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, August 4, 2010

Mayflower by Kirk

There are ten different "Mayflower" patterns by ten different silver companies. Kirk introduced their Mayflower pattern in 1846. Their 1938 catalog stated "The Kirk Mayflower is a beautiful hand engraved design, inspired to Kirk about 90 years ago by an original piece brought over in the "Mayflower" for which the pattern is named. It has been the choice of four or five generations of prominent families and is continually increasing in favor."

208 Piece S. Kirk & Sons Flatware Set, 'Mayflower' Pattern

(Fork 7 1/4 inches)

(Iced Tea Spoon 7 5/8 inches)

(Teaspoon )


(Hollow Butter Spreader)

Modern Hollow Butter Spreader (stainl

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