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?

Friday, August 18, 2017

French Scroll by Alvin

In 1953 Alvin introduced their French Scroll pattern.

Bar Knife (8 1/8 inches)

Hollow Handle Fish Fork (7 inches)

Infant Feeding Spoon (5 3/4 inches)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Maryland by Alvin

With so many "Maryland" patterns around, it may get confusing about the names but designs are definitely different.  Other patterns include Maryland by Gorham and Old Maryland by Kirk. I also found a "Maryland" pattern listed by Machester, but it was the same design as Alvin's Maryland pattern that was introduced in 1910.

Luncheon Fork (6 7/8 inches)

Fruit Orange Spoon (5 5/8 inches)

Jelly Server (5 1/2 inches)

Curved Handle Baby Spoon (3 1/8 inches)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lorna Doone by Alvin

In 1925 Alvin introduced their Lorna Doone pattern that was designed by Peter J. Gordon.

Small Steak Carving Knife


Salad Spoon (6 1/4 inches)

Pie Server

Friday, August 11, 2017

Maryland by Gorham

Gorham's Maryland pattern dates back to 1885. Don't confuse this with Alvin's Maryland (1910)  or Kirk's Old Maryland pattern. It is an ornate pattern. 

Oyster Fork (5 1/4 inches)
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Pierced Pea Serving Spoon (8 1/2 inches)

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Salad Serving fork (8  1/2 inches)

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Sugar Sifter (5 5/8 inches)

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Maytime by Alvin

Alvin introduced Maytime in1936 by F. Russell Woodward. Other patterns he designed for Alvin also include Chased Romantique, Miss Alvin, and Rouchambeau. You note that the lines of each of these patterns are very similar.

Cream Soup Spoon (6 1/4 inches)

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Fork (7 1/8 inches)

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Ice Tea Spoon (7 1/2 inches)

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Mastercraft by Alvin

Alvin introduced Mastrcraft in 1937. The pattern has a great design and a terminal idea for monograms.

French Hollow Knife (9 inches)

Table Serving Spoon (8 1/2 inches)

Sugar Tongs (4 inches)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Hunt Club by Durgin

Like many patterns by Durgin, you can find this one listed under the same name by Gorham since Gorham assumed Durgin.  The Hunt Club pattern was designed by Barton P. Jenks and  introduced in 1930 by Durgin.  Jenks was also known for Watson's Marlborough (1918) pattern, Durgin's Lenox (1912) pattern, as well as Gorham's Lansdowne (1907)  and Shamrock V (1931) patterns. If you look at these 5 patterns you will definitely see a familiar design that must have been Jenks' style.

Designer : Barton P. Jenks

Fork (7 1/4 inches)

Butter Spreader (5 1/2 inches)

Lemon Fork (5 1/8 inches)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Miss Alvin by Alvin

In 1931 Alvin introduced Miss Alvin. The pattern was designed by F. Russell Woodward. Other patterns he designed for Alvin also include Chased Romantique and Rouchambeau

Cream Soup (6 1/4 inches)

Serving Fork (8 3/4 inches)

Sugar Tongs (4 3/8 inches)

Cucumber Server (6 5/8 inches)

Monday, July 31, 2017

"Colonial" Patterns

Of all the names of sterling flatware patterns several are used many times, and in many variations. One of these is "Colonial".  I could identify 36 different patterns alone. Short of the name, I can see no similar pattern (no pun intended) in their designs. So here is the first post (of many)  Salad Forks in different Colonial patterns.

Grand Colonial by Wallace  1942  (6 3/8 inches)

Southern Colonial 1945 By Fine Arts (6 1/2 inches)

Georgian Colonial by Wallace 1932 (6 1/4 pieces)

Colonial Theme by Lunt  1964 (6 3/8 inches)

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Regent by Alvin

Alvin introduced their Regent pattern in 1933. Do not confuse this with Durgin's Regent pattern of 1901. 

Seafood Fork (5 3/8 inches)

Pierced Table Serving Spoon (8 1/4 inches)

Butter Spreader ( 5/5/8 inches)

Olive Fork (5 7/8 inches)