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, January 6, 2012

Jelly Cake Server (Part 2) (Pierced)

I have posted earlier on the Jelly Cake Server. This is by far one of the more ornate and elegant pieces of a sterling flatware pattern. Here are some more examples. 

Love Disarmed by Reed and Barton (10 inches)
Les Cinq Fleurs by Reed and Barton(9 5/8 inches)

La Parisienne by Reed and Barton (10 1/2 inches)
Abbottsford by International (8 1/8 inches)

Cloeta by International (8 inches)

Number 10 by Dominick and Haff (10 1/8 inches)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cake Server

The Cake Servers in some Reed and Barton patterns are particularly elegant. Below are some examples. Most patterns have a plain stainless blade, but not Reed and Barton.The pieces in these particular patterns are one piece of sterling silver.

Francis I  by Reed and Barton (9 3/8 inches)

Burgundy by Reed and Barton (9 1/2 inches)

La Marquise by Reed and Barton (9 3/8 inches)

Trajan by Reed and Barton (9 3/8 inches)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Old Style Pickle Fork Part 2

I posted earlier on this piece. And here are more examples of the Old Style Pickle Fork.

Stieff Rose by Kirk Stieff 

Lancaster by Gorham (5 7/8 inches)

Fairfax by Durgin  (6 inches)

Chapel Bells by Alvin (5 3/4 inches)
Old Style Pickle Fork

Lenox by Durgin

The pattern Lenox was introduced by Durgin in 1912. It was designed by Barton P. Jenks. The design is simple yet elegant.

Pastry Fork (6 1/8 inches)
Ice Cream Fork (5 1/2 inches)

Butter Spreader (5 1/2 inches)

Fork (7 1/4 inches)

Bon Bon Spoon (4 7/8 inches)