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, February 22, 2017

Princess Patricia by Gorham

Princess Patricia was introduce by Gorham in 1926. The pattern was most likely named for Princess Patricia of Connaught, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria who relinquished her title of British Princess and HRH when she married Alexander Ramsey.

Bon Bon Spoon (4 1/2 inches)

Seafood Fork (5 1/4 inches)

Egg Server (8  3/4 inches)

Salad Fork (6 1/2 inches)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Orleans by Michael J. Fina

Continuing with Orleans, this is the one introduced by Micheal C. Fina in 1934.  This pattern is fairly unique in that due to the nature of the heavy design, most of the pieces are hollow handle. And all the examples I could find were serving pieces, so this may be a "limited" pattern made up of only serving pieces. Tiffany has several such patterns.

Casserole Spoon (9 inches)

Small Steak Carving Fork (9 1/2 inches)

Gravy Ladle (7 inches)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Orleans by Towle

Yet another "Orleans" pattern. This one by Towle introduced in 1890. The design is one of lovely scroll work.

Sugar Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Orleans by Frank Whiting

Watson introduced their Orleans pattern in 1915, and in 1936 International introduced their Orleans pattern. Not to add to the confusion, earlier in 1892, Frank Whiting had introduced an Orleans pattern which personally I find much prettier than the other two.

Salad Fork (6 1/4 inches)

Fruit/Orange Spoon (5 3/8 inches)

Two Tine Butter Pick (5 1/4 inches)

Flat Handle Butter Spreader (4 7/8 inches)

Monday, February 13, 2017

FWS1 by Frank Whiting

Yet another pattern  known only by a number, FWS1 was introduced by Frank Whiting in 1915.

Pie Server (9 3/4 inches)

Baby Fork (4 5/8 inches)

Lemon Fork (4 7/8 inches)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Victoria - Florence by Frank Whiting

This pattern, Victoria-Florance was introduced in 1905 by Frank Whiting. 

Oyster Fork (5 7/8 inches)

Pierced Serving Spoon (8 1/2 inches)

Steak Carving Knife (9 1/4 inches)

Demitasse Spoon (4 1/4 inches)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Poultry Shears Part 3

More examples of Poultry Shears (I posted earlier on these pieces).

WEB3 by Web Silver (11 1/2 inches)

Etruscan by Gorham (10 1/8 inches)

Lenore by Manchester (11 1/8 inches)

Wakefield by Kirk Stieff (11 inches)

Monday, February 6, 2017

BMS16 by Blackinton

Another pattern known just by a number, BMS16 is a lovely pattern by Blackinton that dates back to 1915.

Cream Ladle (5 3/8 inches)

Bon Bon Spoon (5 1/4 inches)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Cheese Serving Knife Part 3 (2 posted 1/22/16)

Madame Royale, Cambridge, St Dunstan Dauphin,  Old Colonial,  Colonial, Strasbourg, 

American Garden by Tiffany (7 inches)

WEB3 by Webb

A pattern known only for its number, WEB3 is a pattern by Web. Although I do not know when it was introduced, I have read that the pattern is now discontinued.

Cake Break (10 1/4 inches)

Cake Server (9 3/4 inches)

Steak Carving Knife (10 1/8 inches)