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?
As I mentioned in my earlier post on Chipped Beef Forks, they come in three sizes: Small, Medium, and Large. And, often patterns will have some combination of the three sizes. Here are some more examples.
Arabesque was issued by Whiting in 1875 and was designed by Charles Osborne. The pattern has an elaborate design of a griffon carved on the terminal around a blank medallion suitable for engraving. The stem in straight lines met two thirds of the way down with a square followed by a graceful design that flows onto the shoulder of the piece. Some of the shoulders and bowls have elaborate carvings on them Ice Cream Spoon (5 1/2 inches)