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?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Labors of Cupid by Dominick and Haff

This pattern was first patented in 1900, discontinued, then reissued in 2000 by Reed & Barton. The Dominick and Haff pattern exhibits wonderful multi-dimensional scenes of cupid performing various labors and having a different attitude on each piece. As best I can tell the Reed & Barton pattern is the same as the original pattern. Some catalogs refer to this pattern as "1900".

(Large Chocolate Spoon 4 1/4 inches)
Large Chocolate Spoon

(3 Tine Salad Fork 7 inches)

3-Tine Salad Fork

(Oyster Fork 5 1/2 inches)

Oyster Fork

(Flat Handle Butter Spreader 5 3/4 inches)

Flat Handle Butter Spreader

(Solid Fruit Knife 8 1/4 inches)

Individual Solid Fruit Knife

(Small Cold Meat Serving Fork 7 1/2 inches)

Small Solid Cold Meat Serving Fork

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