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 7, 2020

Melrose by Gorham

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).


Short Handle Olive Fork (5 1/4 inches)
Gorham Silver Melrose (Sterling, 1948, No Monograms) Short Handle Pickle/Olive Fork

Mustard Spoon (5 inches)

Gorham Silver Melrose (Sterling, 1948, No Monograms) Mustard Spoon

Fish Fork (HH) (7 /4 inches)
Gorham Silver Melrose (Sterling, 1948, No Monograms) Individual Hollow Fish Fork, Stainless Tines

Tomato Server (8 1/8 inches)

Gorham Silver Melrose (Sterling, 1948, No Monograms) Tomato Server, Solid Piece


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Louvre by George Shiebler

Another old pattern by Shiebler, Louvre dates back to 1890.

One Tine Butter Pick (6 1/4 inches)

George W Shiebler Louvre (Sterling, 1890) One Tine Butter Pick
Large Cheese Scoop (7 1/4 inches)
George W Shiebler Louvre (Sterling, 1890) Large Cheese Scoop, Solid Piece

Small Sugar Tongs (4 1/2 inches)

George W Shiebler Louvre (Sterling, 1890) Small Sugar Tongs

Vegetable Serving Fork (9 1/2 inches)
George W Shiebler Louvre (Sterling, 1890) Vegetable Serving Fork (Solid)


Monday, August 3, 2020

Diamond by George Shiebler

George Shiebler's Diamond pattern dates back to 1860.

Master Salt Spoon (3 1/2 inches)

George W Shiebler Diamond (Sterling, 1860) Master Salt Spoon


Table Serving Spoon (8 3/4 inches)

George W Shiebler Diamond (Sterling, 1860) Tablespoon (Serving Spoon)

Friday, July 31, 2020

Marie Antoinette by Alvin

One of several patterns of the same name, Alvin's Marie Antoinette was introduced in 1910.

Toast Serving Fork (7 1/2 inches)
Alvin Marie Antoinette (Sterling, 1890-1910) Solid Toast Serving Fork

Seafood Fork (5 5/8 inches)
Alvin Marie Antoinette (Sterling, 1890-1910) Cocktail/Seafood Fork

Fruit Orange Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

Alvin Marie Antoinette (Sterling, 1890-1910) Fruit/Orange Spoon

Salad Fork (6 1/2 inches)

Alvin Marie Antoinette (Sterling, 1890-1910) Individual Salad Fork

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Windsor Manor by Watson

Watson's Windsor Manor "only" dates back to 1940.

Lemon Fork (4 1/2 inches)
Watson Windsor Manor (Sterling, 1940) Lemon Fork

Small Sugar Tongs (3 7/8 inches)
Watson Windsor Manor (Sterling, 1940) Small Sugar Tongs

Small Casserole Spoon (7 3/4 inches)

Watson Windsor Manor (Sterling, 1940) Small Solid Berry/Casserole Spoon



Monday, July 27, 2020

Lotus by Gorham

Lotus by Gorham is a rather unique. It dates back to 1865.


Small Punch Ladle (11 5/8 inches)

Youth Tea Fork (6 1/2 inches)

Ice Cream Spoon (6 1/8 inches)


Sugar Tongs (5 1/2 inches)


Friday, July 24, 2020

Tongs

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.

Asparagus Serving Tong
Asparagus Tong - Individual
Bon Bon Tong
Caviar Tong
Chicken Tong
Ice Tong
Lemon Juicing Tong
Mechanical Asparagus Tong
Olive Tong
Oyster Tong
Pasta Serving Tongs
Pastry Tongs
Petit Four Tong
Pickle Tong
Salad Serving Tong
Salad Tong
Sandwich Tong
Sardine Tong
Scissor Tong
Serving Tong
Sugar Tong
Tete a Tete Tongs
Toast Tongs
Tongs

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Laurel by Gorham

Gorham introduced their Laurel pattern in 1885.

Jelly Spoon (7 inches)


Dinner Fork (7 1/4 inches)


Pie Knife (9 1/4 inches)

Monday, July 20, 2020

Lady Washington by Gorham

Another one of Gorham's older patterns. Lady Washington pattern was introduced in 1876.

Individual Fish Fork (7 1/8 inches)

Teaspoon (5 3/4 inches)

Friday, July 17, 2020

H 350 by Gorham

Another one of Gorham's "H" pattern, H350 is a beautiful example of sterling flatware with a floral pattern.