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, January 2, 2010

Tomato Server

Even the garden fresh tomato merits its own sterling server Tomato Server usually pierced to drain the juices. This is one of the more lovely pieces and is still available in most patterns.

(Shown in Old Colonial by Towle)



(Shown in Versailles by Gorham)




(Shown in Orange Blossom by Alvin)




Friday, January 1, 2010

Place Spoons

In addition to all your serving spoons, there are spoons used by your individual guests. Such as the Five O'clock Spoon, smaller than teaspoon, used for gatherings before dinner or afternoon tea, the After Dinner Spoon, the Demitasse Spoon, smaller than teaspoon for strong coffee, the Salt Spoon, (2-3 inches long) used in addition to the 5 piece place setting and used with salt dip, the Citrus Spoon aka Fruit/Orange Spoon, (the bowl of which is "lightly gilt" to keep the citric acid from tarnishing the silver) used in addition to the 5 piece place setting when citrus fruit, such as grapefruit or oranges are being served, and the Berry Spoon, used in addition to the 5 piece place setting when berries are served,

(A Demitasse Spoon shown in Radiant by Whiting 3 7/8 inches)





(Salt Spoon shown in Georgian by Towle 2 1/4 inches)

SALT SPOON




(Five O'clock Spoon shown in Frontenac by International Knights Head) (5 1/2 inches)

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(Citrus Spoon shown in Hyperion by Whiting Approx  5 3/8 inches)



Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cucumber Server

Cool as a cucumber, served in style in sterling no less, would you expect anything else? Yes, there is piece dedicated to serving cucumbers, the lovely Cucumber Server.

Chantilly by Gorham



Frontenac by International



Mount Vernon by Lunt








Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bacon Fork

The Bacon Fork had short tines designed to pick up bacon. It is a rare piece because it was only produced by a few manufacturers and not for long. I'm not sure what was the reason for its demise. I can actually see a use for this, if someone was serving bacon. Also, sometimes referred to as Lox Server.

Ancestry by Weidlich (6 3/4 inches)

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Bar Knife

What an odd piece of sterling - a Bar Knife. I would think that silver would be too soft to use as a bottle opener, but that is a bottle opener on the knife blade. (I assume the blade is stainless.) The blade is sharp enough to cut fruit (lemons, limes etc). The perfect accessory for the Bartender who wants to make a statement.

Supposedly it is available in all Towle, Wallace, International, and Tuttle patterns - (just in case you need that unique gift!)

(Shown in Ancestry by Weidlich)


Monday, December 28, 2009

Asparagus Server

Did you know there were four ways to properly serve Asparagus. Well, if you did, move along, I do not want to bore you. However, for the rest of us, I'll share what I have learned. First, I find these pieces to be some of the prettiest silver pieces and they are fairly easy to find in most patterns. (Which means we all should be using them?) We have the Asparagus Server, the Hooded Asparagus Server, the Asparagus Serving Fork, and Asparagus Tongs.

The servers are designed to scoop the asparagus up on the flat surface and roll onto the server. The vegetables can be pierced with the fork or selected and served with the tongs.


(Flat Asparagus Server Shown in Francis I by Reed & Barton)

ASPARAGUS SERVER

(Asparagus Fork shown in Burgundy by Reed & Barton)

ASPARAGUS FORK

(Asparagus Tongs shown in English King by Tiffany 7 1/2 inches)

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