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 31, 2014

Devon by Reed and Barton

Devon, introduced in 1911 by Reed and Barton, is a fairly simple but elegant pattern with a leaf motif at the tip of the terminal. The edge of the end of the terminal is decorated with (what look to be) minute versions of the leaf motif also. A double line gracefully outlines the stem.

Cold Meat Serving Fork (8 5/8 inches)

Sugar Tongs (4 1/2 inches)

Long Handle Olive Spoon (8 1/8 inches)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dorothy Quincy by Reed and Barton

Just in case anyone asked Dorothy Quincy was the wife of one of our founding fathers - John Hancock. And Reed and Barton honored her with a sterling pattern in her name. So we have Dorothy Quincy introduced in 1912. It is a very feminine pattern with a design on the terminal that continues to the top of the stem. 

Ice Cream Fork (5 inches)

Old French Hollow Knife (9 5/8 inches)

Sugar Tongs (3 3/4 inches)

Monday, October 27, 2014

La Touraine by Reed and Barton

La Touraine, introduced by Reed and Barton in 1895 is a pattern with a heavy beaded design. It is patterns like this that so represent the Victorian era with the substantial heft, serious design, and art work at the shoulder, midway up the stem, and on the terminal.

Toast Serving Fork (7 1/4 inches)

Master Salt Spoon (3 1/2 inches)

Crumber (12 5/8 inches)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Saint George by Reed and Barton

Dating back to 1918, Reed and Barton's Saint George pattern is fairly simple, especially when compared to Wallace's much more ornate pattern of the same name. However the detail on the tip of the terminal and the very end of the stem make it an elegant pattern. 

Small Tomato Server (6 3/8 inches)

Preserve Spoon (7 3/4 inches)

Small Chipped Beef Fork (6 3/8 inches)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tree of Life by Reed and Barton

Another "modern" pattern, Tree of Life by Reed Barton only dates back to1974 but the intricate design on the flat handle is intriguing. The motif  is one of a tree with branches, flowers, and birds.  

Fork (7 5/8 inches)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Onslow Patterns

Onslow is a name used in several patterns by several companies that look somewhat similar. I am going to do my best to sort them out. 

Onslow by Tuttle dates back to 1931 (Luncheon Fork 7 3/8 inches)

Onslow by CJ Vander (Dinner Fork 8 inches)  Note the CJ Vander pattern has deeper lines, a thinner terminal and more pronounced fluting.

English Oslow by Wallace (Dinner Fork 8 1/2 inches) demonstrates even wider divide in the lines and more pronounced fluting.

I also found references to other patterns with strikingly similar designs including Onslow by Dominick and Haff, English Onslow (1969) by Worcester, and Onslow-Georgian Scroll (1935) by A.J. Stone. In all my research into sterling flatware I have yet to find a name used so many times by so many manufacturers for patterns that were so similar yet each unique.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Williams and Mary by Lunt

Lunt introduced their William and Mary pattern in 1921. It was designed by Frederick W. Koonz. He (Koonz) also designed the patterns: Modern Victorian (1931), American Victorian (1941), and Charles II for Lunt. I could find a reference to a William and Mary pattern by CJ Vander but no examples nor any other information. Lunt's William and Mary pattern is extremely simple with a very thin decorated edge around the entire stem from the shoulder to the terminal and back.

Salad Fork (6 inches)

Small Tomato Server (7 5/8 inches)

Cracker Spoon (7 5/8 inches)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kings II by JE Caldwell / Gorham

 Kings II was originally introduced by JE Caldwell in 1885 then later continued to be offered by Gorham after Caldwell was bought by Gorham.

Oval Soup Spoon (7 1/4 inches)

Knife with Bolster ( 10 5/8 inches) 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Candlelight by Towle

Harold E. Nock designed Candlelight for Towle in 1934. He also designed Royal Windsor (1935), Virginia Carvel (1919), Rambler Rose (1937), and Chased Diana (1925). This pattern has the lines of a more modern pattern. A plain straight panel runs from the shoulder to the tip of the terminal, along both sides of which is a delicate design of leaves and small blossoms.

Iced Teaspoon (8 1/8 inches)

Ice Cream Fork (5 5/8 inches)

Small Tomato Server (6 1/2 inches)

Hollow Handle Cheese Pick (7 3/4 inches)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Floral Series #5 by Watson

Watson's Floral Series #5 is a very detailed open design from the terminal all the way to the shoulder of each piece. Other designs within this pattern include: Apple Blossom, Buttercup, Clover, Columbine, Hops, Iris, Lily of the Valley, Morning Glory, Narcissus,Passion Flower, Pond Lily, Poppy, Snow Drop, Sweet Clover, Sweet Pea, Water Lily, and Wild Rose.

Daisy (Teaspoon 5 7/8 inches)

Carnation (Teaspoon 5 7/8 inches)

Violet (Dessert Fork 6 3/8 inches)

Chrysanthemum (Dessert Fork 6 3/8 inches)

Rose  (Dessert Fork 6 3/8 inches)