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, April 11, 2011

Empire Patterns

Although not floral, mythological, or the name of some lovely lady, the name Empire is popular among manufactures. Here are some patterns sharing that name and Durgin, Amston, Mount Vernon also have patterns with the same name.

Empire by Towle (1894) (Sugar Spoon)

Sugar Spoon

Empire by Whiting (1892) (Sugar Sifter)
Sugar Sifter

Empire by Reed and Barton (1892) (Berry Spoon)
Berry Spoon

Empire by Tetard-Freres

Empire by Buccellati

New Empire by Gorham (1895)

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