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, 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)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sappho by Wallace

Sappho by Wallace (1895) is a lovely but unusual pattern. The strong motif on the terminal is repeated on the shoulders of the spoons and forks.  The design is unique but makes a pretty piece.

Small Chipped Beef Fork (6 1/4 inches)

Cake Saw (10 1/4 inches)

Cake Saw With Silverplate Blade

Salad Fork (5 7/8 inches)

Large Berry Spoon (9 inches)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Romaine (aka Monique) by Reed and Barton

George L. Turner designed Romaine (which is also known as Monique) for Reed and Barton in 1933. Turner was also the designer of Reed and Barton's 1908 pattern Chambord. Romaine/Monique is a beautiful pattern with a design of leaves all about the terminal, the stem and the shoulder. The terminal has a nice open space for engraving. 

Lemon Fork (5 inches)

Hollow Handle Butter Spreader (6 1/2 inches)

Salad Fork (6 1/4 inches)

Iced Teaspoon (7 5/8 inches)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Floral Series #2 by Watson

The Floral Series #2 by Watson is yet another pattern in the series. And the designs in this pattern differ just a bit with more detail of the design on the stem. In addition to the examples shown here other designs include Forget Me Not, Narcissus, Water Lily and Apple Blossom.

Calla Lily (Dessert Fork)

Daisy (Teaspoon 5 3/4 inches)

Fushia (Teaspoon  5 3/4 inches)

Violet (Teaspoon 5 3/4 inches)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Orchids by Towle

Orchids by Towle is an old pattern, introduced in 1887. Its design is multi motif in that there are different floral designs on different pieces. If you will note below you can see several examples of the various motifs found in the pattern. This is a gem of a pattern to be so old.
  Large Jelly Spoon (7 1/8 inches)

Cocktail Fork (6 inches)

Cream Ladle (5 7/8 inches)

Five O'Clock Teaspoon (4 1/2 inches)

Large Pie Knife (9 inches)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Stuart by Whiting

Charles Osborne designed Stuart for Whiting and it was introduced in 1911. Osborne also designed  Whiting's Arabesque pattern that was introduced in 1875. Although this pattern is somewhat similar to Wendt's pattern of the same name that was introduced in 1870, they should not be confused. Note the griffon in the terminal's design.

Large Sugar Sifter (6 inches)

Pastry Fork (6 3/8 inches)

Solid Pickle Serving Knife (7 inches)

Large Berry Spoon (9 1/4 inches)