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 29, 2016

Florentine by International

International introduced their Florentine pattern in 1912. 

Tomato Server (7 1/2 inches)



Baby Fork (4 3/8 inches)



Pie Server (10 1/4 inches)



Sugar Tongs (4 3/4 inches)




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Petite Fours Server Part 2

Years ago I posted on the Petit Fours Server. Here are some more examples of this piece. These 4 examples are all "hooded".


Grand Baroque by Wallace (6 1/4 inches)


Old Master by Towle (6 1/8 inches)






Fairfax by Gorham (7 1/2 inches)




Chantilly by Gorham (7 1/2 inches)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Kings III by Gorham

The Gorham patterns - Kings I (1875), Kings II (1885), and Kings III (1885) are separate and distinct patterns. These are examples of Kings III.


Individual Salt Spoon (2 1/4 inches)



Crumb Knife (Crumber) (11 3/4 inches)




Sugar Tongs (5 inches)




Salad Fork (6 1/2 inches)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Winchester by International

John Clulee designed Winchester for International in 1902. Clulee also designed International's Warwick (1898), Jean d'Arc (1905), Frontenac (1903), Kenilworth (1887) and Stratford (1902) for International.

Cheese Scoop (6 1/8)





Ice Cream Spoon (5 7/8 inches)



Cucumber Server (6 1/2 inches)




Sardine Serving Fork (6 inches)



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Daffodil by Baker- Manchester

Baker-Manchester introduced their Daffodil pattern in 1900. It is a very distinct pattern with the design of daffodils in deep relief through out the stem and terminal.



Demitasse Spoon (4  inches)



Seafood Fork (5 3/4 inches)




Bon Bon Scoop (5 1/2 inches)



Master Butter Knife (6 7/8 inches)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Oak by Frank Smith

Oak by Frank Smith dates back to 1912.

Dessert Fork (5 7/8 inches)



Sugar Shell (5 3/4 inches)



Old French Hollow Knife (8 3/4 inches)



Bouillon Soup Spoon (5 3/8 inches)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Stuart by Towle

One of Towle's older patterns, Stuart was introduced in 1880. 

Preserve Spoon (7 3/4 inches)

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Old Style Pickle Fork (6 inches)

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Master Butter Knife (6 3/4 inches)

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Flemish by Tiffany

Tiffany introduced their Flemish pattern in 1911. 


Nut Pick (4 3/4 inches)



Mustard Spoon (4 inches)





Individual Salt Spoon (2 3/8 inches)




Lemon Fork (4 1/4 inches)







Monday, April 11, 2016

Clinton by Tiffany

Clinton by Tiffany was introduced in 1912. For Tiffany, it is an extremely simple and plain pattern.

Fork (7 inches))



Fish Serving Fork (8 3/4 inches)



Dessert Knife (7 3/4 inches)




Bon Bon Spoon (4 3/8 inches)

Friday, April 8, 2016

Josephine by Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon introduced their Josephine pattern in 1899.

Luncheon Fork (6 7/8 inches)



Strawberry Fork



French Hollow Knife (9 7/8 inches)