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?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Strawberry Pieces

Strawberries must have been big because there are beautiful Strawberry Serving sets, which consist of a spoon and fork. Also, there is a Strawberry Fork, used in addition to the 5 piece place setting when strawberries are served. It has a special 3 tine designed for eating the fruit.

(Strawberry Serving Set shown in unknown pattern)

(Two Tine Strawberry Fork in an unknown pattern by Hamilton & Diesinger 4 1/2 inches)

(Three Tine Strawberry Forks shown in unknown pattern by Campbell-Metcalf)



  1. What I do not understand is how they missed making the pineapple fork, spoon, knife and serving piece.
    Now, I wonder if they served cantaloupe with ice cream would that warrant the use of the melon setting along with the ice cream setting?

  2. Cannot answer the question about the pineapple unless they became popular after the government limited the number of pieces any one sterling pattern could have. As for the melon/ ice cream conundrum, I think the small tines on the end of the ice cream fork would service both well.