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?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Salad Serving Pieces

Once again the Victorians always happy to have another piece of sterling. The Lettuce Fork (approx 7 1/2 inches) was designed as a piece of flatware to go with a 5 piece place setting, used to eat a lettuce salad (a new favorite of the time). Although you can find old pieces in today's patterns, I could not find a pattern that still made them.

(Lettuce Fork shown in Monticello by Lunt)

A more standard salad serving piece is the Salad Serving Set consisting of a large fork and spoon. These are still found in most patterns. Although the pieces in the antique patterns tend to be more ornate.

(Salad Serving Set in Etruscan by Gorham)

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