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?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Richmond by Alvin

A second Richmond pattern is that introduced b Alvin in 1929. This design is quite simple with a beaded edge and a pointed terminal with a small star like symbol on it.

Fruit Spoon (5 3/4 inches)

Fruit/orange Spoon

Hollow Handled Knife (9 3/4 inches)

Old French Hollow Knife With Bolster

Old Style Pickle Fork (5 3/4 inches)

Old Style Pickle Fork

Bob Bon Spoon (4 3/8 inches)

Bon Bon Spoon Solid

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Demitasse Spoon Part 3 (2 posted 8/4/14)

Chantilly, Etruscan, Louis XV, Old Colonial, Poppy, Bridal Rose, King Edward, Nuremburg,  WDS-10, 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Richmond by Towle

There are at least 3 Richmond patterns. This is the one by Towle. It was introduced in 1901. While the pattern itself is decorative and attractive with a balanced flourish on the tip of the terminal, double edge around the stem and terminal, and detail at the bottom of the stem, it is nothing special. However, the serving pieces are exquisite. The details on the tine on the butter pick, the shoulder and tines on the beef fork, and the design on the berry spoon (which is an enlargement of the flourish on the tip of the terminal) turn this into a simply beautiful pattern by Towle.

One Tine Butter Pick  (7 1/2 inches)

One Tine Butter Pick

Medium Chipped Beef Fork (7 3/8 inches)
Medium Chipped Beef Fork

Hollow Handled Dinner Knife  (9 1/4 inches)

Old French Hollow Knife With Bolster

Small Berry Spoon (8 inches)

Small Solid Berry/casserole Spoon

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wave Edge by Tiffany

Wave Edge was introduced by Tiffany in 1884 and is another pattern designed by Charles Grosjean. He also designed one of Tiffany's mixed metal pattern, Chrysanthemum (1880), and Lap over Edge in . And Lap over Edge (1880 ) one of Tiffany's more detailed and complex patterns.

Sugar Sifter (7 inches)
Large Sugar Sifter

Fish Fork (6 1/2 inches)
Fish Fork Solid Individual Old Style

Large Ice Cream Slicer ( inches)
Large Solid Ice Cream Slicer

Fruit Spoon ( 6 1/8 inches)
Fruit/orange Spoon

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Old Style Ice Cream Spoon Part 3

Here are more examples of Old Style Ice Cream Spoons. I have posted on them before. Tiffany seems to be the prevailing company to have these in their patterns. 

Richelieu by Tiffany (5 1/2 inches)

Wave Edge by Tiffany (5 5/8 inches)

Colonial by Tiffany 

English King by Tiffany (5 3/8 inches)

Monday, July 14, 2014

George VI by Frank Smith (aka Richfield)..

George VI was introduced by Frank Smith in 1912 and originally called Richfield. The pattern is a well balanced design, heavy on the terminal end.

Lemon Fork (4 7/8 inches)
Lemon Fork

Fork (7 5/8 inches)

Five O'Clock Teaspoon (5 3/8 inches)

Five O’clock Teaspoon

Hollow Handle Knife (9 7/8 inches)
Old French Hollow Knife With Bolster

Friday, July 11, 2014

Crystal by Frank Smith

Frank Smith introduced Crystal in 1895, then (from what I glean reintroduced it in 1922). The pattern is a design of heavy scroll work, but in a masculine way. 

Sugar Shell (5 3/8 inches)
Sugar Shell Spoon

Gravy Ladle (7 inches)

Gravy Ladle, Solid Piece

Five O'Clock Spoon (5 1/4  inches)

Five O’clock Teaspoon

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gothic by Shiebler

George W. Shiebler introduced Gothic sometime between 1890 and 1899. The pattern is a solid heavy design of scroll work. But its weight does not take away from its beauty. This is a lovely pattern. This pattern is vaguely similar but much more ornate than Dominick and Haff's Gothic patter.

Solid Nut Pick (4 7/8 inches)
Solid Nut Pick

Sardine Serving Fork (4 5/8 inches)

Small Solid Tined Sardine Serving Fork

Butter Spreader  (5 5/8 inches)

Flat Handle Butter Spreader

Oyster Fork (6 1/8  inches)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Helena by Blackinton

Helena by Blackinton was introduced in 1900. The terminal has a beaded aged with a "flourished" design on the tip. There is another design element that separates the terminal from the stem and the stem itself is contours and widens at the base for another design motif. The serving pieces are very beautifully detailed in their design.

Preserve Spoon  ( inches)

Preserve Spoon

Small Meat Serving Fork (  inches)

Small Solid Cold Meat Serving Fork

Short Handled Olive Spoon  ( inches)

Pierced Bowl Short Handle Olive Spoon

Pierced Almond Spoon ( inches)

Pierced Almond Spoon

Friday, July 4, 2014

Miss America by Alvin

Miss America was introduced by Alvin in 1902. Axel H. Staf designed the pattern for the company. Given the first  "Miss America" pageant was not held until 1921, I am afraid this pattern is in no way related, unless Alvin was ahead of its time. The pattern is distinguished with a simple border around the terminal and stem then with a simple reeded motif down the bottom of the stem.

Oyster Fork (5 3/8  inches)

Oyster Fork

Pierced Table serving Spoon (8 1/2 inches)

Pierced Tablespoon (serving Spoon)

Flat Handle Butter Spreader (5 3/4 inches)

Flat Handle Butter Spreader

Salad Fork (6 1/2 inches)

Individual Salad Fork