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, June 21, 2010

Cat Tails by Durgin

And then there are those patterns that you stumble upon that are so stunning and artistic, that you have to stop and admire them. This is one of those.

The detail in Durgin's Cat Tails is unlike any pattern I have yet seen. The handle replicates a cat tail fresh from the bull rushes, while the tines of the forks and the prongs of the tongs are delicate woven works of arts. The bowls of the spoons and the ladles are distinctive lily pads. The pattern was introduced in 1898 by Durgin and designed by William E. Carlson. Some of the pieces can be found in gold wash.

Chocolate Spoon (4 1/8 inches)

Sauce Ladle (5 1/2 inches)

Strawberry Fork (4 7/8 inches)

Sugar Tongs ( 4 1/2 inches)

Sugar Tong


  1. Love this pattern! Don't think it's all that ergonomic to use, but more like little bits of art rather than just utensils for eating!! Would love to have some if I could afford it!

  2. I have always said,"To each their own." This would not be on my top list of patterns, but I can appreciate the art.