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, February 1, 2010

The St. Dunstan (Chased) by Gorham

From the August 1, 1923 Gorham Catalog, this pattern is described as, "As its name implies, the St. Dunstan is a pattern which, by its massive strength and virile outlines, recalls the handiwork of the silversmiths of olden times. In addition to these noble qualities, however, it is characterized by a refinement and delicacy of detail and finish which are only rendered possible by the ingenious appliances at the service of the modern silversmith."

The pattern was issued in 1917. The only source I could find said it was discontinued in 1991.

(Place Fork 7 3/8 inches)

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(Orange Spoon 5 3/4)

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(Bon Bon Spoon 4 7/8 inches)

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(Lemon Fork 5 5/8 inches)

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(2 Piece Salad Set 8 3/4 inches)

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