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 18, 2011

Sugar Sifter (Part 2)

I have posted before about these beautiful pieces. The Sugar Sifter is a piece found in the older patterns that is no longer used.

Pomona By Towle (6 1/8 inches)
Large Sugar Sifter

Arlington by Towle (6 7/8 inches)
Large Sugar Sifter

BMS17 by Baker Manchester (6 1/4 inches)

Large Sugar Sifter

Canterbury by Towle (5 1/4 inches)

Large Sugar Sifter

Strasbourg by Gorham (5 1/2 inches)
Large Sugar Sifter

Lily by Whiting (5 1/2 inches)
Large Sugar Sifter

Monticello by Lunt (5 3/8 inches)

Small Sugar Sifter

Imperial Queen by Whiting (5 1/2 inches)

Small Sugar Sifter

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Solid Nut Spoon

The Solid Nut Server is the same size as the regular sized Pierced Nut Server. Although some of the solid bowls have some beautiful detailing, as a whole the pieces lack the elaborate decoration of its fancy cousin the pierced cousin. Patterns generally have a either pierced style or a solid design., but not both.

Hibiscus by Whiting (4 1/8  inches)

Renaissance by Dominick and Haff (4 3/4 inches)

Roanoke by Baker Manchester (5 3/4 inches)

Corsage by Stieff ( 5 3/8  inches)

Decor by Gorham (4 3/4 inches)

Duke of York by Whiting (4 1/2 inches)


Monday, November 14, 2011

Roses and Scrolls by Whiting

A lovely old pattern, Roses and Scrolls, was introduced in 1890. A design of roses are on the handle trailing down the stem. The design does not have a terminal. The decorations on the bowls of the spoons and the shoulders of the forks are just gorgeous. Also, the pattern lends itself to an old patina, like it was designed to age well. There was a reference that the pattern was also known as La Francais, but I could find no reference to La Francais.

Gravy Ladle (6 3/4 inches)
Gravy Ladle, Solid Piece

Demitasse Spoon (3 7/8 inches)
Demitasse Spoon

Large Solid Berry Spoon (8 3/4 inches)

Large Solid Berry/casserole Spoon

Large Solid Fish Serving Fork ( 9 1/4 inches)

Large Solid Fish Serving Fork

Macaroni Server  (9 1/2 inches)