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?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Update on the Elusive Mango Fork

Lucy commented on my Mango Fork post (See July 9, 2010). Upon further research, I found that most Mango forks by American manufactures are in Silverplate patterns, not Sterling. The 1911 Louis XVI pattern by Community Silver, which is now Oneida, is silverplate and does have a Mango fork, as do Primrose (1915) and Patrician (1914) both older Community Silver/Oneida Silverplate patterns. These patterns have been discontinued. 

Another pattern Lucy mentions is Holly, by National/ EHH Smith (1904 - since discontinued) is also a silverplate pattern. I could not find a mango fork listed.

I did find one other example of the Mango fork in Exeter  (Silverplate 1913) by Oneida (7 inches)

Mango Fork

Also, I found a reference to the 1932 Doric sterling pattern by Manchester that had a Mango fork in it, but I could not find a picture or description of the piece itself.

I will keep an eye out for more Sterling Silver Mango forks as I move forward and plan to add Ms. Graber's book to my collection of resources. Thank you, Lucy, for your interest here.

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