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, August 31, 2012

Infant Feeding Spoon

At first sight the Infant Feeding Spoon may look like the Iced Tea Spoon, but at a little over 5 inches long it is 2 inches shorter than the Iced Tea Spoon. It has a long thin stem with a smaller bowl to fit in smaller mouths. This piece is found in most patterns.

Georgian Rose by Reed and Barton (5 7/8 inches)

Florentine Lace by Reed and Barton (5 7/8 inches)

Georgian by Towle (4 3/4 inches)

Esplanade by Towle    (5 3/4 inches)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cheese Pick - Part 2

An odd piece, I have posted on it earlier. Here are two more examples of the the Cheese Pick.

3496 by Gorham (7 1/2 inches)

Rose Solitaire by Towle

Monday, August 27, 2012

King Richard by Towle

Towle introduced King Richard in 1932. It was designed by Ferdinand Poppenhauser. It is a pretty pattern with a heavy design, but not one that stands out among the hundreds of truly unique patterns of its day.

Sugar Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

Pierced Bon Bon Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

Paddle Butter Spreader (5 /34 inches)

Strawberry Fork (5 1/8 inches)