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, April 23, 2010

Individual Asparagus Servers


We have seen the Asparagus Servers in various patterns. But there are some patterns that offer Individual Asparagus Servers for the place setting. Here are a few examples.

(Shown in Lancaster Rose by Gorham 4 inches)



(Shown in King Richard  by Towle )


5 comments:

  1. When setting a table where is the individual asparagus server placed?

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  2. I am a Southern gal and have individual asparagus tongs. Where do they actually go?

    Thanks

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  3. Individual asparagus tongs would be brought out and set with the course including asparagus (and removed for the next course). The server would place the tongs to the right of the guest's plate (toward the top). If asparagus is in first course (which it rarely would be) I am not sure where the tongs would be in the initial setting. How lucky you are to have an entire set.

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  4. THERE IS A SERIOUS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TEA TONGS USED FOR LITTLE SANDWICHES ---- AND TRUE INDIVIDUAL PLACE SETTING ASPARAGUS TONGS (USUALLY ANGLED). THE PICTURE(S) POSTED ON THIS THREAD INDICATE THAT THE DIFFERENCE IS NOT AT ALL NOTED or APPRECIATED.

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    1. Please educate us. I, for one, am here to learn. I am unfamiliar with the term "Tea Tong". I have seen the term "Sandwich Tong" used but it did not refer to an angled tong when I saw it. I have seen several experts (and I AM NOT ONE BY ANY MEANS) display asparagus tongs that are angled but, as we all know, things in this area are often mislabeled.

      Sandwich Tongs in Hood's book on Tiffany Sterling Flatware are not angled and there is no mention of "Tea Tongs". Osterberg also references "Sandwich Tongs" in his book on Sterling Silver Flatware, which are not angled and he makes no reference to "Tea Tongs".

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