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, October 13, 2010

Baked Potato Fork

I addressed the utility of this piece earlier (See December 2, 209). Here are some examples in different patterns.

American Beauty by Shiebler

Baltimore Rose by Schofield (7 1/2 inches)

Heraldic by Whiting (7 1/2 inches)

Irian by Wallace (7 1/8 inches)

Talisman Rose by Frank Whiting (7 1/8 inches)

Versailles by Gorham (6 7/8 inches)


  1. Hi
    It’s me Sandie again with more history and the proper name of the Baltimore Rose by Schofiel fork- It is a “Lemon Fork”. And now the Stieff connection:
    In 1967 The Stieff Company acquired
    The Schofield Company (which startedin 1903 originally known as Baltimore Silversmiths Mfg.Co).from Oscar Caplan.
    (Oscar Caplan & Son were a Baltimore area jewelers)

  2. Again, I appreciate your assistance here. As I stated before any clarification is great. I find that many pieces are mislabeled although, when I am looking at pictures and not the actual pieces, often I am at the mercy of the description. Obviously, these two pieces could easily be confused given the size and design of both.