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, September 1, 2014

Stradivari by Wallace

Wallace introduced their Stradivari pattern in 1937. The design is fairly simple with the only elements being on the edge of the terminal and on the tip. The Bon Bon Spoon does have a delightful addition to the shoulder of the bowl and interesting tidbit; note the two versions of the Bon Bon Spoon, both being the same length but one an eleven pierce and the other 18. 

Bon Bon Spoon  (5 1/2 inches) (18 pierce)

Bon Bon Spoon Solid

Bon Bon Spoon  (5 1/2 inches) (11 pierce)

Bon Bon Spoon Solid

Lemon Fork (5 1/2 inches)

Lemon Fork

Hollow Handle Fish Fork (7 7/8 inches)

Individual Hollow Fish Fork, Stainless Tines

Fruit Knife (7 inches)

Individual Fruit Knife With Stainless Blade

Friday, August 29, 2014

Italian by Tiffany

While Tiffany's Italian pattern has the same silhouette as Whiting's pattern of the same name, their pattern designed by Edward C. Moore in 1870 is a bit more ornate.  Moore was also known for designing Tiffany's Richilieu, Japanese (aka Audubon/ Plantation), Saratoga (aka King/ King's/ Cook), Persian, Tiffany (aka Beekman), and Olympian patterns. The Italian pattern consists of a fan and plume as well as other features. 

Egg Spoon ( 4 3/4 inches)

Large Pie Knife (10 1/2 inches)

Oyster Fork (5 3/4 inches)

Berry Scoop (9 1/2 inches)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Italian by Whiting

An old pattern dating back to 1880, Whiting's Italian pattern is a simple design of a pointed oval terminal with a spray of ivy bunched at the top of the stem. 

Tea Knife (7 1/8 inches)

Oval Soup Spoon (7  inches)

Dessert/oval Soup Spoon

Fish Knife

Bright Cut Individual Solid Fish Knife

Monday, August 25, 2014

Shenandoah by Alvin

A more simple pattern, Alvin introduced their Shenandoah pattern in 1912.

Flat Handled Butter Spreader ( 6 inches)
Flat Handle Butter Spreader
Cocktail Fork ( 5 5/8 inches)

Cocktail/seafood Fork

Five O'Clock Teaspoon
Five O’clock Teaspoon

Fork ( 6 5/8 inches)


Friday, August 22, 2014

Virginiana by Gorham

The pattern Virginiana was introduced by Gorham in 1905 during the Edwardian era. It is a lovely and ornate pattern of blossoms, leaves, and vines. The serving pieces are particularly beautiful with detailed floral designs including cut outs to make effect even more outstanding. 

Hollow Handle Knife (9 1/2 inches)

Ice Cream Fork ( 5 1/2 inches)

Fish Serving Set

Long Handle Chocolate Muddler ( 8 5/8 inches)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Virginia Carvel by Towle

Towle introduced Virginia Carvel in 1919.  Harold E. Nock designed the pattern for Towle. Nock was also know for designing Towle's Lady Constance, Lady Mary, Rambler Rose, and Candle Light. Virginia Carvel is a fairly simple pattern in more of a colonial style.

Salad Fork (6 1/4 inches)

Individual Salad Fork

Cream Soup Spoon (6 3/8 inches)

Round Bowl Soup Spoon (Cream Soup)

Flat Handle Butter Spreader (6 inches)

Flat Handle Butter Spreader

Tomato Server (7 5/8 inches)
Tomato Server, Solid Piece

Monday, August 18, 2014

Contessina by Towle

Towle introduced its Contessina pattern in 1965 and it was designed by John Prip. The pattern is reminiscent of the Stieff repousse patterns but not quite as elegant and in a more modern flare. The design does not cover the entire stem. Still for the 1960's it is a lovely pattern.

Pierced Table Serving Spoon  ( 8 5/8 inches)
 Pierced Tablespoon (Serving Spoon)

Lemon Fork  (5 5/8 inches)

Lemon Fork

Fish Knife (8 3/4 inches)
Individual Fish Knife With Stainless Blade

Bon Bon Spoon (5 1/2 inches)

Bon Bon Spoon Solid

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wedding Cake Knife (Part 2)

Another look at the Wedding Cake Knife, a piece I have posted on earlier. It is a large piece, usually used for grand ceremonies. A nice piece to give as a gift to a special couple. 

Lily by Gorham (12 5/8 inches)

Eloquence by Lunt (12 1/4 inches)

Audubon by Tiffany ( 12 1/4 inches)

Wedding Cake Knife With Stainless Blade in the Audubon (sterling, 1956) pattern by Tiffany & Co Silver

Contessina by Towle (12 3/4 inches)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Asparagus Serving Fork Part 2

These are more examples of the Asparagus Serving Fork, (which I have posted on earlier) and which differs from the Asparagus Server. It is a truly beautiful piece in any pattern.

Lancaster by Gorham (9 1/8 inches)

Cordova by Towle (9 1/2 inches)

Virginia Carvel by Towle (8 5/8 inches)

Old English by Towle (9 1/2 inches)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Arlington by Towle

Towle introduced Arlington in 1884. It is a multi-motif pattern which means that there are different designs on different pieces. If you will note each example below has a different motif representing a few that are repeated in the pattern.

Small Ice Cream Fork (5 1/4 inches)
Small Ice Cream Fork

Dinner Fork (7 1/2 inches)


Sugar Spoon (6  inches)

Sugar Spoon

Sugar Sifter (6 7/8 inches)
Large Sugar Sifter