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?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Two Tine Butter Picks

Earlier I mentioned Butter Picks, particularly one tine, here are the Two Tine variety of Butter Picks.

Dauphin by Durgin-Gorham (5 3/4 inches)

Federal Cotillion by Frank Smith (6 inches)

Heraldic by Whiting (6 1/4 inches)

King George by Gorham 


  1. What is the difference between a two tine butter pick and an olive fork?

  2. Funny you should ask because I just added an olive fork to my collection in Hamilton by Alvin and the only difference between it and a two tine butter pick is that the tips of the tines have very small spears on them. Otherwise they look very much alike. So many pieces look alike, especially when sizes are not consistent between manufacturers. For example I have an ice cream spoon in Old Baronial that is a good 1.5 inches longer than the same piece in Majestic by Alvin, and a third in Old English by Towle that falls somewhere in between. But if they were all the same, it would not be as interesting would it?