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, July 18, 2016

Monticello by Lunt

George C. Lunt designed the pattern Monticello and Lunt introduced it in 1908. 

Fork (7 1/2 inches)





Butter Spreader (5 1/2 inches)



Large Sardine Fork ( 4 7/8 inches)



Salt Spoon (2 1/4 inches)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Luxembourg by Gorham

This very ornate pattern, Luxembourg, was introduced by Gorham in 1893.

Strawberry Fork (4 1/4 inches)



Knife (8 1/2 inches)



Demitasse Spoon (4 1/4 inches)



Small Sugar Tongs (4 1/8 inches)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fried Oyster Server (Part 2)


The Fried Oyster Server is another serving piece that is usually ornate. I have posted earlier on this piece.

Imperial Queen by Whiting (8 3/4 inches)




Old Colonial by Towle (8 1/4 inches)




Duke of York by Whiting (8 1/4 inches)



Lily by Whiting (8 1/2 inches)

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Rose by Wallace

Henry L. Wallace designed Wallace's Rose pattern. It was introduced in 1898 and is a sweet design of small roses decorating the edge of the terminal and the bottom of the stem of each piece.

Macaroni Server (10 inches)



Cheese Scoop (8 5/8 inches)




Fish Fork (6 7/8 inches)



Ice Cream Fork (5 1/8 inches)


Friday, July 1, 2016

La Reine by Reed and Barton

Reed and Barton introduced their La Reine pattern in 1893. It is of the Rococo style.

Salad Fork (6 1/8 inches)





Jelly Cake Server (9 7/8 inches)




Ice Cream Spoon (5 1/4 inches)




Cucumber Server (6 1/2 inches)


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Solid Waffle Server Part 3

I posted on the Solid Waffle Server earlier. Some of these pieces are beautiful examples of the design of their respective pattern.

Imperial Chrysanthemum by Gorham (7 7/8 inches)

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Chrysanthemum by Durgin (8 1/8 inches)

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Violet by Wallace   (8 1/8 inches)

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Chantilly by Gorham (7 7/8 inches)


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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Ham Slicer Knife

The Ham Slicer Knife is a utility piece that may or may not be found in any given pattern.


Repousse by Kirk Stieff (15 3/4 inches)




Old Master by Towle (14 3/4 inches)

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Southwind by Towle (16 1/4 inches)

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Cwv4 by Crown Silver Co.  (12 1/4 inches)


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Monday, June 27, 2016

Waverly by Wallace

Waverly by Wallace dates back to 1890 and is Rococo in style.


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

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Fork (7 1/2 inches)

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Small Fish Fork (6 5/8 inches)

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Lucerne by Wallace

An old pattern by Wallace, Lucerne dates back to 1896. 


Individual Salt Spoon (2 1/2 inches)




One Tine Butter Pick (6 inches)



Salad Fork (5 3/4 inches)


Bon Bon Tongs (3 1/8 inches)









Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cloeta by International

International's Cloeta pattern has a design graced by grapes. It is a really beautiful pattern that dates back to 1904.


Teaspoon (6 inches)

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Medium Cold Meat Serving Fork (8 3/4 inches)

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Fruit/Orange Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

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