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?
Monday, January 9, 2012
Le Marquise by Reed and Barton
La Marquise was introduced by Reed and Barton in 1895. The pattern was designed by Austin F. Jackson. The most unique mark of the pattern is the shield on the terminal that is very handy for engraving. The pieces themselves are heavy looking with a deep design of dots and swirls. The swirls and dots on the terminal continue down the stem. The Berry Spoon is particularly lovey with lilies and other flowers decorating the shoulder and edges of the bowl.