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, September 10, 2010

Spaghetti Spoon and Fork

These Spaghetti Spoons and Forks are different pieces that may be custom made, however I could find them in several dozen patterns, including some of the older ones.

Spoon (Chase Romantique by Alvin) (8 1/8 inches)

Spaghetti Spoon

Fork (Chase Romantique by Alvin) (8 1/8 inches)

Spaghetti Straining Spoon

Spoon (Beekman/Tiffany by Tiffany) (8 1/4 inches)

Spoon (Heraldic by Whiting) (8 inches)

Spoon (American Beauty by Shiebler)

Spoon (Charles II by Dominick and Haff) (7  7/8 inches)

Spoon (Lucerne by Wallace) (7 inches)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ice Cream Slicers - Revisted

Earlier, I mentioned Ice Cream Slicers, but I did not give them their due. This is a beautiful piece.

Louvre by Wallace (10 1/2 inches)

Henry II by Gorham (11 1/2 inches)

Heraldic by Whiting (12 1/2 inches)

Japanese by Gorham (11 inches)

Japanese by Tiffany (11 inches)

Lily by Gorham ( 8 3/4 inches)

Litchfield by International (10 3/4 inches)

Love Disarmed by Reed and Barton (13 inches)

La Splendide by Reed and Barton (12 1/4 inches)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Persian by Tiffany

The Persian pattern was designed by Edward C. Moore for Tiffany and introduced in 1872 and was inactive by 1904. The style is Tiffany called "Moresque". The decoration is extremely "busy" with a continuous pattern of geometric scroll work, interwoven vines, as well as other floral ornamentation. An area was left open on the front terminal for engraving. 

Solid Berry Serving Scoop ( inches)Solid Berry Serving Scoop

Regular Fork (7 1/2 inches)

Salad fork (6 1/2 inches)

Teaspoon (6 1/8 inches)

Boullion Soup Spoon (5 5/8 inches)

4 O'clock Spoon (4 3/4 inches)

4 O'clock Spoon

Cheese Knife (7 1/2 inches)

Breakfast Knife (8 1/8 inches)