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, November 25, 2020

Bedford by Gorham

 Another pattern from Gorham. Their Bedford pattern dates back to 1895.


Confection Spoon



Sugar Tongs (3 7/8 inches)






Bon Bon Spoon (4 3/8 inches)




Monday, November 23, 2020

Ball by Gorham

 Gorham's Ball pattern is both unique  and fairly hard to find.




Sugar Spoon (6 1/2 inches)


DHS 8 by Dominick and Haff

 Dominick and Haff's DHS 8 pattern dates back to 1900. It is an odd pattern with few examples.


Large Berry Spoon



Friday, November 20, 2020

Veranda by Kirk Stieff

Only dating back to 1993, Stieff's Veranda pattern has a design of scrolls and flowers on the terminal.


Pierced Table Serving Spoon (8 1/8 inches)



Sugar Shell (6 1/4 inches)



Salad Fork (6 1/4 inches)




Pie Server (11 inches)










Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Rose by Kirk Stieff

Kirk Stieff's Rose pattern dates back to 1937.


Fish Fork (6 1/2 inches)

Kirk Stieff Stieff Rose (Sterling, 1892, No Monograms) Individual Fish/Pastry Fork


Chocolate Spoon (4 3/4 inches)

Kirk Stieff Stieff Rose (Sterling, 1892, No Monograms) Individual Chocolate/Sherbet Spoon

Steak Knife (8 1/2 inches)

Kirk Stieff Stieff Rose (Sterling, 1892, No Monograms) Individual Steak Knife Hollow Handle,Full Repousse


Berry Spoon (8 inches)

Kirk Stieff Stieff Rose (Sterling, 1892, No Monograms) Small Chased Berry Spoon-3 Berries

Monday, November 16, 2020

Royal Dynasty by Kirk Stieff

Kirk Stieff's Royal Dynasty pattern only dates back to 1966.

Cake Server (10 5/8 inches)

Kirk Stieff Royal Dynasty (Sterling, 1966) Pie & Cake Server with Stainless Blade


Solid Serving Spoon (8 5/8 inches)

Kirk Stieff Royal Dynasty (Sterling, 1966) Solid Serving Spoon


Lemon Fork (4 3/4 inches)

Kirk Stieff Royal Dynasty (Sterling, 1966) Lemon Fork


Berry Spoon (9 1/4 inches)

Kirk Stieff Royal Dynasty (Sterling, 1966) Medium Solid Berry/Casserole Spoon


Friday, November 13, 2020

JSK 15 by JB and SM Knowles

 JSK 15 by JB and SM Knowles is a unique pattern with a diagonal twist pattern.

Sugar Shell (5 3/4 inches)

 JB & SM Knowles JSK15 (Sterling) Sugar Shell Spoon, Bright Cut



Wednesday, November 11, 2020

No. 10 by JB and SM Knowles

 JB and SM Knowles' No. 10 pattern dates back to 1882.

Sugar Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

JB & SM Knowles No. 90 (Sterling, 1882) Bright Cut Bowl Sugar Spoon


Oyster Fork (5 7/8 inches)

JB & SM Knowles No. 90 (Sterling, 1882) Oyster Fork

Monday, November 9, 2020

Bacchanalian by CJ Vander

 This is CJ Vander's Bacchanalian pattern


Dessert Knife (8 1/2 inches)

CJ Vander Bacchanalian (Sterling) Dessert Knife with Stainless Blade



Friday, November 6, 2020

William and Mary by CJ Vander

 This is CJ Vander's William and Mary pattern.


Dinner Fork (8 1/4 inches)

CJ Vander William & Mary (Sterling) Fork


Serving Table Spoon (8 3/4 inches)

CJ Vander William & Mary (Sterling) Tablespoon (Serving Spoon)


Butter Knife (6 3/4 inches)

CJ Vander William & Mary (Sterling) Hollow Handle Master Butter Knife