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, October 21, 2016

Litchfield by International

Litchfield was introduced in 1898 by International and like many patterns of the Victorian Era, it is stylist, elegant, and ornate. This was truly the Golden Age of Sterling flatware - so to speak.

Sugar Shell (5 7/8 inches)

Short Handled Pierced Olive Spoon (6  1/8 Inches)

Medium Cold Meat Serving Fork  (8 1/2 inches)

Ice Cream Slicer (10 3/4 inches)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pie Fork - Part 2

Another post about Pie Forks (I posted earlier).

Lily of the Valley by Whiting (7 3/8 inches)
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Olympian by Tiffany (6 1/8 inches)

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Francis I by Alvin (6 inches)

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Violet by Whiting (6 1/4 inches)

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Splendor by International

International introduced their Splendor pattern in 1939. For a pattern of the late thirties, this is a very pretty pattern.  It was one of Alfred G. Kintz's many designs for the company. Other International patterns Kintz designed included Empress (1932) and  Wedgewood  (1924) and he co-designed Springtime (1935).

Fork (7 1/4 inches)

French Hollow Knife (9 1/4 inches)

Cream Soup Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Lafayette by Towle

Towle introduced their Lafayette pattern in 1905. It joins the list of patterns baring the Lafayette named put out by many other companies, Baker Manchester (1898, Holmes and Edwards (1908), and Mount Vernon. Unlike the other Lafayette patterns which are fairly ornate, Baker Manchester's in very plain. It reminds me of a Colonial style pattern.

Ice Cream Fork (5 3/8 inches)

One Tine Butter Pick (5 3/8 inches)

Large Asparagus Serving Fork (10 3/4 inches)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Van Buren by Baker-Manchester

In 1916 Baker Manchester introduced their Van Buren Pattern. It is a simple pattern with a double edge design and a petite design on the tip of the terminal.

Small Nut Serving Spoon (6 3/8 inches)

Cream Ladle (6 1/2 inches)

Medium Cold Meat Serving Fork (7 1/2 inches)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Cellini by Gorham

Cellini is a popular pattern name in sterling silver flatware. By my count there are at least seven patterns with the name. Of course it would make sense to name a design in honor of the great 16th century Italian goldsmith, sculptor, draftsman, soldier, musician, and artist Benvenuto Cellini, who was also known for his poetry.

That said,  Gorham's Cellini pattern dates back to 1915. It has straight clean lines.

Fish Fork (6 inches)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Trousseau by International

A unique clean art deco pattern, International's Trousseau was designed in 1934
by Alfred G. Kintz. He also designed International patterns Empress (1932) and  Wedgewood  (1924) and co-designed Springtime (1935).

Cold Meat Serving Fork (9 inches)

Pie Server (10 inches)

Round (Gumbo) Soup Spoon (7 1/4 inches) 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Kings I by Gorham

It is said that the devil is in the details. And often those details are very subtle. In preparing to post on Kings I by Gorham, I had to revisit earlier posts on  Kings II by Gorham  and Kings III by Gorham/Caldwell . In fact the subtlety can get down right confusing. Let's review. 

Kings II by Gorham (1885)


Kings III by Gorham (1885)

And, then the pattern I am posting on today: Kings I by Gorham (1875)

In looking at Kings I you see that it is the oldest and by far the simplest of the three. Of all the patterns I have seen, I do not recall seeing three patterns like this that have such similar, yet small changes. 

Fork (7 1/2 inches)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Louis XIV by Towle

In 1924 Towle introduced its Louis XIV that was designed by Harold E. Nock.    Other Patterns also credited to Nock include: OldLace (1939)D'Orleans 
(1932), Candlelight (1934), Royal Windsor (1935), Virginia Carvel (1919), Rambler Rose (1937), Chased Diana (1925), Old Master (1942), Lady Constance,  and Lady Mary.

Gumbo - Round Soup Bowl (6 7/8 inches)

Large Lettuce Fork (9 inches)

Salt Spoon (2 5/8 inches)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ice Serving Tongs Part 2 (

Another look at Ice Serving Tongs, like I posted before some have claw tongs and others not.

Chesterfield by Gorham (6 3/4 inches)

Buckingham by Gorham (6 3/4 inches)

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Lancaster by Gorham (6 5/8 inches)

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Old Master by Towle (8 3/8 inches)

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