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?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Stuart by Whiting

Charles Osborne designed Stuart for Whiting and it was introduced in 1911. Osborne also designed  Whiting's Arabesque pattern that was introduced in 1875. Although this pattern is somewhat similar to Wendt's pattern of the same name that was introduced in 1870, they should not be confused. Note the griffon in the terminal's design.

Large Sugar Sifter (6 inches)

Pastry Fork (6 3/8 inches)

Solid Pickle Serving Knife (7 inches)

Large Berry Spoon (9 1/4 inches)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Floral Series #1 by Watson

The Watson Floral designs are in several series. This is only Floral Series #1. In addition to the designs shown here, within this series there are also Rose, Forget Me Not, Iris, Holly, Sweet Clover,Morning Glory and Fushia.

Buttercup - Series #1 (Five O'clock Teaspoon 5 inches)

Sweet Clover- Series #1 (Teaspoon 6 inches)

Orchid - Series #1 (Five O'clock Teaspoon 5 inches)

NarcissusSeries #1 (Five O'clock Teaspoon 5 inches)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Floral Series by Wallace

There are several "Series" patterns (meaning each piece had a different Floral design) by various silver companies. For the first, we look at the  Floral Series by Wallace. In addition to the designs shown here, included in the series were: Fushia, Passion Flower, Pine Cone, Morning Glory, and Yellow Jasmine.

Orchid (Youth Fork  6 1/4 inches)

Columbine (Teaspoon 5 7/8 inches)

Lily of the Valley (Teaspoon 5 7/8 inches)

Rose (Teaspoon 5 7/8 inches)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Silver Wheat by Reed and Barton

Williams L. Lafftery designed Silver Wheat for Reed and Barton in 1952. Lafftery was also the designer of Reed and Barton's Autumn Leaves pattern which was introduced in 1957. Like many of the patterns of the 1950's and early 60's it is a simple streamlined design. This one has the simple motif of a small wheat sheaf crossing the stem and edging up part of the terminal. The tomato server has the design of the wheat sheaf cut out on the blade.

Designer : William L Lafftery

Tomato Server (8 1/8 inches)

Fork (7 5/8  inches)

Pierced Table Serving Spoon (8 5/8 inches)

Lemon Fork (5 inches)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Kensington by Gorham

Gorham's Kensington pattern dates back to 1893. It is an elegant balanced pattern that has aged well. The terminal has a feather motif on the tip.

Preserve Spoon (7 7/8 inches)

Fish Fork (6 3/8  inches)

Master Butter Knife (7 1/2 inches)

Large Jelly Knife (8 inches)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tapestry by Reed and Barton

Reed and Barton introduced Tapestry in 1964. As I have commented often, there are few patterns in the second half on the 20th century that appeal to me. That said, I find this one simple but very elegant. It was designed by John Prip who also designed Contessina for Reed and Barton in 1965, which is another pattern I also admire for a newer design.

Tapestry has the simple lines of a flat ended terminal that leads to a plain thin stem. The terminal is heavily embossed like a deep piece of thick woven tapestry. The design tapers off as if the threads end at the top of the stem and then there is nothing else. It is simplicity at its best.

Cocktail Fork (5 5/8 inches)

Solid Jelly Server (6 1/4 inches)

Hollow Knife (9 inches)

Iced Tea Spoon (7 1/2 inches)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Medici Old by Gorham

Medici Old introduced by Gorham in 1880 is an incredibly ornate Multi Motif pattern. In the middle of the terminal of each piece is a different character. The design carries half way down the stem and is met with a strong pattern of straight lines that continues to the shoulder. 

Fork (7 5/8 inches)

Ice Cream Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

Gravy Ladle (6 3/4 inches)

French Hollow Knife (8 7/8 inches)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Floral Series #4 by Watson

Watson's Floral Series #4, is just a bit different from the others. This one sports a more "open" design on the terminal. Besides the ones shown here, other designs in this series include Lily of the Valley, Carnation, Holly, Narcissus, and Water Lily.

Water Lily (Dessert Fork 6 3/4 inches)

Easter Lily (Demitasse Spoon 3 1/2 inches)

Rose (Demitasse Spoon 3 1/2 inches)

Daisy (Teaspoon 5 3/4 inches)

Floral Series #6 by Watson

I could find reference to many designs in Watson's Floral Series #6, including Apple Blossom, 
 Buttercup, Cala Lily,Chrysanthemum, Columbine,DaisyEaster Lily, Forget Me Not,  Fushia, Golden Rod, Iris,Jessamine,   Morning Glory, Passion Flower,Pansy,  Pond Lily,Sweet Clover,  Sweet Pea,  Water Lily,  and Wild Rose. Like most of the Floral Series patterns, pieces are limited to teaspoons, Five O'Clock Spoons, Demitasse Spoons, Dessert Forks, Bon Bon Spoons, and Fruit/Orange Spoons. (And maybe a few other similar utensils.)

Five O'Clock Spoon

Teaspoon (5 7/8 inches)

Five O'Clock Spoon (5 1/2 inches)

Bon Bon Spoon (4 3/8 inches)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Royal Windsor by Towle

Towle introduced Royal Windsor in 1935. It was designed by Harold E. Nock  who also designed Virginia Carvel, Rambler Rose , and Chased Diana for Towle. The pattern is interesting in that the stem opens up with a floral design that reaches a fan design at the tip of the terminal.

Fork (7 3/8  inches)

Cream Soup Spoon (6 3/8  inches)

Roast Carving Fork (10 inches)

Pie Server  (10 3/8 inches)