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?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Gravy Serving Spoon

These are lovely and extremely expensive pieces. Unlike ladles, Gravy Serving Spoons are used to serve gravy, sometimes referred to as "Stuffing Spoons", although true Stuffing spoons are much longer.

(Shown in Oval Twist by Whiting)

Solid Gravy Serving Spoon in the Oval Twist (sterling, 1880) pattern by Whiting Divisn-Silvr

(Shown in Buttercup by Gorham)

Solid Gravy Serving Spoon in the Buttercup(str,lion/anchor/g,1899,nomono) pattern by Gorham Silver

Friday, January 29, 2010

Long Handled Lemonade Spoon

Given it's length (14 3/8 inches), this utensil would have to be designed to stir the lemonade in the pitcher.

(Shown in Louis XV by Whiting 14 3/8 inches)

Long Handled Lemonade Spoon in the Louis Xv (sterling, 1891, No Monograms) pattern by Whiting Divisn-Silvr

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Solid Spinach Serving Fork

This Spinach Serving Fork speaks for itself. The long tongs would lend themselves well to separate and left the spinach. The piercings above the tines add to the attractiveness. They were only made in a few patterns.

(Shown in Canterbury by Towle)

Solid Spinach Serving Fork in the Canterbury (sterling,1893,no Monograms) pattern by Towle

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fried Egg Server

These pieces are more rare, but when you find one generally they are ornate and lovely pieces. Obviously, the large flat spatula part is part slipping under the fried egg to serve it onto the plate.

(Shown in Lily by Whiting 8 1/4 inches)

(Shown in Chantilly by Gorham 8 3/4 inches)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jelly Knife

There are several pieces dedicated to handling the Jelly condiment the Jelly Knife is designed to spread jelly on toast and biscuits.

(Jelly Knife shown in Oval Twist by Whiting)

Large Jelly Knife in the Oval Twist (sterling, 1880) pattern by Whiting Divisn-Silvr

(Jelly Knife shown in Canterbury by Towle)

Large Jelly Knife in the Canterbury (sterling,1893,no Monograms) pattern by Towle

(Jelly Knife shown in Louis XV by Whiting)

Large Jelly Knife in the Louis Xv (sterling, 1891, No Monograms) pattern by Whiting Divisn-Silvr

Monday, January 25, 2010

Labors of Cupid by Dominick and Haff

This pattern was first patented in 1900, discontinued, then reissued in 2000 by Reed & Barton. The Dominick and Haff pattern exhibits wonderful multi-dimensional scenes of cupid performing various labors and having a different attitude on each piece. As best I can tell the Reed & Barton pattern is the same as the original pattern. Some catalogs refer to this pattern as "1900".

(Large Chocolate Spoon 4 1/4 inches)
Large Chocolate Spoon

(3 Tine Salad Fork 7 inches)

3-Tine Salad Fork

(Oyster Fork 5 1/2 inches)

Oyster Fork

(Flat Handle Butter Spreader 5 3/4 inches)

Flat Handle Butter Spreader

(Solid Fruit Knife 8 1/4 inches)

Individual Solid Fruit Knife

(Small Cold Meat Serving Fork 7 1/2 inches)

Small Solid Cold Meat Serving Fork