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?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Orange Spoons

I touched on Citrus Spoons earlier, but this post is dedicated to just Orange Spoons. Like all citrus spoons, they have a pointed bowl to pierce the pulp.

Chantilly by Gorham (5 3/4 inches)
Fruit/orange Spoon

Buttercup by Gorham (5 5/8 inches)
Fruit/orange Spoon

Violet by Wallace (6 inches)
Fruit/orange Spoon

Versailles by Gorham (5 7/8 inches)
Fruit/orange Spoon

Lily of the Valley by Whiting (5 1/4 inches) 

King George by Gorham (5 3/4 inches)

Fruit/orange Spoon

Imperial Chrysanthemum by Gorham (5 1/2 inches)

Orange Spoon

Luxembourg by Gorham (5 3/4 inches)
Fruit/orange Spoon

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Olive Forks (Three Tine)

Like Pickle Forks, Olive Forks come in two tine and three tine varieties. Here are some examples of the the three tine variety. There are also long and short handle examples shown.

Chippendale Old by Alvin (7 1/4 inches)
Olive Fork Long Handle

Watteau by Durgin (6 inches)
Olive Fork

Knickerbocker by Gorham (8 inches)

Ribbon by Wendt (8 3/4 inches)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Du Barry by Durgin

Durgin introduced this pattern in 1901.

Cracker Server (9 1/2 inches)

Grapefruit Spoon

Gumbo Spoon (6 7/8 inches)
Gumbo Soup Spoon

Pierced Serving Spoon (8 1/2 inches)
Pierced Serving Spoon

Butter Spreader (5 1/2 inches)
FH Butter Spreader

Berry Spoon (9 3/4 inches)
Berry Spoon