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, August 27, 2010

Blackberry by Tiffany

Introduced by Tiffany in 1875, the pattern Blackberry is often linked with its sister pattern Strawberry  and linked with the "Vine" patterns designed by Tiffany. It is in fact not a part of the "Vine" pattern family and, though, similar, is a separate pattern from Strawberry. Where Strawberry's stem is an open woven vine, Blackberry's stem is solid and decorated with the leave and berries of the fruit. The motif pattern through out the pattern is the leaves, berries, vine, and flower of the fruit.

3 Tine Fruit Fork (6 inches)

Fruit Serving Spoon (9 1/2 inches)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

St James by Tiffany

A Renaissance Revival style designed by Paulding Farnham for Tiffany in 1898 that became inactive in 1912.  One of the first features one notices in St. James is the crossed multi-ribbed bands. This gives an open area for engraving. A line of beading goes down the handle.The design on the back is very simliar to the compex pattern of the front.  According to William Hood's book  Tiffany Silver Flatware "The significance of the name 'St. James' is unclear."

(Fruit Orange Spoon)

Fruit/orange Spoon

(Lobster Pick)

Lobster Pick

(Preserve Spoon)

Preserve Spoon

(Small Steak Carving Fork)

Small Steak Carving Fork With Stainle

(Sardine Fork)

Small Solid Tined Sardine Serving For

(Asparagus Tongs)

Asparagus Tongs, Solid Piece

(Salad Serving Fork)

Salad Serving Fork, Solid Piece

(Serving Spoon 9 3/8 inches)

Monday, August 23, 2010

New Art by Durgin

This very rare American Art Nouveau pattern, New Art was introduced by Durgin in 1898. I absolutely love Durgin designs for their detail and to me this is the best example of their fine craftsmanship. The detail is deep and complex, with different floral themes of Irises, Lilies, and Daffodils.

Cold Meat Fork (with Iris) (9 1/2 inches)
Cold Meat Fork

Asparagus Fork (10 1/8 inches)
Asparagus Fork

Beef Fork (with Daffodils) (5 3/8 inches)
Beef Fork

Berry Spoon (with Lilies) (8 3/4 inches)

Ice spoon (8 3/4 inches)
Ice Spoon

Pie Knife (with Lilies 10 1/8 inches)
Pie Knife

Small Chipped Beef Fork (with Narcissus) ( 6 3/8 inches)
Small Chipped Beef Fork

Cream Ladle (with Narcissus) (6 inches)
Cream Ladle, Solid Piece

Salad Serving Fork ( with Iris) (9 3/8 inches)
Salad Serving Fork, Solid Piece

Pattern detail of Durgin ‘New Art’ Pattern Sterling Silver Waffle Server or Cake Lifter, c. 1900