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, June 3, 2011

Sugar Shells (Part 2)

I posted about Sugar Shells in an earlier post. Here are some more examples of this beautiful piece that is found in every pattern.

New Vintage by Durgin (5 3/4 inches)

Sugar Spoon

Spartan by Baker Manchester (5 1/2 inches)

Sugar Spoon

Josephine by Frank Whiting (5 7/8 inches)

Sugar Spoon

Marquis by Frank Whiting (5 12/ inches)

Sugar Spoon

Fiddle and Thread by Vander (5 1/4 inches)

Marquis by Carrs (5 3/4 inches)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Vegetable Serving Fork

Another lovely serving piece, the Vegetable Serving Fork is a rather large piece, some pieces over nine inches long.

Itaglio by Reed and Barton (9 1/4 inches)

Marguerite by Gorham (8 5/8  inches)
Vegetable Serving Fork (solid)

La Reine by Reed and Barton (9 1/4 inches)
Vegetable Serving Fork (solid)

Luxumbourg by Gorham (9 inches)

Baronial Old by Gorham (7 3/4 inches)

Chrysanthemum by Unger  (9 3/8 inches)

Vegetable Serving Fork (solid)
Douvaine by Unger (8 1/4 inches)

Apollo by JB and SM Knowles (7 3/4 inches)
Vegetable Serving Fork (solid)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Fleur de Lis by Alvin

This is a lovely pattern in the tradition of Alvin, Fleur de Lis was Introduced in 1907. The large flat handle is adorned with a floral design at the top followed by an open space ideal for a monogram then another floral motif with delicate lines down the stem. The bowls and top of the tines of certain pieces also have elaborate floral designs on them.

Beef Fork (6 1/4 inches)
Beef Fork

Baked Potato Fork (6 3/4 inches)
Baked Potato Fork

Mustard Ladle (4 5/8 inches)
Mustard Ladle

Cheese Knife