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, May 27, 2015

Rose by Kirk

Kirk's Rose pattern introduced in 1937 is an exquisite pattern in the Kirk tradition. The sharp detail of the roses in brought about in the style of the pattern. 

Cream Soup Spoon (6 1/8 inches)

Fish Server (10 1/2 inches)

Drink Muddler (6 inches)

One Twist Tine Butter (6 1/8 inches)

Aspic Server

For those of you who never were served Aspic at your Grandmother's it is a gelatin dish containing meat, vegetables, or fruits (or any combination thereof) usually served on a cold plate to keep the gelatin from melting. 

This dish came into vogue in America in the early 1900's. Often you will see the Aspic Server referenced as a typed of wide bladed knife - almost akin to a fish serving knife. I posted early on some of these examples. However upon some research, I found that a true Aspic Server was more of a sickle shape. Unfortunately, there are few examples I could find. 

I did run across one, which ironically was in a  fairly modern pattern that dates only back to the 1970's (go figure).

Rigato by Buccellati Aspic Server (10 3/8 inches)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Spartan by Baker-Manchester

Baker-Manchester introduced Spartan in 1914. It is described as an elegant pattern with a helmet design on the terminal. It truly is an inspiring design. 

Sugar Sifter (5 1/4 inches)

Olive Fork (6 5/8 inches)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Warwick by Wallace

In 1914 Wallace introduced their Warwick pattern. Unlike the traditional oval shaped terminal, this pattern has a five sided terminal with an engraved design carved within a double line edge.

Dinner Fork (7 5/8 inches)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Warwick by International

John T. Clulee designed International's Warwick pattern in 1898. Clulee also designed Jeane d'Arc (1905), Frontenac (1903), Kenilworth (1887) and Stratford (1902) for International. It is a busy but not ornate design with attention paid to the shoulders of the pieces.

Fruit Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

Salad Serving Spoon (8 1/2 inches)

Chipped Beef Fork (6 1/8 inches)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Corinthian by Shielber

George Shielbler's Corinthian was introduced in 1870 and is quite a unique pattern. The terminal fans out with a floral and feather design.

Large Soup Ladle (13 3/8 inches)

Preserve Spoon (8  5/8 inches)

Sugar Shell (5 7/8 inches)

Dinner Fork (7 1/8 inches)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Corinthian by Mount Vernon

There are several patterns named Corinthian. This is Mount Vernon's version. I found conflicting introduction dates for this pattern of 1891 and 1902. The design has flourishes of leaves at the top of the stem and the top of the terminal. 

Preserve Spoon (7 1/2 inches)

Medium Cold Meat Fork (8 1/4 inches)

Oyster Fork (5 7/8 inches)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wellington by Alvin

Not to be confused with Durgin's pattern by the same name, Alvin introduced their Wellington pattern in 1897. This pattern is more ornate than that of Durgin's.

Youth Tea Fork (6 1/8 inches)

Bon Bon Spoon (4 1/2 inches)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wellington by Durgin

Wellington by Durgin (not to be confused with Wellington by Alvin) was introduced in 1908. It is a simple but elegant pattern.

Sugar Spoon (5 3/4 inches)

Large Pie Knife (9 1/2 inches)

Fruit Spoon (5 5/8 inches)

Iced Teaspoon (7 5/8 inches)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Revere by International

This Revere pattern by International dates back to 1898. There are also references to "Revere" patterns by Mount Vernon, Schofield, Shiebler, and Gorham however I could find no examples of these. Durgin also has a Revere pattern that I will post on on a later date. 

As for this pattern, it is an exquisite example of the Rococo style with a particular emphasis on special detailing on the bowls and tines of the pieces. Unlike most anything that bares the Revere moniker and refers to the austere Colonel days, this pattern does no such thing.

Cucumber Server (6 1/4 inches)

Old Style Pickle Fork (6 3/8 inches)

Flat Handle Butter Knife (7 1/4 inches)

Five O'Clock Teaspoon (5 3/8 inches)