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, March 15, 2019

Washington by Wallace

Wallace's Washington pattern dates back to 1911.

Egg Spoon (4 5/8 inches)

One Tine Butter Pick (5 3/4 inches)

Large Gravy Ladle (7 1/8 inches)

Hollow Handle Punch Ladle (16 1/2 inches)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Whitehall-Old by International

In contrast to International's "Whitehall-New" pattern, their 1904 Whitehall-Old is totally different.

Oyster Fork (5 5/8 inches)

Lemon Fork (5  3/4 inches)

Monday, March 11, 2019

Whitehall - New by International

International has 2 "Whitehall" patterns, "New" and "old". They are very different designs. Here is the Whitehall - New which dates back to 1938.

Cocktail / Seafood Fork (5 1/2 inches)

Dessert/Oval Soup Spoon (6 7/8 inches)

Flat Handle Butter Spreader (5 3/8 inches)

Solid Salad Serving Fork (9 1/8 inches)

Friday, March 8, 2019

Victoria by Shiebler

One of the many patterns named after Queen Victoria, Shielber's Victoria pattern dates back to 1894.

Large Jelly Knife (8 1/2 inches)

Demitasse Spoon

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Old French Hollow Knife with Bolster (10 3/8 inches)

Old French Hollow Knife with Bolster

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Breath of Spring II

Amston's Breath of Spring II was introduced in 1952.

Cream Soup Spoon (6 inches)

Flat Handle Master Butter Knife (6 7/8 inches)

Salad Set 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Flower Lane by Oneida

Frank R. Perry designed the Flower Lane pattern for Oneida in 1957.

Cocktail / Seafood Fork (5 3/8 inches)

Oneida Silver Flower Lane (Sterling, 1957) Cocktail/Seafood Fork

Solid Piece Cream Ladle ((5 3/8 inches)

Medium Solid Cold Meat Serving Fork (8 1/4 inches)

Sugar Tongs (3 5/8 inches)

Friday, February 22, 2019

Monte Mario Sterling By Buccellati

A beautiful pattern with elegant lines for a 1996 pattern. This is Monte Mario Sterling By Buccellati.

Fruit/Youth Fork (6 7/8 inches)

Fruit/Youth Knife (8 1/2 inches)


Dessert/Place Spoon (7 inches)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Grand Majesty by Oneida

Ellen B. Manderfield designed Grand Majesty for Onieda in 1976. She also designed their Martinique pattern in 1967.

Sugar Shell (6 inches)

Small Steak Carving Knife  (11 1/2 inches)

Salad Fork (6 5/8 inches)

Cake and Pie Server  (10 3/4 inches)

Monday, February 18, 2019

Lobster Pick Part 2

The Lobster Pick is a hard to find piece.

Tara by Reed and Barton ( 6 7/8 inches)

Acorn by Georg Jensen 

Acanthus by Georg Jensen

Renaissance by Tiffany

Friday, February 15, 2019

Esteval By Buccellati

Esteval by Buccellati was only introduced in 1998.

Hollow Knife (8 1/8 inches)

Cocktail/Seafood Fork (5 3/4 inches)

Lemon Peeler (7 7/8 inches)

Individual Solid Fish/Salad Fork (7 1/8 inches)