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, September 23, 2011

Pickle Forks (Three Tine)

I posted on Two Tine Pickle Forks earlier. Here is its cousin, the Three Tine Pickle Fork.

Rustic by Towle  (6 inches)

Old Style Pickle Fork

Chippendale Old by Alvin (6 inches)
Pickle Fork

Bridal Bouquet by Alvin
Pickle Fork Pierced With Short Han-Hc

Della Robbia by Alvin (5 5/8 inches)
Old Style Pickle Fork

Lily of the Valley by Whiting (6 3/8 inches)
Old Style Pickle Fork

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cucumber Server (Part 3)

I posted earlier on this beautiful serving piece. Here are more Cucumber Servers. 

Douvaine by Unger (6 7/8 inches)

Edgewood by International

La Marquise by Reed and Barton (6 1/4 inches)

Layfayette by Mount Vernon (6 1/4 inches)

Lancaster by Gorham (5 3/4 inches)

Paris by Gorham (7 1/8 inches)

Rose by Wallace (6 3/8 inches)

Buttercup by Gorham (5 3/4 inches)

Small Cucumber-Tomato Server With Tee

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sets of Silverware (Part 2)

Just as I stated in my earlier post on the prices of a set of sterling flatware, I am not qualified to appraise silver, these are just prices I came across at one time (and are just a snapshot - I am sure they vary day to day, vendor to vendor), but they give you some idea of the retail value of these sets.

La Scalla by Gorham  (1964) ($3,500) 64 pieces

Chantilly by Gorham (1895) ($3,600) 82 pieces

Acanthus by Georg Jenson (1917) ($8,900)

Broom Corn by Tiffany (1890) ($45,000)

Chrysanthemum by Tiffany (1880) ($25,000)

Flora by Shielber (1890) ($22,000)