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?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Grape Shears

A very ornate but rather rare piece that is no longer popular. Grape Sheers were used to cut the stems when serving grapes. Most measure 6 -7 inches long.

(Sterling but in an unknown pattern pre-1920)

Victorian Sterling Silver Figural Grape Shear


  1. Have you ever seen sugar nippers or other device for cutting a sugar loaf in the various patterns? I know the Victorians were the first to get their sugar granulated, but am sure some must have preferred the old sugar loafs. I think these are more like scissors. Come to think of it, am wondering why there are no egg scissors in these patterns.

  2. No, to answer your question, I have never seen sugar nippers or egg scissors in any sterling patterns. You do, however, occasionally find manicure scissors in some of the sterling patterns.