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, November 20, 2017

Sandwich Fork Part 2

I posted on this piece earlier. The Sandwich Fork is a practical piece that is not easily found. Often it is mistaken for a small potato fork.

Roman by JB and SM Knowles (7 7/8 inches)

Plymouth by Gorham (7 inches)

Virginia Carvel by Towle (7 1/4 inches)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Japanese by Tiffany

Japanese was introduced by Tiffany in 1871. The pattern was designed by Edward G. Moore (1827-1891)who was Tiffany's chief designer This was Tiffany's first silverware in the Japanese style and was a dramatic departure from earlier patterns. It became one of their most highly acclaimed patterns.

There were patterns by many other companies named "Japanese", but Tiffany's was by far the most esteemed. 

Table Serving Spoon (8 3/4 inches)

Master Butter (8 inches)

Salad Serving Fork (9 1/2 inches)

Cheese Knife (7 inches)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Trout Serving Pieces

Trout Serving Forks and Trout Serving Knives are listed in many patterns. However, I could only find examples in Old Colonial by Towle.

Trout Serving Fork (7 3/4 inches)

Serving Fork (10 inches)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Summer Song by Lunt

Nord Bowlen designed Summer Song for Lunt. It was introduced in 1954. Bowlen also designed Sweetheart Rose (1951), Eloquence (1953), and Starfire  (1955) for Lunt. 

Master Butter Knife (6 3/4 inches)

Iced Tea Spoon (7 3/8 inches)

Cheese Knife (7 1/8 inches)

Salad Fork (6 5/8 inches)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Pembroke by Gorham

Gorham's Pembroke pattern dates back to 1895.

Bon Bon Spoon (4 1/4 inches)

Sardine Serving Fork (5 1/8 inches)

Jelly Knife  (7 inches)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Stardust by Gorham

Gorham introduced their Stardust pattern in 1957. It was designed by Richard L. Huggins.  Note the shooting stars in the design on the pierced Bon Bon Spoon. 

Pastry Server (10 1/2 inches)

Dinner Fork (7 1/2 inches)

Bar Knife (8 1/2 inches)

Bon Bon Spoon (4 3/4 inches)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Caddy Scoop Part 2

This is unique the Caddy Scoop.  Several years ago I posted on this piece.

Pompadour by Whiting (4 inches)

Heraldic by Whiting (3 1/2 inches)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Rice Spoon Part 2

I posted on this earlier, the Rice Spoon is just another serving piece, although one not found in every pattern. An interesting thing about this pattern is that the serving spoon comes in both solid and pierced.

Violet by Wallace (8 7/8 inches)

Silver Flutes by Towle  (9 7/8 inches)

Lion by Frank Smith   (9 1/4 inches)

Onslow by Tuttle (9 3/8 inches)

Romance by Rosenthal (9 3/4 inches)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

H140 by Gorham

H140 by Gorham is a very old pattern that dates back to 1880.

Bread Knife (15 inches)

Old French Hollow Knife with Bolster (8 3/4 inches)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Rose Crest by Alvin

This rather simple pattern, Rose Crest was introduced by Alvin in 1955.

Cheese Server (6 3/4 inches)

Sugar Tongs (3 7/8 inches)

Dinner Fork (7 3/8 inches)