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?

Monday, July 13, 2020

Eventide by Gorham

Gorhan's Eventide pattern dates back to 1936.

Sugar Spoon (6 inches)

Dinner Fork (7 /8 inches)

Flat Handle Master Butter Knife (7 1/8 inches)

Iced Teaspoon (7 1/4 inches)

Friday, July 10, 2020

Martini Stirer

A unique piece found in a few patterns, the Martini Stirer is for those who prefer their cocktails stirred rather than shaken.

Celery by Tiffany

Pea Pod by Tiffany

344 by John Hassellbring (12 1/8 inches)

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

A Spoon is Just a Spoon, Maybe Not

Like most pieces in a flatware pattern, there are 2 categories of spoons. There are the place spoons, used by individual diners, the pieces set at their 'places' at the table. And then there are the serving spoons. 

A diner often finds several pieces (in addition to their dinner fork, dinner knife, and teaspoon) at their place. The pieces are set per course, with each being removed between courses and replaced by the appropriate pieces for the following course. Most sterling silver flatware was designed during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. And it is true to say, a Victorian never found, a dish, a course, or a condiment that they could not design an appropriate utensil for. 

Why have "just" a pickle spoon when there are so many types of pickles and relishes and piccalilli, as well as olives and chow chow. Or a jelly spoon when there are jams and jellies and marmalade.  And, of course, one cannot use a "regular" teaspoon to serve coffee. Needless to say one has to consider whether it is 4 O'Clock  or 5 O'Clock. The 4 O'Clock spoon is for high tea, traditionally served at 4 pm and the 5 O'Clock spoon is for coffee served later in the afternoon. And a Demitasse spoon for coffee after dinner.

There are 4 types of soup spoons, each designed for a different consistency of soup. Whether it is Cream, Bouillon, or Gumbo, upon closer look one can see how each of the designs suits the soup. The Place Soup spoon is the most practical piece in a 5 piece place setting. It can be used for soup, a soft course such as jello or even as a serving spoon, if such is needed in a clutch.

And, so it goes. Now, not all patterns, in fact I think it is safe to say that few patterns, have all these different types of spoons. Most people find all the different pieces extravagant or useless. But, the Victorians had a sense of style. Using all the pieces for the appropriate courses slows down a meal, giving time for conversation and enjoyment. So my advice, if you find you have some of these unique pieces of sterling, use them for what they were designed. After all, a meal is not simply a means for subsistence, it is a time to enjoy good food and good company - Bon Appetite! 

 Coffees and Teas, Warm Beverages
4 O'Clock Spoon               
5 O'Clock Spoon                   
Coffee Spoon  
 Demitasse Spoon                  
Caffe Latte Spoon
Chocolate Spoon

Soup Spoons
Cream Soup Spoon            
Consomme Spoon
Bouillon Soup Spoon
Gumbo Soup Spoon
Place Soup Spoon

Children and Infant Spoons
Baby Spoon
Infant Feeding Spoon
Child's Spoon
Pap Spoon
Youth Spoon

Fruit Spoons
Citrus Spoon
Grapefruit Spoon
Strawberry Spoon
Fruit Cocktail Spoon

Dessert Spoons
Dessert Spoon
Ice Cream Spoon
Parfait Spoon
Pudding Spoon
Sherbet Spoon
Sorbet Spoon

Hors d' oeuvre and Aperitif Spoons
Caviar Spoon
Hors d' oeuvre Spoon

Individual Condiment and Tea Spoons
Iced Tea Spoon
Salt Spoon
Tea Caddy Spoon
Tea Infuser Spoon

Misc Place Spoons
Egg Spoon
Terrapin Spoon
Duck Spoon

Monday, July 6, 2020

Modern American by Lunt

Lunt's Modern American pattern dates back to 1928. It is Art Deco in design and was created by Eric Magnussen.

Dinner Fork (7 1/8 inches)

Gorham Silver Modern American (Sterling, 1928) Fork 

Friday, July 3, 2020

American Colonial by Amston

Amston introduced their American  Colonial pattern in 1949. 

Baby Fork (4 3/8 inches)

Amston American Colonial (Sterling, 1949) Baby Fork

Dinner Knife (HH) (9 inches)

Amston American Colonial (Sterling, 1949) New French Hollow Knife

Small Steak Carving Fork (9 inches)

Amston American Colonial (Sterling, 1949) Small Steak Carving Fork with Stainless Prongs

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Tulipan by Frank Smith

Frank Smith's Tulipan pattern dates back to 1933.

Cream Soup (6 inches)

Frank Smith Tulipan (Sterling, 1933) Round Bowl Soup Spoon (Cream Soup)

Short Handle Pickle Fork (6 inches)

Frank Smith Tulipan (Sterling, 1933) Short Handle Pickle/Olive Fork

Pastry Server (9 3/4 inches)

Frank Smith Tulipan (Sterling, 1933) Pastry Server with Stainless Blade

Monday, June 29, 2020

Golden Age by Frank Smith

A unique pattern, Golden Age by Frank Smith dates back to 1947.

Dinner Knife (8 1/2 inches)
Frank Smith Golden Age (Sterling, 1947) Modern Hollow Knife

Teaspoon (6 1/4 inches)

Frank Smith Golden Age (Sterling, 1947) Teaspoon

Friday, June 26, 2020

Georgian Garland by Frank Smith

Formerly known as Isleworth, Frank Smith introduced Georgian Garland in 1914,

Bon Bon Spoon (4 5/8 inches)

Frank Smith Georgian Garland (Sterling, 1914) Solid Bon Bon Spoon W/Pierced Bowl

Pie Server (10 3/4 inches)

Frank Smith Georgian Garland (Sterling, 1914) Pie Server with Silverplate Blade

Dinner Fork (7 3/8 inches)

Frank Smith Georgian Garland (Sterling, 1914) Fork

Sugar Tongs (4 3/8 inches)

Frank Smith Georgian Garland (Sterling, 1914) Small Sugar Tongs

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cellini by Frank Smith

In 1890, Frank Smith introduced their Cellini pattern. This is one of those patterns that is greatly enhanced with a monogram. Note the difference between these 2 pieces which is remarkable with the only difference in the designs is that one is engraved.

Demitasse Spoon (4 inches

Frank Smith Cellini (Sterling, 1890) Demitasse Spoon

Dinner Fork (7 5/8 inches)

Frank Smith Cellini (Sterling, 1890) Fork

Monday, June 22, 2020

Adrienne by Frank Smith

Frank Smith introduced their Adrienne pattern in 1919. It is a fairly simple desig.

Pastry Fork (6 1/8 inches)
Frank Smith Adrienne (Sterling, 1919) Pastry Fork

Pie Server (10 inches)

Frank Smith Adrienne (Sterling, 1919) Pie Server with Stainless Blade