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?

Monday, January 31, 2011

Imperial Queen by Whiting

This pattern by Whiting was introduced in 1895 (although another source said 1893). In either case it has long since been discontinued. The pieces, especially the serving pieces, are truly beautiful and a good example of one of the hundreds of antique discontinued patterns rarely seen.

Three Tine Salad Fork (6 1/8 inches)
Individual Solid Fish Fork

Egg Spoon (5 inches)
Egg Spoon

Ice Cream Spoon ( 5 1/4 inches)
Ice Cream Spoon

Small Sugar Sifter (5 1/2 inches)
Small Sugar Sifter

Berry Casserole Spoon (9 inches)
Large Solid Berry/casserole Spoon

Large Solid Pie Knife (9 1/8 inches)

Large Solid Pie Knife

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