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, November 30, 2015

Riviera by International

International introduced their Riviera pattern in 1936. 

Bouillon Soup (5 1/2 inches)

Steak Carving Knife (10 inches)

Tomato Server (8 inches)

Cocktail Fork (5 1/2 inches)

Friday, November 27, 2015

Buckingham by Gorham

Gorham introduced their Buckingham pattern in 1909. The lines on the pattern are very similar to their most popular Chantilly pattern.

Salad Fork (6 3/8 inches)

Ramekin Fork (4 3/4 inches)

Olive Fork (5 1/2 inches)

Sugar Spoon (6 inches)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Turkey by Tiffany

Tiffany's Turkey pattern is very ornate with the tail of a tom turkey fanned out at the top of the terminal. Fruits, grains, and vegetables grace the stem of each piece. As far as I can find this is one of Tiffany's incomplete patterns. That is - it is a pattern of the serving pieces only. I could find no individual place pieces. And Tiffany had several patterns they issued like this.

Pie and Cake Server (10 3/4 inches)

Roast Carving Fork (11  inches)

Gravy Ladle (7  3/8 inches)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Cranberry Server Part 3

More examples of the Cranberry Server, like I posted on earlier. The piece is a very similar to the Tomato Server, the differences being it has a solid spade instead of the Tomato Server's pierced one and usually has an up turned lip on one side.

Queen Elizabeth I by Towle (9 1/4 inches)

Stradivari by Wallace (8 3/8 inches)

Impero by Towle

King Richard by Towle (8 1/2 inches)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Springtime by International

International introduced Springtime in 1935. It was co-designed by Alfred G. Kintz and  Frederick W. Stark. Kintz also designed Wedgewood (1924) and Empress (1932) for International. Stark designed Fontaine in 1924 for the company.

Lemon Fork (5 7/8 inches)

Tomato Server (7 7/8 inches)

Oval Soup Spoon (7 1/4 inches)

Flat Handle Butter Spreader (5 3/4 inches)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Gorham's Description of Their Pattern The Florentine

Several years ago I posted on Gorham's Florentine pattern.  Recently I came across a copy of the Gorham Handbook : Sterling Silver Spoons and Forks which is a reproduction of the original such handbook distributed by the Gorham company in 1909. In it they give a description of many of their more popular (and their favorite) patterns.

Their description of "The Florentine" is:

"For the motif of the Florentine pattern we are indebted to the great Renaissance movement in the late sixteenth century, when Italy gave to the world the most beautiful examples of architecture and decorations known as the Italian Renaissance, which for richness and grandeur has never been excelled. Typical of the beauty of this Italian style in both form and enrichment, the Florentine pattern meets the demand for a pattern suited to the taste of those who admire an elegant and massive style. In its outline and decoration it has every essential of a heavy weight ornate spoon."

Monday, November 16, 2015

Old Master by Towle

Old Master is one of Towle's most popular patters. It was introduced in 1942 and designed Harold Nock. Patterns also credited to Nock include: Old Lace (1939), D'Orleans (1932), Candlelight (1934), Royal Windsor (1935), Virginia Carvel (1919), Rambler Rose (1937), Chased Diana (1925), Lady Constance,  and Lady Mary - all for Towle.

Cream Soup Spoon (6 1/4 inches)

Ice Serving Tongs (8 3/8 inches)

Cracker Spoon (8 inches)

Seafood Fork (5 3/4 inches)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Empire by Ercuis

I have posted on patterns named Empire before, but here is the Empire pattern by the company Ercuis. 

Dinner Fork (8 5/8 inches)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Saratoga Chip Server Part 4

Once again the Saratoga Chip Server, a lovely piece I have posted on earlier.

Monterey by Alvin (8 1/4 inches)

Wave Edge by Tiffany (9 1/8 inches)

Tiffany by Tiffany (9 inches)

Melrose by Alvin (8 7/8 inches)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Repousse by Kirk - Stieff

One of the most elegant patterns in sterling, the pattern that is the flagship of its style Repousse by Kirk Stieff was introduced in 1828. And while there are many that may bear the name and may be similar in design, this is  the original one.

Teaspoon (5 7/8 inches)

Large Berry Spoon (9 1/8 inches)

Small Steak Carving Fork (8 1/2 inches)

Oyster Fork (5 3/8 inches)