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, November 2, 2012

Hors D' Oeuvre Fork

I posted on Hor D' Oeuvre Pieces in general earlier. Here is the Hor D' Oeuvre Fork specifically. Several of these pieces can easily be confused with the Sardine Fork, but then others resemble a Strawberry or Berry Fork. Whatever they resemble, they are found in very few patterns.

Holly by Tiffany  (5 3/8 inches)

tiffany holly fork

Colonial by Tiffany (5 1/8 Inches)

Padova by Tiffany (4 inches)

Douvaine by Unger (5 1/4 inches)

Chantilly by Gorham 

Strasbourg by Gorham

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Salem Witch by Gorham

The Salem Witch pattern was designed in 1892 by Daniel Low for Gorham on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Salem Witch trials. This was the second, more detailed "Salem Witch" design he created.

Bon Bon Spoon (4 5/8 inches)

Bon Bon Spoon Solid

Demitasse Spoon (4 1/4 inches)

Demitasse Spoon

The earlier, less intricate Salem Witch design  by Daniel Low.