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, August 16, 2010

A Rose by any Other Name (Part 2)

And, there are yet more sterling patterns named Rose. It is interesting to me the differences - from the very elaborate (Bridal Rose) to the simple (Castle Rose). Short of the name, and possibly a floral motif, they sometimes have little in common, with the exception of being made of sterling silver and designed as an utensil for dining.

Castle Rose by Royal Crest (no date) (Designed by Grosvenor N. Allen & Lloyd E. Ressegger)

Bridal Rose by Alvin 1903

Baltimore Rose by Schofield 1905

Windsor Rose by Watson 1940 (Designed by William T. Brown)

Wild Rose by Watson 1900 (Designed by Eustace Crees and Charles S. Court)

Wedding Rose by Watson 1900 (Designed by Joseph E. Straker, Jr.)

Dorian Rose by Watson 1937 (Designed by Percy B. Ball)

English Rose by Durgin 1955 (Designed by William C. Codman) (The same pattern issued in 1899 as Cambridge by Gorham)

Hand Chased Rose by Schofield 1906

Jac Rose by Gorham 1885

Milburn Rose by Westmorland 1940

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