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, October 12, 2012

Solid Nut Spoon Part 2

I posted on this earlier. The Solid Nut Spoon is another nut serving piece.

BMS30 by Baker Manchester (5 1/2 inches)

 Solid Nut Serving Spoon

Modern Victorian by Lunt (4 7/8 inches)

Solid Nut Serving Spoon in the Modern Victorian (sterling,1941,no Mono) pattern by Lunt Silver

Azalia by Blackinton (5 inches)

Baltimore Rose by Schofield (5 5/8 inches)

Poppy by Baker Manchester (5 inches)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Aeolian by Knowles

Aeolian was introduced by JB & Sm Knowles in 1882. The engraving on the blades of some of the pieces is very intricate. This was common for patterns during this time. And the pattern on the stems and terminals is ornate and rich, especially when the pieces are old and have patina that show off the intricacies of the design.

Large Pie Knife (9 1/8 inches)

Flat Handle Master Butter Knife  (7 1/8 inches)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Josephine by Frank Whiting

Frank Whiting's pattern Josephine (there are 8 other patterns named "Josephine" by other manufacturers) was introduced in 1890. It is a rich and ornate pattern. Its lines remind me of FW's Lily pattern without the floral notes. 

Sugar Shell (5 1/8 inches)

Sugar Shell Spoon

Bon Bon Spoon (5 inches)

Bon Bon Spoon Solid

Youth Tea Fork (6 inches)

Solid Youth Tea Fork

Fruit/orange Spoon (6 inches)

Fruit/orange Spoon