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, September 14, 2012

Orange Spoon (Part 3)

Sometimes referred to  as the Fruit/Orange Spoon, I have posted earlier on the Orange Spoon with its  gold washed and pointed bowl tip. The gold wash protected the sterling from the acidic citrus juices and the tip helped cut through the pulp.

These four patterns by Tiffany date back to the late 1800's.

English King by Tiffany (5 3/4 inches)

Faneuil by Tiffany (5 7/8 inches)

Olympian by Tiffany   (6 inches)

Palm by Tiffany (6 inches)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Place Spoons

A year or so ago I did a post on all the Knife Place Pieces and all the Fork Place Pieces. Here I will attempt to name the Spoon Place Pieces. According to etiquette, one would never have to deal with all these pieces at one meal.

However, unlike with the knives and forks, there are so many, I was not going to bore you with an example of each. Hopefully, I either have posted (or will post) of an example of each, so if you are curious you can search for it on the blog.

Here is a list of the possible Place Spoons - not serving mind you, simply place spoons.

Bouillon Soup Spoon 
Breakfast Spoon
Chowder Spoon
Citrus Spoon
Coffee Spoon
Continental Size Teaspoon
Cracker Spoon
Cream Soup Spoon
Demitasse Spoon
Dessert Spoon
Dinner Spoon
Duck Spoon
Egg Spoon
Fruit Spoon
Gumbo Soup Spoon
Ice Cream Spoon
Jam Spoon
Jelly Spoon
Lemonade Spoon
Melon Spoon
Orange Spoon
Oyster Spoon
Parfait Spoon 
Place Soup Spoon
Preserve Spoon
Pudding Spoon
Pumpkin Spoon
Salt Spoon
Sauce Spoon
Scallop Spoon
Sherbet Spoon
Tea Infuser Spoon

And, I am sure I have omitted a few - somewhere.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Nursery Rhymes by Tiffany

A wonderful pattern for children's pieces of sterling. Tiffany introduced the pattern Nursery Rhymes in 1900. The terminal and stem of each piece represents a different traditional nursery rhyme. 

 Close up of the Jack and Jill design

Junior Fork - Little Bo Peep (6 3/4 inches)

 Youth Fork

Junior Spoon - Jack and Jill (6 1/2 inches)

Youth Spoon

Junior Knife - Little Red Riding Hood (7 1/2 inches) (all silver)