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 20, 2017

Fleur de Lis by Newburyport

 Another Fleur de Lis pattern, this is Newburyport's Fleur de Lis pattern. Like Durgin's pattern of the same name it has the design of the name on the terminal, but with a beaded edge.

Lettuce Serving Fork (7 1/2 inches)

Long Handle Chocolate Muddler Spoon (7 1/8 inches)

Fork (7 3/8 inches)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fleur De Lis by Durgin

There are several sterling patterns with this name. An example is Fleur de Lis by Alvin which posted on earlier. Here is Fleur de Lis by Durgin with the named design on the terminal.

Salad Fork (6 1/4 inches)

Butter Spreader (5 3/8 inches)

Pap/Fruit Spoon (5 3/4 inches)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Essex by Durgin

Essex is a popular sterling pattern name. I posted on Essex by Knowles and Essex by Towle earlier. The following are examples of Essex by Durgin that dates back to 1911.

Bon Bon Tongs (3 3/4 inches)

Pastry Server (8 7/8 inches)

Lemon Fork (5 1/8 inches)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Old Standish by Durgin

 Durgin introduced Old Standish in 1901. It was designed by  William B. Durgin, himself.

Butter Pick (6 3/8 inches)

Fork (7 3/4 inches)

Horseradish Serving Scoop (6 3/8 inches)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Modern Colonial by Alvin

There are many "Colonial" patterns. This Alvin's Modern Colonial, designed for Alvin by Alex H. Staf and introduced in 1928. In 1902 Staf also designed Miss America for Alvin.

Designer : Axel H. Staf

Pie Server (10 inches)

Boullion Soup Spoon (5 1/8 inches)

Sugar Tongs (4 5/8 inches)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Shell by Durgin

Another old pattern by Durgin. Shell, dating back to 1890 is both a familiar name and a popular design among silver patterns.

Strawberry Fork (4 7/8 inches)

Oval Soup Spoon (7 inches)

Asparagus Serving Fork (9 1/8 inches)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sheath of Wheat by Durgin

An old pattern dating back to 1887, Durgin's Sheaf of Wheat  was formerly known as "Tip of Sheaf".

Cream Soup Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

Individual Fish Knife (8 1/4 inches)

Salad Fork (7 1/4 inches)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Orange Blossom New and Old Orange Blossom by Alvin

I found this fascinating. There are often popular names used in sterling flatware patterns. Different companies will release patterns with the same name, each being unique. For example there are 5 patterns named "Rose" alone. And over 200 with the word "Rose" in the name. Each being distinct from the others. There are 6 different patterns named "Orange Blossom" alone with totally different designs.

There also some patterns, companies have introduced twice, with different manufacturing markings, but the design itself it the same or the difference so minuscule, the common eye cannot tell the difference.  

Orange Blossom by Alvin is unique in that the "Old Orange Blossom" was introduced in 1905. Then in 1920, "Orange Blossom New" was introduced. However the patterns are entirely different. 

Old Orange Blossom (1905) (Knife 9 3/4 inches)

Orange Blossom New (1920)  (Knife 9 3/4 inches)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Navarre by Durgin

Durgin's Navarre pattern goes back to 1909. This a very popular name among silversmiths. Lunt's Navarre dates back to1893.    Watson's Navarre dates back to 1908. I have also seen reference to a Navarre pattern by Towle, but cannot find anything else about it.

Fork (7 3/4 inches)

Bouillon Soup Spoon (5 3/8 inches)

Oyster Fork (5 1/2 inches)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fashion Lane by Durgin

Durgin's Fashion Lane was introduced in 1955. The pattern is fairly simple with just a slight design at the edge of the terminal that ends into a lined edge down the stem.

Fork (7 1/4 inches)

Teaspoon (5 7/8 inches)