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, December 17, 2014

D'Orleans by Towle

Harold E. Nock designed D'Orleans for Towle in 1923. Nock was also known for designing Candlelight, Royal Windsor, Virginia Carvel, Chased Diana, and Rambler Rose for Towle. This pattern should not be confused with Orleans by Watson. Although the names are close the designs are not. This pattern is fairly plain with the main decoration being a motif in the center of  the stem. The more one looks at the pattern the more one realizes there is to the design which more resembles a much older pattern.

Salad Fork (6/18 inches)

Tomato Server (7 3/4 inches)

Lemon Fork (5 1/2 inches)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Orleans by Watson

Orleans, introduced by Watson in 1915 is a unique pattern with a medieval design of leaves, shields, and fluer des lis. It has a wonderful shield in the terminal that is suitable for engraving.

Fork (7 inches)

Knife (9 1/8 inches)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Oakland-Arkeba by Watson

Watson's Oakland-Arkeba, introduced in 1903, is a lovely pattern and swirls and scrolls. Watson's designs vary tremendously even within 4 or 5 years. Take this pattern with its elegant curves and raised motif as compared to Martha Hilton or Navarre, also by Watson that have the design carved into a plane flat surface. This shows the breadth of a company's work.

Almond Scoop (4 3/8 inches)

Five O'Clock Teaspoon (5 3/8 inches) 

Cream Ladle (5 1/2 inches)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Navarre by Watson

Navarre by Watson introduced in 1908 should not be confused with Lunt's Navarre pattern. This pattern is fairly simple, very much in the ilk of Watson's Martha Hilton but with more decor on the terminal.

Large Fish Serving Fork (9 3/8 inches)

Large Roast Carving Fork (10 7/8 inches)

Tomato Server (5 7/8 inches)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Foxhall by Watson

Foxhall introduced in 1942 by Watson is much more appealing than most post WWII patterns. The lines are elegant with a ribboned edge and a different motif at the top of the stem.

Cocktail Fork (5 5/8 inches)

Tomato Server (7 1/2 inches)

Butter Spreader (5 5/8 inches)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Martha Hilton by Watson

Charles F. Simms designed Martha Hilton for Watson and it was introduced in 1914. For those who do not know the namesake of the pattern, she was the infamous maid who at 23 married the elder Governor Wentworth of New Hampshire in 1760. After 10 years of marriage Governor Wentworth died leaving his nephew as Governor and the bulk of his wealthy estate to his wife. The nephew challenged the will and lost. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized the story in 1863 with his poem Lady Wentworth. All this will get one a sterling pattern named for you.

The design has the lines of an old pattern with a rather plain stem with a simple double line around the stem and terminal. The terminal  has a flat end with a simple motif. There is a coordinating motif on the stem.

Fork (7 3/8 inches)

Knife (9 3/4 inches)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lady Sterling by Weidlich

Weidlich introduced Lady Sterling in 1925. By design this pattern represents something much older. If you look back on some of the older patterns you will understand what I am referring to. There is no differential between the terminal and stem and the main design feature is in the middle of the  handle of the piece. The motif itself is ornate.
Butter Spreader (5 7/8 inches)


Pie Knife (9 5/8 inches)

Fish Serving Fork (8 1/2 inches)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Springfield by Unger

And in total juxtaposition to the art nouveau and heavily designed pieces Unger produced there is Springfield, a very simple plain pattern they introduced in 1900. This design is more in keeping with the colonial designs by other companies. 

The terminal is clean of decoration, the only design being a gently pointed terminal. Even the shoulders, stems and bowls that often display some flourish are blank.

Pierced Olive Spoon (6 inches)

Pie Server (10 5/8 inches)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Loves Dream by Unger

1904 must have been one on Unger's most prolific years. Another pattern they released was Loves Dream. The design shows cupid on the terminal. This is another example of Unger's Art Nouveau style. 

Food Pusher (4 1/8 inches)

Youth Tea Fork (6 inches)

Knife (7 1/4 inches)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Les Circes by Unger

Just look at the beauty of this Art Nouveau design by Unger. Les Circes, introduced by Unger in 1904 has the lovely image of a lady's face on the terminal with the tresses of her hair trailing down the stem. Once again Unger comes through with a sterling flatware pattern that is more a art than eating utensils, if you can find a piece.