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, May 6, 2011

Preserve Spoon

Preserve Spoons, while different from jam and jelly spoons, look very unique in every pattern.

Rustic by Towle (7 5/8 inches)

Preserve Spoon

Renaissance by Dominick and Haff (7 7/8 inches)
Preserve Spoon

Lily of the Valley by Whiting (7 3/4 inches)
Preserve Spoon

King George by Gorham (9 inches)
Preserve Spoon

Imperial Chrysanthemum by Gorham (7 1/8 inches)
Preserve Spoon

Medici-Old by Gorham (8 5/8 inches)

Bright Cut Preserve Spoon

Virginiana by Gorham (8 3/4 inches)
Preserve Spoon

Armor by Whiting (7 inches)

Baltimore Rose by Schofield (7 1/2 inches)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pate Knife (Part 2)

Here are more examples of the Pate Knife that I posted on earlier.  

Du Barry by Durgin (6 inches)
Pate Knife

Watteau by Durgin (5 3/4 inches)
Pate Knife

Baronial-Old by Gorham (6 inches)
Pate Knife

Monday, May 2, 2011

Empire by Durgin

Empire by Durgin is a totally different pattern by Empire by Towle. Durgin introduced this pattern in 1895.

Individual Berry Fork (4 7/8 inches)

Individual Berry Fork

Cream Soup Spoon  (5 3/4 inches)

Round Bowl Soup Spoon (cream Soup)

Large Solid Pie Knife (9 3/8 inches)

Large Solid Pie Knife

Teaspoon (5 7/8 inches)

Cocktail Fork (5 1/2 inches)