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?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bacon Fork

Once again this is a piece I touched on earlier. The Bacon Fork is a unique piece with its short tines and wide bowl attached to the stem. 

Bridal Bouquet by Alvin (7 1/2 inches)

Jenny Lind by Weidlich (6 3/4 inches)

King by Kirk Stieff (7 1/4  inches)
Bacon Fork, Solid Piece

Lady Claire by Kirk Stieff (8 1/4 inches)

Bacon Fork, Solid Piece

Bacon Fork, Solid Piece


  1. Hi,
    My name is Sandie and I used to work for Stieff from 1969-1976. I know what the Lady Claire piece is- It is called a Pierced Asparagus Fork. Stieff only made it in the older patters and did not make it after WWII. The Stieff Company started in 1892 was located in Baltimore MD -. In 1979 Stieff bought Kirk Silver and they became Kirk Stieff and later was bought out by Lennox/Gorham
    I have a Xerox co
    copy of an old book called: ”Stieff’s Hanwrought Silver for the Bride” published in 1914 –reprinted by Michael Merrill, Ind of Baltimore, Maryland in 1993

  2. Thank you so much for your clarification. I always appreciate any assistance here - especially from someone with experience such as you. The piece was labeled as a "Bacon Fork" by my source.