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 11, 2010

Tiffany, the pattern

In 1869 The Tiffany Company introduced its first sterling silver flatware pattern, and appropriately named it "Tiffany". It was designed by Edward C. Moore and described by Osteberg as 'basically a modified Greek double-scroll surmounted by a shell like antefix'. Rising from the stem were small honeysuckle blossoms which flared outward. The pattern was reintroduced in in 1956 as Beekman.

Salad Fork (7 inches)

Salad Serving Set (10 inches)

Salad Serving Set

Buckwheat Server (9 1/4 inches)

Buckwheat Server

Ice Tong

Ice Tong

Waffle Server

Waffle Server

1 comment:

  1. I really find this pattern, Tiffany/Beekman to be very elegant. You have probably noticed the variations in the pattern- the elimination of the side knobs (leaves) was done for the 1956 re-introduction. The crest form can be semi-circular or pointed, even on early pieces. Another beautiful pattern of similar Classicism is Cook/ or Saratoga.