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, August 28, 2015

Winslow by Kirk

Winslow, introduced by Kirk in 1850 is a rather plain pattern with a simple decorated edge.

Pierced Table serving Spoon (8 1/4 inches)



Ice Cream Fork (6 inches)



Fruit Orange Spoon (6 inches)


Bacon Fork (7 1/2 inches)




Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pastry Server Part 2

American Victorian, Berry, Betsy Patterson, Clune, , Olympian, Repousse, ,Vine, Wave Edge, tomato and burgandy

I posted on the Pastry Server many years ago . Here I revisit it again because it is a lovely (and expensive) serving piece should you find yourself with one.

Charles II by Dominick and Haff (9 1/4 inches)





Mary II by Lunt




Georgian Rose by Reed and Barton (7 5/8 inches)



Francis I by  Reed and Barton (6 3/4 inches)







Monday, August 24, 2015

Quadrille by Kirk

Kirk introduced Quadrille in 1950. It was designed by Martin Laurence Millsphaugh. I am not quite sure this is not the prettiest "Newer" pattern - as in introduced in the past 75 years - I have found yet. I am entranced.


Bon Bon Spoon (4 7/8 inches)



Baby Fork (4 1/8 inches)



Oyster Fork (5 7/8 inches)



Butter Spreader (5 7/8 inches)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Raleigh by Alvin

Raleigh is a simple pattern with a beaded edge and a design on the tip on the terminal. Alvin introduced the pattern in 1900.


Salad Fork (6 inches)


Jam Spoon (7 1/8 inches)




Egg Spoon  (4 1/8 inches)




Cucumber Server (6 3/8 inches)








Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Jelly Cake Server (Solid) (Part 3)

Lily,, No. 10,  Frontenac, CloetaLourve, Madame Jumel, Madame Morris, Victoria-Old, La Parisienne, Old Orange Blossom,  Raleigh, Old Margaret, 


La Parisienne by Reed and Barton (10 1/2 inches)



Old Orange Blossom by Alvin (9 1/4 inches)




Raleigh by Alvin (8 3/4 inches)



Old Margaret by International (8 1/8 inches)






Monday, August 17, 2015

Queens by Birks AKA New King by Dominick and Haff

Once again we have a pattern that changed its name somewhere along the way. New King was introduced in 1898 by Dominick and Haff. I do not know if Queens was introduced by Birks prior or the opposite. Whatever the case, the pattern by either name is substantial and lovely.


Tomato Server (7 1/8 inches)





Salad Fork (5 7/8 inches)




Cheese Server (6 1/2 inches)




Friday, August 14, 2015

Sorbet Spoons - Part 2

The Sorbet Spoon, I have posted on earlier, is not necessarily an easy piece to identify. they are often confused with the Sherbert Spoon or the Chocolate spoon. As you can see here they can have a Smooth Bowl or a Ruffled Bowl. And these examples alone vary in size from 5 1/4 to 5 7/8 inches/

Colonial by Tiffany (Ruffled Bowl) (5 3/8 inches)






Colonial by Tiffany (Smooth Bowl) (5 1/4 inches)



Richelieu by Tiffany (Ruffled Bowl) (5 3/8 inches)



Saxon by Birks (5 7/8 inches)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Avila by Alvin

A modern pattern introduced in 1969 by Alvin, Avila is a simple design with a simple decorated edge.


Teaspoon (6 inches)



Pie Server (10 inches)



Oval Soup Spoon (6 7/8 inches)



Solid Jelly Server (6 1/2 inches)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Les Six Fleurs by Reed and Barton

I posted earlier on Les Cinq Fleurs also by Reed and Barton (1900), but this pattern Les Six Fleurs also by Reed and Barton (1901) is different and more ornate.



Salad Serving Fork (9 7/8 inches)



Sugar Spoon (5 7/8 inches)



Flat Handle Butter Spreader (6 inches)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Salem by Tiffany

Tiffany's Salem pattern introduced in 1956 is most likely the plainness flatware pattern I have seen.

Luncheon Fork (6 7/8 inches)



Sugar Tongs (4 inches)



Pierced Tablespoon (8 1/2 inches)