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, December 7, 2012

Renaissance by Dominick and Haff

This gorgeous elaborate pattern by Dominick and Haff, Renaissance was introduced in 1894. If you look on the bottom of the terminal you will see a man's visage. This is a great example of the elegance of sterling silver in its hey day. 

Salad Fork (7 1/4 inches)
3-Tine Salad Fork

Ice Serving Spoon

Ice Serving Spoon Large

Large Ice Cream Slicer
Large Solid Ice Cream Slicer

Fish Fork
Individual Solid Fish Fork

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Old Maryland by Kirk Stieff

In 1936 Kirk Stieff introduced Old Maryland. The pattern is etched in the terminal with room left for a monogram. A very busy pattern continues down the stem stopping well short of the shoulder.

Sugar Shell (6 1/4 inches)

Sugar Shell Spoon

Oyster Fork (5 3/4 inches)

Oyster Fork

Bon Bon Spoon  (5 1/4 inches)

Bon Bon Spoon Solid

Knife (8 7/8 inches)
New French Hollow Knife With Bolster

Monday, December 3, 2012

Della Robbia by Alvin

Della Robia was introduced by Alvin in 1922. It is a very simple pattern with a floral motif. 

Large Sugar Tongs (4 3/4 inches)

Large Sugar Tongs

Gravy Ladle (5 1/2 inches)

Gravy Ladle, Solid Piece

Knife (9 3/4 inches)

Old French Hollow Knife

Small Jelly Server

Small Solid Jelly Server