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, April 26, 2013

Donatello by Amston

Amston introduced Donatello in 1912. The pattern has a busy design on the terminal that resembles bunches of grapes or hanging leaves. Although the terminal indents in, it is edged with a design that fills in the dip. The stem is plain, there is a simple embellishment on the the top of the shoulder and the shoulders of the serving pieces are edged with a design. The pattern strikes me as more modern that its Edwardian years.

Gravy Ladle  (6 1/2 inches)

Medium Cold Meat Serving Fork (8 1/8 inches)

Salad Serving Piece (9 1/8 inches)

Butter Spreader (6 1/4 inches)

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