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, May 9, 2011

Chrysanthemum Patterns

Chrysanthemum was a common name and design in sterling flatware patterns. I could find nine different Chrysanthemum patterns - all very unique.

(Salad Serving Fork in Durgin 1893 designed by George Muller) (8 7/8 inches)
Salad Serving Fork, Solid Piece

(2 Tine Strawberry Fork in Stieff -1904) (4  3/4 inches)

(Gravy Ladle in Tiffany 1880 designed by Charles Grosjean) (7 5/8 inches)
Gravy Ladle With Hemispherical Bowl

(Ice Cream Serving Spoon in Gorham - 1885) (5 1/8 inches)
Ice Cream Serving Spoon Solid Bright

(Master Butter Knife in Shiebler  - 1886) (7 1/4 inches)

(Bon Bon Spoon in Fessenden - 1950) (5 1/2 inches)
Bon Bon Spoon Solid

(Demitasse Spoon in Imperial Chrysanthemum by Gorham  - 1894 designed by William C. Codman) (4 inches)
Demitasse Spoon

(Pattern by Alvin - 1900)
Five O’clock Teaspoon

(Pattern by Blackinton 1895)
Demitasse Spoon

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