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 18, 2011

Master Salt Spoon

Larger than individual salt spoons, but still miniature pieces. The Master Salt Spoon is usually four inches or less in length.


Watteau by Durgin (4 inches)
Master Salt Spoon

Frontenac by International (3 3/8 inches)
Master Salt Spoon


Stratford by International (3 1/4 inches)
Master Salt Spoon


Pomona by Towle (3 1/2 inches)
Master Salt Spoon


Arlington by Towle ( 3 7/8 inches)


Master Salt Spoon


Winchester by Towle (3 1/4 inches)
Master Salt Spoon
Cordova by Towle (3 1/2 inches)


Master Salt Spoon


Repousse by Kirk Stieff (3 3/4 inches)


Master Salt Spoon



Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bon Bon Tongs

Bon Bon Tongs are the smallest of the tongs (that I have found so far). Used to pick up Bon Bons when a spoon or scoop will not do.

Violet by Wallace (3 1/4 inches)
Bon Bon Tongs

Versailles by Gorham (3 3/4 inches)
Bon Bon Tongs

Louis XV by Whiting (3 inches)
Bon Bon Tongs

Imperial Chrysanthemum by Gorham (3 5/8 inches)
Bon Bon Tongs

Luxembourg by Gorham (3 5/8 inches)
Bon Bon Tongs

Waverly by Wallace (3 1/4 inches)

Bon Bon Tongs

Stratford by International (3 1/2 inches)
Bon Bon Tongs

Rococo by International (3 1/4 inches)

Bon Bon Tongs

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mythologique by Gorham

Mythologique was designed by Antoine Heller, one of Gorham's most famous designers and was introduced in 1894. It has mythological motifs in the pattern.

Salad Serving Fork (10 3/8 inches)
Salad Serving Fork, Solid Piece


Large Sugar Sifter (7 7/8 inches)


Large Sugar Sifter


Small Ice Cream Fork (5 3/8 inches)


Small Ice Cream Fork


Small Berry Spoon (8 3/8 inches)
Small Solid Berry/casserole Spoon


Fish Fork (6 7/8 inches)





Tomato Server (7 3/4 inches)


Tomato Server


Place Soup Spoon (7 1/4 inches)


Place Soup Spoon