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, April 23, 2014

Spring Patterns

It is that time of year when the flowers bloom and we are reminded that winter has finally passed. "Spring" was a popular theme with silver designers. Here are a few examples.

Breath of Spring II by Amston (1952)
Fork (7 1/8 inches)


Spring Glory by International (1952 ) Designed by Lillian V. M. Helander
Seafood Fork (5 5/8 inches)

Cocktail/seafood Fork

Springtime by International (1935) Designed by Alfred G. Kintz and Frederick W. Stark
Seafood fork (5 5/8 inches)

Cocktail/seafood Fork

Springfield Engraved by Unger (1900)
Dessert Spoon (7 1/8 inches)

Dessert/oval Soup Spoon

Monday, April 21, 2014

Queen Anne Patterns

Here are the patterns (I found) named for Queen Anne. You will notice that each of these is very simple and plain.

Queen Anne by Tuttle (1928)  
(Fork) (7 Inches)


Queen Anne by Tiffany (1870)
(Sardine Serving Fork) (5 1/2 inches)

Small Solid Tined Sardine Serving Fork

Queen Anne by Dominick and Haff  (1910)
Sardine Serving Fork  (6 inches)

Large Solid Tined Sardine Serving Fork

I also found Queen Anne by Gorham (1870) , Mount Vernon (1914), and Reed and Barton (1910), although I could not find any examples of these patterns.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Patterns Named for Ladies Part 2

Earlier I posted about sterling flatware patterns named for Lady's. Here are a few more.

Lady Constance by Towle (1922 designed by Harold E. Nock)
(Lemon Fork) (5 5/8 inches)

Lemon Fork

Lady Mary by Towle (1917 designed by Harold E. Nock)
(Lemon Fork) (5 1/2 inches)

Lemon Fork

Lady Fairfield by Saart (1930)
(Baby Fork) (4 3/8 inches)

Baby Fork

Lady Sterling by Weidlich (1937)
(Fish Serving Fork) (8 1/2 inches)

Small Solid Fish Serving Fork

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Oxford by Gorham

I found this pattern, Oxford by Gorham to be rather enchanting. It dates back to 1895 and I could find few examples of it. The terminal has a unique tip on the end of it. There is a vine with flowers that curves around the terminal leaving room for a monogram. Then the vine makes it way down the stem.

Sugar Shell (5 7/8 inches)

Teaspoon (5 3/4 inches)


Monday, April 14, 2014

Jelly Server (Part 2)

 This is the Jelly Server, I have posted on it before. It is not to be confused with the Jelly Spoon or Jelly Knife. 

La Salle by Dominick and Haff (6 3/4 inches)

Meadow Rose by Watson (6 3/8  inches)

King George by Watson (5 1/4 inches)

Etruscan by Gorham ( 6 1/8 inches)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Preserve Spoon (Part 3)

Once again, as I have posted about earlier, here is the Preserve Spoon. It can usually be differentiated from the jelly spoon by its more oblong bowl. You can see in the Raphael piece by Alvin, although the bowl is more rounded, it still has an oblong shape. 

Stieff Rose by Kirk Stieff  (7 3/4  inches)

Craftsman by Towle ( inches)

Raphael by Alvin (7 3/8 inches)

Princess by Watson (7 inches)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Master Salt Spoon (Part 2)

As I posted earlier the Master Salt Spoon is much larger than its little brother the Salt Spoon. I still find them delightful pieces, and can usually found in most patterns.

English King by Tiffany (3 1/2  inches)

Fairfax by Durgin ( 3 3/4 inches)

Mount Vernon by Lunt (4 inches)

Meadow Rose by Watson (3 1/8 inches)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lilly (88) by Gorham

Gorham's pattern Lilly, also called 88, was introduced in 1870 and only discontinued in 1991. This is another Gorham pattern having the design on a large terminal with a relatively small thin stem only adorned with a simple element toward the shoulder. The terminal of this pattern is adorned with an intricate design of lily of the valley and other elements in a three dimensional motif. All this makes these pieces more like works of art more than eating utensils. 

Demitasse Spoon  ( 4 1/8 inches)
Demitasse Spoon

Large Soup Ladle (13  inches)
Large Solid Soup Ladle

Sardine Serving Fork (4 7/8  inches)
Sardine Serving Fork Tined Large Bright Cut

Tea Knife  (7 3/8  inches)
Tea Knife, Solid Piece

Friday, April 4, 2014

Imperial by Gorham

Gorham introduced their Imperial pattern in 1891. If you look closely you can see the same basic lines in this design as those in Gorham's Chantilly, King George, and Poppy to name a few. The design is simple with just a plain terminal and stem edged with a double line. An embellishment separates the terminal from the stem.

Salad Fork (6 inches)
Individual Salad/pastry Fork

Flat Handled Butter Spreader (5 3/8  inches)
Flat Handle Butter Spreader

Bouillon Soup Spoon (5 3/8  inches)

Round Bowl Soup Spoon (bouillon)

Small Sugar Sifter (5 3/4  inches)

Small Sugar Sifter

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Grecian by Gorham

Grecian is one of Gorham's older patterns, introduced in 1861. The design is different from the traditional ones in that it has a simple thin stem with the pattern itself being the terminal. The design on the terminal resembles a fan of feathers.

Teaspoon ( 5 7/8 inches)

Large Sugar Sifter (7 3/8  inches)
Coin Silver Large Sugar Sifter

Nut Pick (5  inches)
Coin Silver Solid Nut Pick