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, 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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Monday, June 20, 2016

Bridal Rose by Alvin

Alvin's Bridal Rose dates back to 1903 and is one of my all time favorite patterns. The design is very distinct and bold with a rose on the terminal tip and other roses and vine on the stem. There is a nice place for a monogram on the terminal.

Pie Fork (6 inches)




Large Cucumber Server (6 1/2 inches)



Egg Spoon (4 1/8 inches)





Food Pusher (3 7/8 inches)





Confection Spoon Part 2

The Confection Spoon is a lovely piece I have posted on earlier.

Norfolk Villa by Gorham (5 1/2 inches)



Old English by  Towle (7 inches)



Imperial Queen by Whiting (5 1/2 inches)



Poppy by Gorham (4 1/2 inches)




Friday, June 17, 2016

Empress by International

Alfred G. Kintz designed Empress for International and it was introduced in 1932. The design has Art Deco lines. Kintz also designed Wedgewood pattern in 1924 and co-designed Springtime in 1935, both for International.

Sugar Tongs (4 1/4 inches)



Cold Meat Serving Fork (7 3/4 inches)



Salad Serving Spoon (11 1/8 inches)




Sugar Shell (6 1/4 inches)




Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Toast Serving Fork Part 2

These are some examples of the Toast Serving Fork, which I have posted on earlier. It should not be confused with the Toast Server which is a different piece.

Wedding Rose by Watson (7 5/8 inches)

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Bridal Rose by Alvin (7 3/8 inches)

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Revere by International (7 3/8 inches)



Mount Vernon by Lunt (7 1/4 inches)

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Oval Twist

Whiting's Oval Twist is a unique pattern that dates back to 1880. The lines are clean and simple yet very sophisticated.

Overcup Tea Strainer (6 inches)



Sugar Spoon (6 inches)



Master Salt Spoon (3 5/8 inches)



Pie Fork (6 1/4 inches)




Friday, June 10, 2016

Trianon by International

Another of the International patterns designed by Alfred G. Kintz, Trianon, introduced in 1921, joins the list of  Pantheon (1920)Wedgewood (1924), Trousseau (1934), Springtime (1935), Empress (1935), Splendor (1939), Royal Danish (1939),  and Joan of Arc (1940) that Kintz designed.


Orange Spoon (6 inches)


Pea Serving spoon (8 1/2 inches)



Egg Server (9 inches)


Fork (7 1/4 inches)