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, July 13, 2011

Morning Glory by Alvin

A simple pattern, but elegant in its simplicity. Morning Glory was introduced by Alvin in 1909. The pattern has an open Morning Glory blossom on the terminal and another at the top of the stem with an area between suitable for engraving. Thin lines run down the stem to a small leaf and a third very small blossom at the bottom of the stem just before the shoulder. The design is detailed and deep.

Pickle Fork (5 7/8 inches)
Olive Fork

Demitasse Spoon (4 inches)
Demitasse Spoon

Butter Spreader

Coffee Spoon (5 1/4 inches)


  1. Though I generally prefer plainer patterns, for some reason this one has always appealed to me. I am having difficulty finding a salad fork, however. Fish forks, which are very similar in shape and length, are available. Wonder if they could be used as a salad fork?

  2. The odd thing about fish forks is that they can range from 6 3/4 inches to as long 7 1/2 inches, while salad forks range from 6 inches to 6 3/4 inches rarely getting any longer. Depending on the pattern - they vary as much as the designs, where as a salad fork the tines are flat and protrude straight from the stem with at a very slight angle. With a fish fork, the area before the tines is indented almost like a shallow bowl. But, yes, you can probably use either and most of your guests would never know the difference. That said, I find fish forks usually very hard to find and the salad forks only second to teaspoons as pieces easy to get in a pattern.