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, November 4, 2011

Pierced Waffle Server

As I mentioned earlier, there are two types of Waffle Servers, here is the Pierced Waffle Server. (The other being the Solid Waffle Server).

Raleigh by Alvin (8 3/4 inches)
Pierced Waffle Server Solid

Alexandra by Dominick and Haff (8 1/8  inches)
Pierced Waffle Server Solid
Bel Chateau by  Lunt (9 3/4 inches)

Yetive by Mount Vernon (7 3/8 inches)

Love Disarmed by Reed and Barton (11 inches)

Chrysanthemum by Tiffany (8 /34 inches)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Flat Handle Master Butter Knife

There are several types of butter knives or spreaders. These are examples of the flat handle  Master Butter Knife which is found in every pattern. The basic silhouette  is very similar among the patterns, however some are elaborate in their design. 

Louis XV by Durgin (7 inches)

Flat Handle Master Butter KnifeEnglish Rose by Durgin (6 3/4 inches)
Flat Handle Master Butter Knife

Madame Royale by Durgin (7 inches)
Flat Handle Master Butter Knife

Alhambra by Whiting (7 inches)

Lucerne by Wallace (7 inches)

St. James by Tiffany (7 1/8 inches)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Angelo by Wood and Hughes

Angelo was designed by Charles F. Richers and introduced in 1874 by Wood and Hughes. The terminal is flat and wide with an intricate design in it that continues down the stem. The bowls of the serving spoons and butter knives have designs on the blades.

Gravy Ladle (7 3/4 inches)

Master Butter (7 inches)

Berry Spoon (7 1/8 inches)

Three Tine Pie Fork (6 inches)

Sugar Sifter (8 1/4 inches)