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, September 24, 2012

Esplanade by Towle

In the world of Sterling flatware, Esplanade by Towle is a rather new pattern being introduced in 1952. And, you will note the pattern is a much simpler, less ornate design. However, unlike some other patterns of the 50's, this pattern did not try to take on a modern flare. It still maintains a feminine flourish, albeit a simple one. Note the simplicity and lack of detail on the Bob Bon Server. (FYI - it - the pattern - was discontinued in 1996)

Lemon Fork (5 1/8 inches)

Lemon Fork

Solid Jelly Server (7 1/8 inches)

Large Solid Jelly Server

Bon Bon Server (6 1/4 inches)

Bon Bon Spoon Solid

Sugar Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

Sugar Spoon

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