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 18, 2011

Lansdowne by Gorham

Lansdowne was introduced by Gorham in 1907. It was designed by Barton P. Jenks. 

Individual Salad Fork (6 1/8 inches)

Two Piece Salad Set 

Demitasse Spoon (4 3/8 inches)

Pie Server (9 1/4 inches)

Sugar Spoon (5 7/8 inches)


  1. This is a magnificent pattern! Some call it early art deco, but it is really neoclassical. Mixes and matches well with other patterns from same era (1910's), such as Tiffany's San Lorenzo, Wallace's Dauphine, Gorham's Etruscan, Whiting's, Mandarin, International's Trianon, and Shreve's Adam., For china, I suggest that you use one of these Lenox patterns<:: Old Colonial or Buchanan.

  2. Personally with the 100's, maybe 1000's of sterling patterns out there, neoclassical is not my favorite. OK, I do not care for neoclassical at all. I can, however, appreciate the artistry that went into the design whether I care for it or not.

  3. Without wishing to sound politically incorrect or sexist, I suspect that men prefer neo-classical while women lean toward art nouveau. Just a hunch. But you're right--it's all art.