminal and back down the stem. There is a fan motif on the end of the terminal with lines resembling stems rising from the bottom of the stem of the piece and fanning out at the bottom of the terminal. The fancy work on the serving pieces is what looks like drapes of laurel and ferns. Overall, it is a very unique pattern.

Ice Cream Spoon  (5 3/4 inches)
Ice Cream Spoon

Fish Serving Knife (Lg) (11 1/2 inches)

Large Solid Fish Serving Knife

Large Fish Serving Fork  (8 1/4 inches)
Large Solid Fish Serving Fork

Master Butter Knife ( 6 7/8 inches)
Flat Handle Bright Cut Master Butter

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Southern Rose by Manchester

Another repousse pattern with a rose design is Southern Rose by Manchester introduced in 1933.. The rose blossoms and leaves look very similar to other repousse patterns. However, if you look closely, you can see subtle differences in each. All are lovely designs.

Seafood Fork (5 1/2 inches)
Cocktail/seafood Fork

Pierced Cheese Server (5 1/4 inches)
Solid Pierced Cheese Server

Baby Knife (5 1/4 inches)
Baby Knife With Silverplate Blade

Fruit Orange Spoon (5 3/4 inches)
Fruit/orange Spoon