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?
J. Russell Price designed Melrose for Gorham. The pattern was introduced in 1948. Price also designed King Edward for Gorham (1936), Chapel Bells for Alvin (1939), Epic for Gorham (1941), as well as Greenbrier for Gorham (1938).
Among-st the various sterling flatware patterns, there are 24 different types of Tongs. In all my research there are many of these I have never stumbled upon. Also, I am sure that a few of these are just different names for the same utensil. Any way, in the spirit of the Victorians and their fear of having a dish or food without a unique utensil designed for it, here is the list of Tongs.