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, January 5, 2010

Ice Serving Pieces

Several pieces can be found dealing with serving ice.

This piece, the Ice Scoop, is available in most patterns today. Like in some other pieces beware of "Custom" pieces (in that they have been reworked by others and are not authentic pieces by the original manufacturer). You can check the list of all original pieces in a pattern to see what pieces were offered (at any time). They will (usually) include on the list discontinued pieces.

(Ice Scoop shown in French Regency by Wallace)

Ice Tongs are used for serving ice cubes and can be very ornate as shown here. They are still found in many patterns today.

(Ice Tongs Shown in Georgian by Towle)

My guess is that prior to the "scoop", the Ice Spoon with its pierced bowl, was used to serve ice. The pieces you can find are rare and in very old patterns.

(Ice Spoon shown in Francis I by Reed & Barton)


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