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, September 19, 2014

Kensington by Gorham

Gorham's Kensington pattern dates back to 1893. It is an elegant balanced pattern that has aged well. The terminal has a feather motif on the tip.

Preserve Spoon (7 7/8 inches)

Fish Fork (6 3/8  inches)

Master Butter Knife (7 1/2 inches)

Large Jelly Knife (8 inches)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tapestry by Reed and Barton

Reed and Barton introduced Tapestry in 1964. As I have commented often, there are few patterns in the second half on the 20th century that appeal to me. That said, I find this one simple but very elegant. It was designed by John Prip who also designed Contessina for Reed and Barton in 1965, which is another pattern I also admire for a newer design.

Tapestry has the simple lines of a flat ended terminal that leads to a plain thin stem. The terminal is heavily embossed like a deep piece of thick woven tapestry. The design tapers off as if the threads end at the top of the stem and then there is nothing else. It is simplicity at its best.

Cocktail Fork (5 5/8 inches)

Solid Jelly Server (6 1/4 inches)

Hollow Knife (9 inches)

Iced Tea Spoon (7 1/2 inches)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Medici Old by Gorham

Medici Old introduced by Gorham in 1880 is an incredibly ornate Multi Motif pattern. In the middle of the terminal of each piece is a different character. The design carries half way down the stem and is met with a strong pattern of straight lines that continues to the shoulder. 

Fork (7 5/8 inches)

Ice Cream Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

Gravy Ladle (6 3/4 inches)

French Hollow Knife (8 7/8 inches)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Floral Series #4 by Watson

Watson's Floral Series #4, is just a bit different from the others. This one sports a more "open" design on the terminal. Besides the ones shown here, other designs in this series include Lily of the Valley, Carnation, Holly, Narcissus, and Water Lily.

Water Lily (Dessert Fork 6 3/4 inches)

Easter Lily (Demitasse Spoon 3 1/2 inches)

Rose (Demitasse Spoon 3 1/2 inches)

Daisy (Teaspoon 5 3/4 inches)

Floral Series #6 by Watson

I could find reference to many designs in Watson's Floral Series #6, including Apple Blossom, 
 Buttercup, Cala Lily,Chrysanthemum, Columbine,DaisyEaster Lily, Forget Me Not,  Fushia, Golden Rod, Iris,Jessamine,   Morning Glory, Passion Flower,Pansy,  Pond Lily,Sweet Clover,  Sweet Pea,  Water Lily,  and Wild Rose. Like most of the Floral Series patterns, pieces are limited to teaspoons, Five O'Clock Spoons, Demitasse Spoons, Dessert Forks, Bon Bon Spoons, and Fruit/Orange Spoons. (And maybe a few other similar utensils.)

Five O'Clock Spoon

Teaspoon (5 7/8 inches)

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

Bon Bon Spoon (4 3/8 inches)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Royal Windsor by Towle

Towle introduced Royal Windsor in 1935. It was designed by Harold E. Nock  who also designed Virginia Carvel, Rambler Rose , and Chased Diana for Towle. The pattern is interesting in that the stem opens up with a floral design that reaches a fan design at the tip of the terminal.

Fork (7 3/8  inches)

Cream Soup Spoon (6 3/8  inches)

Roast Carving Fork (10 inches)

Pie Server  (10 3/8 inches)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pomona by Towle

Towle introduced Pomona, a multi-motif pattern in 1887. The terminal is decorated with a design of apples, pears, and grapes. The stem is a vine and leaves making its way down to the shoulder. Some of the serving pieces have elaborate etchings of fruit in the bowls and scoops.

Oyster Fork (6 1/8  inches)

Sugar Spoon (5 5/8  inches)

Master Butter Knife (7 1/4 inches)

Cheese Scoop (5 6/8 inches)

Multi Motif

Monday, September 8, 2014

Saint Leon by Wallace

Saint Leon by Wallace (1890) is a lovely pattern with a flower and leaf motif in the design. It is beautiful detailed pattern.

Teaspoon (5 7/8 inches)


Ice Cream Spoon (5 inches)

Ice Cream Spoon Individual

Sugar Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

Sugar Spoon

Oyster Fork 

Oyster Fork

Friday, September 5, 2014

Romance of the Sea by Wallace

Romance of the Sea by Wallace is yet another pattern designed by William Warren (who also designed Rose Point,  Sir Christopher, Grand Baroque  and Orchid Elegance).This is another example of Warren's excellent work. He can bring the memory of the great art nouveau period to a sterling pattern even in the 1950's when most patterns are bland and trying to stay modest. The lovely wave motif on the tip of the terminal and the design on the shoulder of the pieces speak for themselves.

Cocktail Fork (7 1/4 inches)

Solid Jelly Server (6 1/2 inches)

Steak Knife ( 9 inches)

Casserole Shell Spoon (9 inches)

Casserole Spoon With Stainless Shell Bowl

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Orchid Elegance by Wallace

Wallace introduced their Orchid Elegance pattern in 1956. It is one on many sterling flatware patterns named "Orchid". It is also one the patterns designed for Wallace by William Warren. Other patterns designed by him include Rose Point,  Sir Christopher, his pièce de résistance   Grand Baroque  . For a modern pattern this one is  much more beautiful than most. The orchid on the end is reminisce of the art nouveau patterns of the height of sterling design. The clean lines with the subtle twist of the stem and lines on the different pieces set it apart from the modern very plain pieces of the 50's.

Infant Feeding Spoon ( 5 1/2 inches)

Salad Serving Fork (9 1/4 inches)

Sugar Tongs (4 1/4 inches)

Butter Spreader (6 1/4 inches)