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, July 27, 2012

Old Style Ice Cream Fork

As I mentioned earlier in my post on "Ice Cream Things", there is an Ice Cream Fork. Oh, how the Victorians loved their Ice Cream. Here are some examples of the Ice Cream Fork, and yes, it could have been the initial "spork".

St. James by Tiffany

Old Colonial by Towle

Benjamin Franklin by Towle

Persian by Tiffany

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Old Style Ice Cream Spoon Part 2

I posted on Old Style Ice Cream Spoons earlier - just another iteration to a piece for a Victorian favorite, ice cream. The "Old Style" tends to be a little smaller, usually less than a 1/2 inch or so than the "Regular" ice cream spoon.

Chrysanthemum by Tiffany (5 1/2 inches) as opposed to 5 7/8

Vine-Gourd by Tiffany (5 3/4 inches) as opposed to 6

Florentine by Tiffany (5 1/2 inches) as opposed to 5 5/8

Persian by Tiffany

Monday, July 23, 2012

Arabesque by Wendt

Arabesque was introduced by John R. Wendt and Co. in 1870, making the pattern 132 years old. It is an exquisite pattern. 

Berry Spoon (8 1/2 inches)

Crumb Knife (13 inches)

Large Solid Fish Server (9 3/8 inches)

Fork (7 1/4 inches)

Desert Knife (7 1/2 inches)