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?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Patty Server

I don't have a clue. I will continue looking to see if there is a Victorian or Edwardian definition for the word "Patty" that differs from our use of the word. Certainly this Patty Server is not designed for serving hamburger patties. Whatever its intended use, it is a beautiful piece. I found the piece in two Towle patterns.

Shown in Old English by Towle (8 3/8 inches)

Shown in Paul Revere by Towle (7 1/2 inches)

1 comment:

  1. According to Maura Graber of the RSVP Institute, "I believe patty servers and forks were for fish patties." She said she found numerous references and recipes for fish patties in old Victorian cook books.