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, February 12, 2016

Wentworth by Lunt

An old pattern, Lunt introduced Wentworth in 1899. It has a blank shield in the terminal surrounded by a a beaded edge with two rose buds at the top of the stem.

Cream Ladle (4 3/4 inches)

Chipped Beef Fork (7 1/8 inches)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Crown Princess by International

International introduced Crown Princess in 1949. I have also seen references to the same pattern being attributed to Fine Arts. It is a "pierced" design pattern.

Salad Fork (6 1/2 inches)

Individual Salt Spoon (2 3/8 inches)

Solid Casserole Spoon (9 1/4 inches)

Ice Cream Fork (5 7/8 inches)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Silver Surf by Stieff

Kirk Stieff introduced Silver Surf in 1956. It is a sleek modern pattern with a simple design of a wave on the handle.

Large Jelly Server (6 3/8 inches)

Salad Fork (6 1/2 inches)

Hollow Handle Butter Spreader (6 1/4 inches)

Lemon Fork (4 3/4 inches)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Monterey by Alvin

Alvin introduced Monterey in 1895. The pattern is Rococo in design with swirls and curls from the terminal to the end of the stem.

Demitasse Spoon (4 1/8 inches)

Peas Serving Spoon (8 5/8 inches)

Dinner Fork (7 1/2 inches)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Quintessence by Lunt

Lunt introduced Quintessence in 1990. It is a multi-motif pattern. And although a rather new pattern, it has the lines and design that hearken back to the golden days of sterling. Note the different floral design on the terminal of each of the examples.

Fork (8 inches)

Fried Egg Server (9 1/2 inches)

Ice Scoop (9 inches)

Oval Soup Spoon (6 7/8 inches)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Violet by Wallace

Of all the patterns named "Violet", Wallace's Violet of 1904 best uses the violet motif in its design. It is truly a lovely testament to the flower.

Salad Fork (6 1/4 inches)

Short Handled Olive Spoon (6 3/8 inches)

Hollow Handle Butter Spreader (5 1/8 inches)

Fish Serving Knife (11 1/2 inches)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Linenfold by Tiffany

Another pattern by Tiffany with a simple design. Linenfold was introduced in 1956. The motif on the stem resembles a folded napkin - just as its name says. 

Teaspoon (6 1/8 inches)

Butter Spreader (6 inches)

Cold Meat Serving Fork (9 inches)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Cheese Serving Knife Part 2

The Cheese Serving Knife that I have posted on this earlier, resembles a flat handled butter spreader with tines on up turned end.   

Dauphin by Durgin (6 7/8 inches)

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Old Colonial by Towle (7 1/2 inches)

Colonial By Gorham (7 3/4 inches)

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Strasbourg by Gorham (8 1/8 inches)

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Canterbury Bell by Lunt

Lunt introduced Canterbury Bell in 1952. It was designed by Frederick W. Koonz who also designed American Directoire (1931), American Victorian (1941), Modern Victorian (1931), Charles II (1934), and  William and Mary (1921) for Lunt.

Small Cold Meat Serving Fork (7 1/2 inches)

Modern Knife (9 inches)

Pie Server (9 3/4 inches)

Teaspoon (5 7/8 inches)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Old French by Gorham

A 1905 pattern by Gorham, Old French is very simple with a double edge around the stem and terminal - nothing else.

Dinner Fork (7 1/2 inches)

Cheese Server (6 1/2 inches)

Short Handle Olive Spoon (5 3/4 inches)

Solid Nut Pick (4 5/8 inches)