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?
International introduced Jeanne d'arc in 1905. The pattern was designed by John T. Clulee. He also designed Frontenac, Kenilworth, and Stratford. The terminal tip of this pattern has a fleur de lis motif which I assume is nod to the French. Medium Cold Meat Serving Fork (8 7/8 inches)
Reed and Barton introduced La Splendide in 1902. The pattern has a elegant design on the top of the terminal then there is nothing until the the shoulder of each piece. But the detail on both ends balances off the design well. Sugar Spoon (6 1/4 inches)
In 1953 Lunt introduce Eloquence a pattern designed by Nord Bowlen. Bowlen also designed the pattern Sweetheart roses for Lunt in 1951. Eloquence is adorned with roses and has an "open design" around the terminal. Salad Serving Fork (9 1/4 inches)
Wallace introduced Juliet in 1924. It is a fairly plain pattern that is long and thin is design with a extended oval terminal containing a wide open area suitable for engraving. Oyster Fork (5 1/2 inches)
Marguerite was introduced by Gorham in 1901 and designed by William Codman It was designed by William C. Codman who designed many of Gorham's patterns including Florentine, Etruscan, Fleury, Tuileries, Albemarle, New Queens, and Imperial Chrysanthemum. Like Codman's other patterns for Gorham, Marguerite is fancy and detailed with a floral design that winds its way up the stem. The terminal is left blank for monogramming with a single blossom on the tip. Fish Fork (5 7/8 inches)