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?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Large Claret Spoon

Claret Spoon for wine - right? Wrong. Our friendly Victorians soaked fruits and berries in alcohol kept in tall cut glass or silver pitchers. So how do you serve the fruit? - With a skinny, long handled spoon. (I don't have a clue where the name came from.) Today, this unique utensil is used with sangria and other fruit related drinks.

(Shown in English King by Tiffany)

Large Claret Spoon, Solid Piece in the English King (strl,1885,no Monograms) pattern by Tiffany & Co Silver

(Shown in Chrysanthemum by Tiffany 15 3/4 inches)

Large Claret Spoon, Solid Piece in the Chrysanthemum (strl,1880,nomono,m/t/c) pattern by Tiffany & Co Silver

(Shown in Renaissance by Dominick and Haff 15 inches)

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