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, April 14, 2017

Dorechester - New by International

In 1941 International Silver introduced their 2nd Dorchester pattern, Dorchester - New, a totally different pattern from Dorchester -Old.

French Hollow Knife (9 inches)

Sugar Spoon (5 3/4 inches)

Medium Cold meat Serving Fork (8 3/4 inches)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dorchester -Old by International

International had 2 "Dorchester" patterns. Both of these of different from Watson's Dorchester. This is their Dorchester -Old which they introduced in 1910.

Orange Spoon (5 1/2 inches)

Butter Spreader (5 1/8 inches)

Tea Fork (5 3/4 inches)

Short Handled Olive Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dorchester by Watson

In 1905 Watson introduced their Dorchester pattern.

Cream Ladle (4 3/4 inches)

Pastry Fork (6 3/4 inches)

Bon Bon Scoop (4 1/2 inches)

Oyster Fork (5 3/8 inches)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Florence Nightingale by Alvin

Alvin introduced their Florence Nightingale pattern in 1919.

Bouillon Soup Spoon (5 inches)


Ice Teaspoon (7 3/4 inches)

Solid Jelly Server (5 1/2 inches)

Old Style Pickle Fork (5 5/8 inches)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Flanders New by Alvin

Alvin introduced Flanders New in 1923. 

Master Butter Knife (7 inches)

Ice Teaspoon  (7 3/4 inches)

Cocktail Fork (5 3/8 inches)

Olive Spoon ( 5 7/8 inches)

Monday, April 3, 2017

WSC9 by Webster

Webster introduced this lovely hammered pattern, WSC9, in 1910. I seen few pieces, but I really like it.

Hollow Handle Pickle Fork (7 1/2 inches)

Bon Bon Spoon (6 1/2 inches)

Cheese Server (6 1/2 inches)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Wyndham by Gorham

Wydham is a lovely pattern by Gorham that dates back to 1912. I stumbled across a  Five O'clock Spoon for my collection. It is the only piece I have ever seen.

Five O'Clock Spoon (5 1/2 inches)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Petit Fours Server Part 3

I posted on this lovely piece last year, but there are always more examples of the Petit Fours Server.

Savannah by Reed and Barton (6 1/2 inches)

Old Maryland by Kirk Stieff (7 3/8 inches)

Rose Point by Wallace (6 3/4 Inches)

Eighteenth Century by Reed and Barton (6 and 3/8 inches)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Savannah by Reed and Barton

Reed and Barton introduced Savannah in 1962. Even though it is a relatively newer pattern, it still has classic lines. 

Sugar Shell (6 1/8 inches).

Salad Fork (6 1/2 inches)

Ice Scoop (9 inches)

Two Piece Baby Set (4 1/2 inches)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Bridal Wreath by Baker Manchester

Another "Bridal" pattern, Baker Manchester introduced Bridal Wreath in 1915.

Salad Fork (6 inches)

French Hollow Knife (9 inches)

Twisted Master Butter Knife (7 inches)