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?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Patterns Named for Ladies (1)

These are a few examples of patterns named for ladies. And, I must say, given my penchant for the ornate and detailed designs, these patterns don't do these ladies justice in my mind. Now, one must remember that these were introduced 1910 - 1940, not necessarily the best design years for sterling.

Lady Diana by Towle (1928) (Bon Bon Spoon)

Lady Hilton by Westmorland (1940) (Cold Meat Serving Fork)

Lady Claire by Kirk Stieff (1925) Tomato Server

Lady Baltimore by Whiting (1910) (Chipped Beef Fork)

Lady Beatrice by Alvin (1910) (Five O'Clock Spoon)

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