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?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Ladles by Any Name

And, I bet you thought that there was just the Gravy Ladle. OK, maybe you are smugly saying that you have a Sauce Ladle (well so do I). But, do you have a Cream Ladle, Soup Ladle, Punch Ladle, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Oyster, Honey, Toddy, Claret, or Bouillon Ladle. And, did you know that they come in different sizes.

Don't forget the Boiled Potato Ladle (I kid you not). This piece has spouts on either side of the deep bowl so when you scoop your boiled potato from the water, the water will drain off. I guess for those of you who cook boiled potatoes, this could be useful.

There are also Terrapin, Pea, and Champagne ladles

Bouillon Ladle shown in Georgian by Towle (7 3/4 inches)

Mustard Ladle shown in Old Master by Towle (Approx 4 1/2 inches)

Cream Sauce Ladle shown in Francis I by Reed and Barton


Gravy Ladle in shown Chantilly by Gorham (6 7/8 inches)


Punch Ladle shown in Eton by Wallace (13 1/2 inches)

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Toddy Ladle shown in Japanese by Tiffany (7 1/4 inches)

Claret Ladle shown in Majestic by Alvin (12 1/2 inches)


  1. I came to your site researching a claret ladle. Seems there are too many showing up on eBay for all to be original and not remanufactured from a bent teaspoon and an extension of the handle. ...and I saw your Old master mustard ladle. That is a piece made from a teaspoon that likely has met the disposer. Old Master never made a mustard spoon (nor a claret ladle)...
    Keep on collecting!

  2. I appreciate your edification. Often there are pieces that are misnamed or "redone" and unless I am intimately familiar with the pattern, I can only go by what the label says. However, if anything looks sketchy, I try to avoid it. It is comments like yours that help all of us learn.