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, August 23, 2019

Atlanta by Gorham

Gorham's Atlanta pattern dates back to 1910.

Master Butter Knife (6 1/2 inches)



Large Cream Ladle (4 3/4 inches)



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


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Vogue by Manchester

Manchester's Vogue pattern was introduced in 1932.

Sugar Spoon (5 5/8 inches)

Manchester Vogue (Sterling,1932) Sugar Spoon

Tea Fork (5 7/8 inches)

Manchester Vogue (Sterling,1932) Solid Youth Tea Fork

Iced Teaspoon (7 3/8 inches)

Manchester Vogue (Sterling,1932) Iced Tea Spoon

Master Butter Knife (7 inches)

Manchester Vogue (Sterling,1932) Flat Handle Master Butter Knife

Monday, August 19, 2019

Fleetwood by Manchester

Manchester's Fleetwood pattern was introduced in 1910.

Small Steak Carving Knife (10 3/4 inches)

Manchester Fleetwood (Sterling, 1910) Small Steak Carving Knife with Stainless Blade

Mustard Spoon (4 3/4 inches)

Manchester Fleetwood (Sterling, 1910) Mustard Spoon

Tomato Server (8 1/8 inches)

Manchester Fleetwood (Sterling, 1910) Tomato Server, Solid Piece

Fork (7 inches)

Manchester Fleetwood (Sterling, 1910) Fork


Friday, August 16, 2019

Plymouth by Gorham

Plymouth is a popular name for sterling patterns. I posted about Plymouth by Watson earlier. There are also "Plymouth" patterns by Mount Vernon, Manchester, 1881 Rogers/Oneida, and Gorham.

This post is on Gorham's Plymouth pattern. It was designed by William C. Codman and introduced in 1911.Working for Gorham, Codman also designed  Florentine, Etruscan, Fleury, Tuileries, Albemarle, New Queens, Spotswood, and Imperial Chrysanthemum. 


Cocktail Fork (5 1/2 inches)
Gorham Silver Plymouth (Sterling, 1911) Cocktail/Seafood Fork

Gumbo Soup Spoon (6 7/8 inches)

Gorham Silver Plymouth (Sterling, 1911) Round Bowl Soup Spoon (Gumbo)

Ice Cream Fork (5 1/2 inches)

Gorham Silver Plymouth (Sterling, 1911) Ice Cream Fork

Large Pie Knife (9 1/8 inches)

Gorham Silver Plymouth (Sterling, 1911) Large Solid Pie Knife


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Piper by Gorham

Gorham's Piper pattern dates back to 1880 and is a multi-motif design.

Teaspoon (5 7/8 inches)



Youth Knife - HH (7 1/4 inches)



Youth Fork (6 inches)

Monday, August 12, 2019

Cheese Serving Pick 4

I have posted on the Cheese Serving Pick a while back. Here are a few more examples of this utensil.


BMS34 by Baker Manchester (5 1/8 inches)



Legato by Towle (8 5/8 inches)



Old Master by Towle (8 1/8 inches)







Hampton Court by Reed and Barton (5 3/4 inches)

Friday, August 9, 2019

Fish Place Knife


The Fish Place Knife is the piece used with the Fish Fork when eating fish. 

Grande Baroque by Wallace (8 5/8 inches)



Strasbourg by Gorham (8 1/8 inches)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Oyster Ladle

Of all the servers, the Oyster Ladle is one of the rarer. Given the sizes shown here, I'm not sure how one differentiates this ladle from all the other types. 

Royal Danish by International (9 7/8 inches)



Chantilly by Gorham (10 3/4 inches)



Francis I by Reed and Barton (11 1/2 inches)



Monday, August 5, 2019

Berry Scoop

The Berry Serving Scoop is a rare and rather expensive piece. One can find the piece in a few patterns for around $150, however most are priced around $800

Cluny by Gorham (1880) (8 3/4 inches)



Vine by Tiffany (1872) (9 5/8 inches)







Persian by Tiffany (1872) (9 1/2 inches)



Italian by Tiffany (1870) (9 5/8 inches)




Friday, August 2, 2019

Canape Place Fork

This is an unusual and rare piece. The Canape Place Fork is a place piece for eating Canapes (a type of hor d'oeuvre (appetizer), usually a small bite served on bread, puff pastry or a cracker).

La Parisienne by Reed and Barton (3 5/8 inches)